Four Softball Players Earn All-Region Honors
San Antonio – St. Mary’s University softball players Malissa Magee, Kelcy Walker, Lindsay Barnes and Arlynda Flores all earned All-South Central Region honors in teams announced by the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association and Daktronics this week.
Magee (Sr., Katy) was a first team All-Region selection by both Daktronics and the NFCA. She finished the 2008 season with a 36-8 overall record and a 1.22 ERA. She saw action in 48 games, including 38 starts, and had 35 complete games and 18 shutouts. She tossed 280.2 innings this season, striking out 336 and limiting opposing batters to just a .167 average against her. She was nearly unhittable in conference play this season, going 15-1 with a 0.21 ERA, including nine shutouts in 13 starts. She struck out 114 batters in 98.0 innings. The All-South Central Region award was her fourth as a Rattler. She is the only pitcher in Heartland Conference history to earn Pitcher of the Year honors four times. She was also named first team All-Heartland Conference for the fourth straight season.
Barnes (Sr., San Antonio) earned second team honors on the Louisville Slugger/NFCA team. The award marked the third time in her Rattler career that she has earned All-South Central Region honors, including each of the last two years. She was second on the team in hitting with a .381 average, eight doubles, six homeruns, 40 RBI and 16 runs scored. She drew 19 walks to post a .460 on-base percentage. Barnes was especially tough in Heartland Conference play, hitting .464 with six doubles, five homeruns and 26 RBI in just 28 games. Barnes earned All-Heartland Conference honors for the fourth straight season.
Walker (Sr., San Antonio) wrapped up her Rattler career with her second straight Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-South Central Region selection. She hit .310 with eight doubles, a team-high eight homeruns, 32 RBI, 23 runs scored and a .979 fielding percentage. She was even tougher against Heartland Conference pitching, hitting .400 with five doubles, four homeruns, 18 RBI and 13 runs scored. Walker was also named All-Heartland Conference each of the last two years.
Flores (So., Uvalde), a transfer from Ohio State University, made a smooth transition into Division II play this season and was rewarded for her play with a first team Daktronics selection. She hit .362 with eight doubles, two triples, six homeruns, 35 RBI and 40 runs scored. She was also 13-of-18 in stolen base opportunities this season. Against Heartland competition she was even better, hitting .475 with five doubles, two triples, two homeruns, 22 RBI and 25 runs scored in just 28 games. Flores also earned All-Heartland Conference honors this season.
The Rattlers ended the 2008 season with a record of 53-12 overall and 26-2 in Heartland Conference play. The Rattlers won the Heartland Conference regular season and tournament titles for the first time. They won the Heartland Conference Tournament for the eighth straight season and also advanced to the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament for the eighth straight season. The 53 wins is the second most in school history.