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May 12, 2005

Post-season awards roll in for USI softball team

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana softball sophomore catcher Lisa Anderson (Chesterton, Indiana) has been named first-team All-Great Lakes Region, while senior centerfielder Sunny Oelling (Valparaiso, Indiana) has been named second-team All-Region and second-team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V.

Anderson, who is earning All-Region honors for the second straight season, led the Screaming Eagles with four home runs and 30 RBIs. She hit .329 on the season and was named first-team All-GLVC for the second consecutive year.

Oelling, who graduated this past Sunday with a bachelor’s degree in art, led the Eagles with a .341 batting average and 30 runs scored in 2005. The awards mark the second time Oelling has earned All-Region honors and the first time she has earned Academic All-District honors.

To be eligible for Academic All-District and All-America, the nominee must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The student athlete must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and completed at least one full academic year at the institution.

District V includes NCAA II, NCAA III, and NAIA institutions from Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Manitoba and Ontario. Academic All-District is voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Oelling, who was a three-time All-Conference selection, will get an opportunity to continue her playing career this summer when she plays on a USA Athletes International squad in Europe. She will be part of the team that USI Head Coach Sue Kunkle and Assistant Coach Annie Medico will be directing in Apeldoorn, Holland, July 3-12.

Anderson and Oelling led the Eagles to a 30-20 record and a third-place finish in the GLVC Tournament. The Eagles have finished in the top three of the league’s post-season tournament three times in the last four years, including a second-place showing in 2002.

Dan McDonnell,
USI Sports Information

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