Senior Megan Cook of the Merrimack College softball program saw her decorated 2018 year continue as she was named a 2018 Fastpitch News Second Team All-American, the organization announced earlier this week.
Cook earned All-American recognition from the third separate outlet after honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA). The right-hander was named Northeast-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year, earning a spot on the all-league first team, while she also earned all-region first-team selections from the NFCA and the D2CCA.
The Bellingham, Mass. native dazzled in the circle to compose one of the most dominant single-season pitching efforts in program history. Cook led Merrimack and ranked second in the NE10 with 25 wins, 188 strikeouts and a 1.39 ERA. Her 231.1 innings thrown lead all NE10 hurlers, while nationally Cook finished the season 21st in ERA and tied for 11th in wins. She set career bests in wins, ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts to go along with a career-high 29 complete games, 12 shutouts, four saves and a .216 batting average against.
In program lore, Cook cemented her name across the Merrimack record book. The righty became Merrimack’s single-season strikeout leader with 188 punch outs, won the third-most games ever (25) and finished her senior campaign with the third highest innings total ever (231.1). She capped off her four-year career ranking sixth in program history in both IP (481.0) and strikeouts (359).
Her 2018 season also featured stellar fielding statistics. The pitcher did not commit an error in 106 chances, totaling 87 assists and 19 putouts. Cook also had a career season at the plate, hitting a career-high .378 over 111 at-bats with a career-best 42 hits, two homers and 25 RBI. She ranked second on the team with 15 extra-base knocks including 11 doubles while scoring 14 runs and 63 total bases.
Cook led the Warriors to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament and 15th in program history, which marked the first consecutive appearances in the East Regional since the program’s 10-year run of berths from 1993-2002.