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September 23, 2023 11:58 pm

Cooney named to NFCA all-region team

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive junior outfielder Courtlynn Cooney was announced as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association first-team all-region honoree on Wednesday afternoon.

Cooney claims the all-region accolade at outfielder from the NFCA for a third straight season while earning first-team status for a second consecutive year. The junior produced another stellar campaign for the Trojans and set the single-season program record after hitting .503 (73 for 145) as the leadoff hitter. Her batting average ranks fourth in NCAA Division II and paces the Conference Carolinas. Cooney finished with 23-multi hit performances, including eight games with at least three hits, while recording a 24-game hitting streak during the season. She also led the league with 36 stolen bases and ranked among the top five in hits (73) and slugging percentage (.545).

A native of Mechanicsville, Md., Cooney was one of 150 student-athletes named to the 2023 Tucci/NFCA Division II Player of the Year watchlist and received her third straight nod to the All-Conference Carolinas First Team. She was also voted to the All-Defensive Team by the conference in center field after tallying 65 putouts and a .973 fielding percentage.

NFCA member head coaches from each respective region nominated their student-athletes and voted for the teams. All the honorees are now eligible for selection to the 2023 NFCA Division II All-America squads. Cooney was one of seven players from the Conference Carolinas named to the all-region teams.

— From University of Mount Olive Athletics