Local college notebook: CR grad Burton etches name into Wilmington University softball record book

An outfielder, Rosa’Lynn Burton already has 215 hits in her career. She’s finished with 88 and then 87 hits in her first two complete seasons. Submitted photos

Ever since she put up 88 hits in her freshman season, Rosa’Lynn Burton has been on a collision course with this record.

Rosa’Lynn Burton

But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a big deal for the Caesar Rodney High grad to break Wilmington University’s all-time hits record in softball.

Still only a junior, Burton smashed the mark when she got her 202nd career hit in the Wildcats’ doubleheader with LIU Post last Sunday.

“Rosa’Lynn has been the top offensive player on our team ever since she stepped foot on campus,” said Wilmington coach Mike Shehorn, the former CR coach. “She works extremely hard in the classroom, weight room, as well as on the field. To break the all-time hits record just 17 games into her junior year is impeccable.”

An outfielder, Burton already has 215 hits in her career. She’s finished with 88 and then 87 hits in her first two complete seasons.
At that rate, Burton would finish with well over 300 hits by the time she’s finished her career with the Wildcats.

Burton currently leads the CACC in batting average (.500, 40-for-80) to go along with 25 runs and 12 RBI. With 26 stolen bases, she not only leads the conference but is ranked third nationally in NCAA Division II.

Along with total hits, Burton already owns the school record for career stolen bases (113) and triples (16) while her career batting average of .473 is 100 points higher than the previous mark.

It goes without saying but Shehorn hopes Burton sets some more records before she’s done.

“She is a tremendous athlete but an even better person,” he said. “To have a player like her at the top of your lineup makes life a little easier because of her speed and ability to hit, slap, or bunt.”

DSU’s Larkin in 3X3U

Kevin Larkin will get to play a little more college basketball after all.

The Delaware State senior and Sussex Tech High grad has been selected to play in the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship.

Larkin will be one of four MEAC players in the event, which is slated for April 5-7 in Minnesota’s Mall of America.

All 32 Division I conferences are represented in the tournament which is for seniors competing for $150,000 in prize money. The winning team receives $100,000 — double last year’s prize — as well as getting to compete in the USA Basketball 3×3 Open National Championship later this spring.

Larkin was a third-team all-MEAC pick in his one season with the Hornets. His average of 16 points a game was fourth in the league while he was third in rebounding at 8.9, posting 11 double-doubles.

In last year’s 3X3 event, DSU’s Artem Tavakalyan was part of the MEAC squad that reached the final four.

DelState creates new athletic administration position

Delaware State Director of Athletics Scott Gines has announced the appointment of Dennis A. Hawkins Jr. as Associate Athletics Director for Finance & Administration.

Hawkins most recently served as Assistant Athletics Director for Financial Operations in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation at Texas A&M University – Kingsville (TAMUK) of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference since 2015. His responsibilities included managing an approximately $8 million athletics budget with 40 full-time staff members and roughly 75 student/task workers.

Gines was the athletic director at TAMUK before taking the Delaware State job last summer.

“The position of Associate AD-Finance & Administration is both new and strategic at Delaware State,” Gines said. “More importantly, Dennis Hawkins brings an array of successful financial experiences in both college athletics and the private sector, and he will play a key role in developing our long-term financial model. That model will address our scheduling philosophy, gender equity plan and how we best position every athletic program for development and success over time.”

Notes

• Dover High grad Jordan Hutchins leads the Delaware baseball team in hits (26), RBI (20) and total bases (39). The sophomore infielder’s .310 batting average is third among regulars.

• On the Blue Hens’ softball diamond, Lake Forest High grad Brooke Glanden leads Delaware in hits (28) and total bases (54). The freshman infielder is also third in batting average (.318) and second in RBI (16).

• Polytech High grad Carter Chasanov has started 15 games as a freshman outfielder at Bloomsburg. He hit his first collegiate homer in a 5-4 win over St. Thomas Aquinas a couple weeks ago.

• Delmar High product Jordan Haddaway had nine strikeouts and did not allow an earned run in a victory for the Delaware Tech baseball team last week over the College of Morris.

• Freshman Ben Cooper, from Selbyville, has finished first or second for Delaware Tech in every golf tournament this season. He shot an 88 last week in Burlington County, New Jersey.

• Delaware State’s equestrian team put 18 riders on the United Equestrian Conference all-academic team. Making the first team were Eva Epstein, Shelbe Jarrett, Zoe Kirsch and Kelsey McArthur.

• Wesley College’s baseball pitchers have walked 170 batters and hit 55 more in 126.0 innings, which is one reason the Wolverines have a staff ERA of 12.79.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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