PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Julia Seader had a season for the ages on the softball field for Long Island University (LIU) Post.

The Piscataway native set all kinds of records as a senior at the Division-II school in Brookville, N.Y. as she matched the single-season program record with games played (64) and hits (91), while leading the nation in total bases (173) and home runs (21). She was also fifth in the country in hits, 10th in RBI (63), and 12th in slugging percentage (.832), 32nd in batting average (4.38), 36th in doubles (17), and 46th in on-base percentage.

In 2019, Seader posted a team-best 31 multi-hit games, including eight with three or more hits, tallied a team-high 19 multi-RBII games, including seven with three or more, and had a 17-game hitting streak and a 32-game streak of reaching base safely.

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She did all of this while getting bruised up behind the plate at catcher. Seader started all 227 games behind the plate since she joined the team as a freshman.

For her efforts, Seader was named the Schutt Sports/NFCA National Division II Player of the Year after having already been named East Coast Conference Player of the Year, Division II Conference Commissioners Association East Region Player of the Year, NFCA Division II Catcher of the Year, and NFCA first team All-America. She became the first LIU Post student-athlete to be named National Player of the Year in the 44-year history of the softball team, and was the first player from the East Region to earn the award as well.

Seader was also one of 11 finalists for the recent Division II Honda Athlete of the Year award, it was announced last month. The award ceremony took place on June 24 in Los Angeles, Ca., and while Seader ultimately didn’t win the top prize, she was thankful to put up for it. The CWSA and Honda have honored the nation’s best NCAA women athletes for over four decades.

“I am so honored to be a finalist for this award,” Seader said in a statement last month. “I would like to thank the CWSA (THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards) and Honda for acknowledging women in collegiate athletics. This not only highlights myself as a softball player, but also my hard work and dedication to the sport I’ve given my life to. Being a finalist is amazing to not only represent myself but my school and state. I would not be here if I didn’t have the support and love given by my parents, coaches, and teammates.”

In addition to her standout season, Seader leaves LIU Post as the Pioneers’ career leader in at-bats (760), hits (304), doubles (60), total bases (523) and slugging percentage (.688).

“Julia personifies the core values of an LIU Post softball player,” LIU Post head coach Jamie Apicella said. “What separates Julia is her drive and commitment to be a true leader and her tireless commitment to excellence. This talented young woman always strived to be the best and may go down as the most decorated athlete in LIU Post history. We couldn't be prouder of her accomplishments this season and throughout her career.”

Seader and her whole Pioneer squad finished ranked No. 8 for D-II in the final National Fastpitch Coaches Association rankings. LIU Post totaled a best 51 wins on the entire year and earned a new program record 44 regular season wins as well. The Pioneers received the top overall seed in the NCAA Division II Softball Championships.

During this past season’s NCAA Tournament, Seader hit .435 with seven RBI. She also had the game-winning home run in the eighth inning of the East Region Championship game against Saint Anselm on May 17.

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