Softball - Thu, May 12, 2005
CHICAGO - Although the No. 23 ranked and No. 2 seeded Saint Xavier University softball team's Thursday game versus No. 4 seed William Penn University (Iowa) was postponed until Friday, May 13, at 10 a.m. due to darkness, SXU still had reason to cheer as three Cougars were named to the 2005 NAIA All-Region VII Softball Team when the team was announced Thursday afternoon at the SXU Softball Field in Chicago. Junior shortstop Colleen Kilduff (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg), junior pitcher Jessica Wilson (Munster, Ind./Munster) and sophomore catcher Lindsey Hall (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) represented Saint Xavier on the 18-player All-Region Team.

Kilduff is leading the Cougars in runs scored (45), home runs (12), and RBI (53) thus far this season. She is batting .322 (59-for-183) and has started 56 of SXU's 58 games in 2005 at shortstop. Wilson has been the team's No. 1 pitcher this spring and currently owns a 21-6 win-loss record with a 1.51 earned-run average (ERA). She also leads the Saint Xavier pitching staff in strikeouts (161), innings pitched (171.2), complete games (23) and shutouts (7). Hall has had a tremendous sophomore season in 2005 batting .364 (44-for-121) with 10 doubles, 41 RBI, and 25 runs scored. She also has a perfect fielding percentage in 47 games at catcher this year with 199 putouts, 10 assists and no errors.

There were three games played Thursday in the Region VII Tournament with two games postponed until Friday due to rain early in the day. The three results from Thursday's action included: a 9-1 victory for No. 6 seed Grand View College (Iowa) over University of St. Francis (Ill.) in the six-inning first game, a 2-1 nine-inning win for No. 1 seed Waldorf College (Iowa) over No. 3 seeded Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) in the second game, and a 15-1 victory for No. 1 Waldorf over No. 6 Grand View in the six-inning third game. Only No. 1 Waldorf, No. 2 Saint Xavier, and No. 4 William Penn (Iowa) remain in the tournament heading into Friday.

The 2005 NAIA All-Region VII Softball Team also included: pitcher Steph Christner (William Penn), pitcher Marisa Jensen (Waldorf), third baseman Jaci Warner (St. Francis), shortstop Lindsey Pleuss (Waldorf), first baseman Elizabeth Pasch (Olivet Nazarene), designated player Kacie Martin (Waldorf), outfielder Kathleen Robinson (Grand View), pitcher Lauren Chessum (Olivet Nazarene), first baseman Alisa Mann (William Penn), third baseman Kristina McNew (William Penn), shortstop Krystal Check (Viterbo), shortstop Jamie Redman (St. Francis), pitcher Sally Allen (Waldorf), third baseman Lisa Bergmann (Olivet Nazarene), and third baseman Tina Sparks (Trinity International). The Region VII Softball Player of the Year was Jaci Warner, a third baseman from St. Francis (Ill.), while the Region VII Co-Pitchers of the Year were Marissa Jensen of Waldorf and Steph Christner of William Penn.

The NAIA Region VII Softball Tournament concludes play on Friday, May 13, at 10 a.m. at the SXU Softball Field in Chicago. No. 2 seed Saint Xavier takes on No. 4 seeded William Penn University (Iowa) in the first of three games scheduled for Friday (a fourth game could be played for the championship, if necessary).