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SARA LOETE #16

Catcher…Junior…5'6"
Pekin, IL (Pekin/Bradley)
Bats/Throws: R/R
MAJOR: Social Science (Teaching)

2008: Became the first USI softball player in 10 years to earn All-America honors and the first in the program's history to be named All-America by two different organizations in the same season...earned first-team NFCA All-America honors as a designated player and second-team Daktronics All-America honors as a designated player...also earned first-team All-Region by both NFCA and Daktronics as well as first-team All-GLVC...led the GLVC with a single-season school-record 54 RBIs as a sophomore, surpassing Pat Snell's 30-year old record of 50...also became just the third player since 1998 to hit .400 in a single season (Sunny Oelling hit .401 in 2003 and Trisha Poling hit .451 in 1998)...finished the season with a .405 batting average...also became the second player in school history to hit double-figures in home runs (10)...racked up nine doubles to go along with a team-high 64 hits...ranked in the top five of eight GLVC statistical categories...started the season with a big splash, cranking two balls over the fence in USI's season-opener against Arkansas Tech...was second on the team with 18 multi-hit games and had a team-best 17 games in which she recorded multiple RBIs...had a season-best nine-game hitting streak...recorded a season-high four hits against Indianapolis and a season-best three RBIs seven times...went 5-for-8 against national runner-up Emporia State...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

TRANSFER: Transferred from Bradley University (Peoria, Illinois) where she played in 23 games as a freshman in 2007...hit .217 with three home runs and eight RBIs to help Bradley to a 26-23 record during her freshman season.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Pekin High School (Pekin, Illinois) where she was a four-time first-team All-Conference selection...earned second-team All-Area honors as a senior after recording a .515 batting average...was PHS's Offensive MVP each of her last two seasons and was the Illinois State hitting derby finalist as well as a sectional champion as a junior.

PERSONAL: Born February 10, 1988...daughter of Jeffrey and Brenda Loete...was a national qualifying political speaker and speech captain during her senior year at PHS.

Career Statistics at Bradley
Yr     BA   GP   AB   R   H  RBI  2B  3B  HR  TB  BB  SO  SB  FLD%
07   .217   23   46   3  10    8   0   0   3  19   2  13   0  .960

Career Statistics at USI
Yr     BA   GP   AB   R   H  RBI  2B  3B  HR  TB  BB  SO  SB  FLD%
08   .405   54  158  25  64   54   9   0  10 103  24  20   1   n/a


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