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May 08, 2008

Honors continue to roll in for Wood, Loete

EVANSVILLE, Ind.University of Southern Indiana senior outfielder Kathy Wood (Lynnville, Indiana) and sophomore designated player Sara Loete (Pekin, Illinois) have been named first-team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Great Lakes Region in a vote by the region's head coaches.

It marks the second consecutive day that Loete and Wood have been recognized on an All-Region team. Loete earned first-team Daktronics All-Region honors in a vote by the region's sports information directors, while Wood earned second-team Daktronics All-Region honors.

Sara Loete

Loete led the Screaming Eagles and the GLVC with a single-season school-record 54 RBIs in 2008. She 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.

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. This also is Wood's third All-Region award after earning second-team NFCA All-Region honors as a sophomore in 2006.

Both Loete and Wood are now eligible to earn NFCA All-America honors. The Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America team will be announced May 13.

The 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.

Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Great Lakes Region

First Team

Pos.-Name, School

P- Molly Yetman, Wayne State
P-Kaitlin Colosimo, SIU-Edwardsville
C-Sarah Berry Wayne, State
1B- Kim Locke, Bellarmine
2B- Kandi Wieberg, Missouri S&T
2B- Kristin Moleski, Grand Valley
3B-Kelsey Musselman, Missouri S&T
SS-Kelly Dianis, Lewis
OF-Jessica Breeden, Indianapolis
OF-Kathy Wood, Southern Indiana
OF-Emily Tucker, Missouri S&T
DP-Sara Loete, Southern Indiana
Utility/Pitcher-Stacy Kraatz, Saginaw Valley
Utility/Non-Pitcher-Sadie Bell, Drury

Second Team

Pos.-Name, School

P-Courtney Lyons, Lewis
P-Stephanie Wheeler, West Virginia Wesleyan
P-Jaime Williams, Ashland
C-Mallory Paine, Lewis
1B-Mallory Ruggles, SIU Edwardsville
2B-Emily Nieman, West Virginia Wesleyan
3B-Lauren Zembruski, SIU Edwardsville
SS-Kaeleigh Rousey, SIU Edwardsville
OF-Nicole Beecher, SIU Edwardsville
OF-Angela Kiser, Saginaw Valley
OF-Amanda Miller, Wisconsin-Parkside
DP-Elizabeth Smith, Grand Valley
Utility/Pitcher-Sarah Mueller, Ferris State

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