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May 07, 2008

Eagles land three on Daktronics All-Region team

2008 Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region Softball Team

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana sophomore designated player Sara Loete (Pekin, Illinois), senior leftfielder Kathy Wood (Lynnville, Indiana), and senior third baseman Kristin Eickholt (Van Wert, Ohio) have been named to the Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region softball team in a vote by the region's sports information directors.

The All-Great Lakes Region softball team consists of players from the GLVC, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and three independent institutions.

Sara Loete

Loete was selected to the first team and will advance to the national ballot for All-America consideration. She led the Screaming Eagles and the GLVC with a single-season school-record 54 RBIs in 2008. Loete also tied for second in the GLVC with 10 home runs, marking the second time in school history that a player has reached 10 or more home runs in a single season.

In addition to being named first-team All-Region, Loete was selected by the GLVC's coaches to the first-team All-Conference squad.

Eickholt and Wood find themselves on the second team, marking the second time in their respective careers that they have earned All-Region honors—they both earned second-team NFCA All-Region honors in 2006.

Kathy Wood

Wood finished the season with a .373 batting average to go along with a career-high six doubles, a GLVC-best seven triples, and 14 RBIs. She also was second in the conference with 16 sacrifice bunts and led the GLVC in conference-only games with a .440 batting average.

Like Loete, Wood also was selected to the All-GLVC first team, marking the third straight year that she earned All-Conference honors.

Kristin Eickholt

Eickholt finished her career at USI as the school's all-time leader with 48 career doubles and was second all-time at USI in both RBIs (127) and home runs (20). Eickholt, who earned second-team All-GLVC honors, finished the 2008 campaign with a .325 batting average, 10 doubles, seven home runs, and 28 RBIs. She also was a three-time All-GLVC selection and USI's Integra Bank Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

The Screaming Eagles finished the 2008 season with a 31-23 overall mark, 14-10 in the GLVC. The 31 wins marked the fourth consecutive season and the 10th time in 12 years that USI has reached the 30-win plateau.

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