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May 09, 2003

Eagles land four on All-Region squad

The University of Southern Indiana softball team had four players named to the Great Lakes All-Region team in vote done by the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA).

Junior catcher Kristen Houseworth (Martinsville, Indiana), junior third baseman Nichole Pike (Fairfield, Illinois), and sophomore outfielder Sunny Oelling (Valparaiso, Indiana) earned first-team honors while junior pitcher Shannon Emmons (Boonville, Indiana) was named to the second team.

Houseworth, who is making the squad for the second straight season, hit a career-high .371 with six home runs and 32 runs batted in during the 2003 campaign. She committed just one error in 41 games behind the plate.

Pike, who transferred to USI from Wabash Valley Junior College, hit .333 with a pair of home runs and 27 RBIs in her first season with the Screaming Eagles. Oelling hit a team-leading .401 with 34 runs scored and 19 runs batted in during her sophomore season.

Emmons recorded a team-low 1.89 ERA and a team-high 14 wins as a pitcher. She hit .383 with team-leading 16 doubles to go along with a home run and 24 RBIs from the plate.

USI finished the 2003 campaign with a 27-18 overall record and a 13-7 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Eagles closed out the regular season with 14 straight wins before going 1-2 in the GLVC Tournament.

2003 NFCA Softball
All-Great Lakes Region Teams

First Team
Pitcher - Jennifer Mackson, Grand Valley State
Pitcher: Josie Nelson, Ashland
Pitcher: RyAnn Spann, SIU Edwardsville
Catcher: Mandy Sandbury, Ashland
Cather: Kristen Houseworth, Southern Indiana
First Base: Sarah Vroegindewey, Grand Valley State
Second Base: Holly Neuerburg, SIU Edwardsville
Shortstop: Kerri Jonas, Grand Valley State
Third Base: Nichole Pike, Southern Indiana
Outfield: Jenny Esker, SIU Edwardsville
Outfield: Rayner Balciunas, W.V. Wesleyan
Outfield: Sunny Oelling, Southern Indiana
Designated Player: Ann Dunmire, Ashland
Utility: Kara Houston, Bellarmine

Second Team
Pitcher: Cory Karcesky, W.V. Wesleyan
Pitcher: Krystal Lewallen, Northern Kentucky
Pitcher: Shannon Emmons, Southern Indiana
Catcher: Megan Owens, Northern Kentucky
Catcher: Maria D'Agostino, Wayne State
First Base: Erika Aimers, Bellarmine
Second Base: Jennifer Goldschmeding, Grand Valley State
Shortstop: Veronica Schmidt, SIU Edwardsville
Third Base: Sara Mathes, Ashland
Outfield: Katie Waldo, SIU Edwardsville
Outfield: Tiffany Martin, West Liberty State
Outfield: Shanna Waldo, SIU Edwardsville
Designated Player: Amy Roberts, Lewis
Utility: Leah Ondrovick, Wayne State

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