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DeLuca, O'Leary Named ECAC Softball All-Stars

May 29, 1998

VILLANOVA, Pa.--- Villanova softball senior Jessica DeLuca was named to the ECAC/Reebok Division I Softball All-Star first team, while sophomore Megan O'Leary was named a second team selection on Friday, May 29, for their outstanding play in helping lead the Wildcats to a school record 36 victories in 1998.

DeLuca, a leftfielder from Roselle Park High School in Roselle Park, N.J., put together one finest single season softball performances in Villanova history during the 1998 season. She led the Wildcats in six offensive categories, and finished first in the Big East Conference in hits (68), runs (47) and stolen bases (27) and third in batting average (.382) for overall games. In addition, DeLuca broke seven school records in 1998. She surpassed the single season marks for stolen bases, hits and runs and set new Villanova career records in hits (218), runs (124), doubles (33) and stolen bases (56). For her efforts, DeLuca was also named to the All-Region first team and All-Big East second team.

A second baseman from Natick High School in Natick, Mass., O'Leary was the Wildcats' main power source in 1998. She led the Villanova team in both homeruns (5) and RBI (42) this season, in addition to batting .329. O'Leary's 42 RBI and five homeruns were the second highest marks in school history. Even more impressive, however, were her Big East numbers as she hit .422 with four homeruns and 17 RBI in 14 conference games.

DeLuca and O'Leary were two key factors in helping the 1998 Villanova softball team achieve one of the finest seasons ever in school history. The Wildcats finished the year with a 36-17 overall record and an 8-6 Big East mark. Posting a top ten regional ranking, Villanova also earned a berth in the ECAC Tournament for the second time in three seasons.