May 8, 2009

Softball Players Named All-PSAC Central

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Tara Reed
1st team
Shavuan Fisher
1st team
Nikki Shiko
2nd team
Mandy Koch
2nd team

BLOOMSBURG- The Bloomsburg University softball team had four of its members named to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Central Division softball team for the 2009 season.

Named first team All-PSAC Central were Tara Reed (Williamsport/Williamsport) and Shavaun Fisher (Coplay/Allentown Central Catholic). Named second team All-PSAC Central were Nikki Shiko (Kulpmont/Southern Columbia) and Mandy Koch (Dauphin/Central Dauphin).

Reed earned the honor as a utility player after seeing action for the Huskies as a first baseman, shortstop and pitcher. As a hitter Reed leads the team in several categories. She is first in batting average at .363; homers with seven; RBI with 30; runs scored with 34; in doubles with 10 and in triples with three. She is also tied for the team lead in stolen bases with 13. As a pitcher, Reed is 14-6 with a 1.55 ERA. She has 150 strikeouts and just 22 walks in 122 innings of work. She has previously been named first team All-PSAC East as a shortstop in 2008 and as a shortstop and pitcher in 2006 and was second team All-PSAC as a shortstop in 2007.

Fisher earns her first All-PSAC honor this season as a pitcher. She leads the team with a mark of 17-3 with a 0.82 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 128 innings of work. Fisher has seven shutouts this season and has allowed just 15 earned runs. She had a streak of 25 consecutive scoreless innings during the season and threw two, two-hit shutouts during the season. She also had five games with 10 or more strikeouts.

Shiko was named second team as a third baseman. She is hitting .358 with a homer and 14 RBI. The junior is second in runs scored with 31 and is tied with Reed for the lead in stolen bases with 13. During the season Shiko had 10 games with two or more hits and drove in a career-high four runs against Goldey-Beacom. A year ago Shiko was a first team All-PSAC East selection in the outfield.

Koch earns a spot on the second team at shortstop. She is third on the team in batting at .339 with 20 RBI and is second in hits with 39. She has eight games with two or more hits, including going 5-6 in a doubleheader with IUP. She also drove in a career-high three runs in a win over Clarion.

Bloomsburg, 34-9, is ranked ninth in Division II and is playing in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region tournament this weekend at Kutztown.