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Abbey Walters Named to All-State College Team

GREENSBORO – Bladenboro native Abbey Walters has been named to the North Carolina Sports Information Association College Division All-State First Team.

Walters, a pitcher/outfielder for UNC-Pembroke, batted .415 this season while driving in 39 runs and piling up 27 extra-base hits. She ranked second in the Peach Belt Conference with 54 runs scored, 68 hits, 115 total bases, 17 doubles and a .701 slugging percentage.

A two-time All-PBC selection, Walters was fourth in the league in stolen bases (28 steals in 28 attempts) and batting average; sixth in home runs (10) and 12th in on-base percentage (.461).

The West Bladen grad racked up 20 multi-hit games, connected for at least 3 hits in 9 games and had 8 games with multiple runs-batted-in. She put together a team-best 19-game hitting streak and reached base in 22 straight games.

In the pitching circle, Walters led the team with 12 wins, while posting a 2.59 Earned Run Average in 25 starts. She set a school record with 17 complete games and tossed 5 shut-outs, while recording 115 strike-outs and holding opponents to a .231 batting average.

Walters was second in the PBC in complete games and fifth in shutouts. She ranked in the top-10 in the league in games started, wins, innings pitched (143.1) strike-outs and strike-outs per game (5.6). The senior righthander pitched her second-career no-hitter in a 13-0 win over Barton on Feb. 11.

Walters also became the first UNC-Pembroke player to be recognized as the Louisville Slugger/National Softball Player of the Week for Division II for the week of Feb. 6-12.

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