Softball - Wed, May 26, 2004
Olathe, Kan. -- Saint Xavier University senior pitcher Stacie Eschmann (Peoria, Ill./Richwoods) and sophomore shortstop Colleen Kilduff (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg) were both named to the 2004 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Softball All-American Honorable Mention Team when the teams were announced by the national office Wednesday in Olathe, Kan. Kilduff earned NAIA All-American Honorable Mention honors as a freshman in 2003, while Eschmann earns her first such honor capping off an outstanding four-year career at SXU.
"This caps off an outstanding career for Stacie at Saint Xavier," said SXU head softball coach Myra Minuskin. "Being named a NAIA All-American was the only thing missing from her long list of collegiate honors and awards and now it is complete.
"I also can't say enough good things about Colleen," continued Minuskin. "She is just a phenomenal ballplayer, and this year, she was much more mature and well-rounded, proving she is more than just a great hitter."
Both Eschmann and Kilduff had impressive postseasons this year for the Cougars, who qualified for the 2004 NAIA National Softball Championships in Decatur, Ala. Eschmann started seven of SXU's nine postseason games compiling a 1.20 earned run average (ERA) and a 6-1 win-loss record, while throwing four shutouts and striking out 39 opposing batters. Kilduff started all nine games at shortstop for the Cougars and hit .486 (17-for-35) with 12 runs scored, 13 RBI, four doubles and two home runs.
Saint Xavier ended its 2004 softball season as Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) champions, NAIA Region VII Tournament champions and a No. 18 national ranking. The Cougars finished up with an overall record of 36-24.