Softball - Thu, May 4, 2006
Bourbonnais, Ill. - Senior second baseman Colleen Kilduff (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg) was named the 2006 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Player of the Year as the No. 16 ranked and No. 1 seeded Saint Xavier University softball team landed six on the 2006 All-CCAC Softball Team when the honors were announced Wednesday at the CCAC Softball Tournament in Bourbonnais, Ill. Senior pitcher Jessica Wilson (Munster, Ind./Munster), junior outfielder Nicole Barker (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic), junior shortstop Samantha Lovato (Oak Forest, Ill./Eisenhower), and Kilduff all received first team recognition on the All-CCAC squad, while junior first baseman Jory Bodi (Richmond, Ill./Richmond-Burton) and junior outfielder Marie Barker (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic) earned honorable mention status.

Kilduff is having a magical season hitting .454 (64-for-141) with 13 doubles, 18 home runs, 51 runs scored, and 76 RBI. She has set new single-season school batting records in both home runs (18) and RBI (76) and is currently ahead of SXU's single-season batting average record of .446. In addition, Kilduff recently tied the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national mark for career doubles with 69 and sits just nine total bases and seven home runs from tying national career marks in both categories.

Wilson boasts a 17-6 win-loss record on the mound this season with a 2.18 earned-run average (ERA). She also has thrown eight shutouts, 16 complete games, and 112 strikeouts over her 24 appearances in the spring. Nicole Barker has been a base-stealing machine for the Cougars all year converting on all 27 of her stolen base attempts in 2006, a new SXU single-season mark. However, stealing bases has not been her only specialty. Nicole Barker has also set the school record for runs scored in a season with 55 and is currently tied for the Saint Xavier season singles mark with 64. She is batting .449 (66-for-147) with 55 runs scored and 19 RBI. Lovato is also having a huge spring for the Cougars hitting .398 (51-for-128) with 11 doubles, five homers, 29 runs scored, and 44 RBI. She has started all 46 games this season for SXU at short.

On the honorable mention team, Bodi has been solid both offensively and defensively at first base all season long. She is batting .379 (47-for-124) with 10 doubles, six home runs, 30 runs scored, and 44 RBI. Bodi has also started 41 games at first base and has a team-high 158 putouts all without committing a single error. Saint Xavier's starting centerfielder, Marie Barker, has been just as tough this season hitting .378 (56-for-148) with four doubles, two triples, a home run, and 39 runs scored. She has also been a threat on the base paths for opposing teams converting on 22 of her 25 stolen base attempts this season.

The Cougars (34-12 overall/16-2 CCAC) continue play at the 2006 CCAC Tournament in Bourbonnais, Ill.; on Thursday with a game against No. 2 seed and tourney host Olivet Nazarene University. Start time for Thursday's game is 2 p.m.