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May 03, 2003

USI softball gets six on All-GLVC team,
Five named first-team

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.—The University of Southern Indiana softball team had five players selected to the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference first team and another to the second team as announced by GLVC Commissioner Jim Naumovich at the annual GLVC Softball Breakfast.

USI’s five first-team performers included four juniors—catcher Kristen Houseworth (Martinsville, Indiana), second baseman Brooke Biggs (Osceola, Indiana), pitcher/designated player Shannon Emmons (Boonville, Indiana), third baseman Nichole Pike (Fairfield, Illinois)—and one sophomore, leadoff hitter and rightfielder Sunny Oelling (Valparaiso, Indiana). Senior centerfielder Rachel Bowling (Middletown, Indiana) earned second-team honors.

Houseworth is making the first team for the second consecutive year after hitting .374 with a team-high six homeruns and 30 RBIs during the regular season. She hit .413 with three homeruns and 18 RBIs in 20 conference games.

Biggs, who is earning All-GLVC honors for the first time in her career, hit .333 during the regular season and recorded a .979 fielding percentage at second base. She led the GLVC with 20 walks and was second in the league with 13 sacrifice bunts during regular-season play.

Emmons is making the squad in her first year with the Screaming Eagles as a designated player. She was second on the team with a .384 batting average and led USI with 15 doubles. Emmons, who was 14-12 with a 1.70 ERA in 144 1/3 innings as a pitcher during the regular season, hit a team-leading .479 in GLVC contests.

Pike also is making the first team in her inaugural season with the Eagles. She hit .341 with a pair of home runs and 26 runs batted during the regular season. Pike hit a blistering .489 with 15 RBIs and both her home runs during USI’s regular season-ending 14-game winning streak.

Oelling was one of the GLVC’s biggest surprises in 2003. She led the Eagles and was third in the conference with a .411 batting average after hitting .193 during her freshman campaign. Oelling scored a team-high 33 runs while recording five doubles as well as a team-high three triples and six stolen bases.

Bowling is earning All-GLVC honors for the fourth time in her career. After earning first-team honors as a utility player in her first three seasons, Bowling came on late in the season for USI in 2003. She hit .364 with a home run and 14 runs batted in during USI’s winning streak.

As a team, the Eagles had more first-team All-GLVC performers than any other team in the league.

Northern Kentucky University’s freshman pitcher, Krysten Lewallen, was named GLVC “Freshman of the Year” while Bellarmine University’s senior utility player, Kara Houston, earned GLVC “Player of the Year” honors. Bellarmine’s Joe Elston and Lewis University’s George DiMatteo shared the GLVC honor for “Coach of the Year”.

Dan McDonnell,
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