January 29, 2009

Bloomsburg's University Softball Ranked 15th in Preseason Poll

BLOOMSBURG - The Bloomsburg University softball team is ranked 15th in the nation according to the 2009 National Fast Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II Top 25 preseason poll.

The Huskies finished with a record of 51-11 a year ago, the second-most wins in school history, and advanced all the way to the NCAA regional finals before falling to Lock Haven in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships. The 2009 Huskies are led by a trio of returning first-team All-PSAC selections in Tara Reed (Williamsport/Williamsport), Lacy Mauro (Jersey Shore/Jersey Shore) and Nikki Shiko (Kulpmont/Southern Columbia).

Reed, a senior, started 59 games last season for the Huskies, finishing third in the PSAC with a .398 batting average. She led the PSAC in hits with 82 and was second in doubles with 16. Reed had 23 multi-hit games in 2008 and carried a 24-game hitting streak early in the season. On the mound, Reed was 8-3 with a 1.27 ERA in 12 appearances, including four shutouts. Reed was named third-team All-American by the NFCA last season.

Mauro, a sophomore, started 53 games for the Huskies. Mauro was second on the team and seventh in the PSAC with a .355 batting average and finished in the top ten in the PSAC in both totals hits (59) and doubles (13). Mauro was named the PSAC Freshman of the Year in 2008 and was named PSAC East player of the week on April 20 after hitting .520 over a stretch of four games. She was also one of Bloomsburg's top defensive players, committing only two errors.

Shiko, a junior, was third on the team with a .348 average, hitting two home runs and drove in 14 runs in only 132 plate appearances. She stole four bases and had a .925 fielding percentage as well. She has twice been named All-Region by the NFCA.

National runner-up Lock Haven is ranked first in the pre-season poll, while PSAC rival Kutztown is ranked 12th.

Bloomsburg opens their 2008 campaign on February 28th at the Catawba College Tournament in Hickory, North Carolina.