Softball - Wed, May 24, 2006
Olathe, Kan. - Saint Xavier University junior shortstop Samantha Lovato (Oak Forest, Ill./Eisenhower) has been named a 2006 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Softball All-American Honorable Mention when the national office released the teams late Wednesday. Lovato joins senior second baseman Colleen Kilduff, the 2006 NAIA Softball Player of the Year and First Team All-American selection, as the two players from this season's No. 15 ranked Cougar softball team (38-14 overall) on one of the three (first team, second team, and honorable mention) NAIA All-American teams.

"Sam gets better and better every year she steps onto the field," said SXU softball coach Myra Minuskin. "Defensively, I would put her up against any shortstop in the nation. Plus, she was one of our team's best clutch hitters this season so she was a huge asset to our team's success."

Lovato was Saint Xavier's third best hitter (.382, 55-for-144) during the 2006 season behind Kilduff and junior right fielder Nicole Barker (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic). She started all 52 games for the Cougars at short and led the team in assists (116) with only nine errors. Lovato finished second on the team in doubles (12) and RBI (50). She also earned All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) First Team honors as well as a spot on the 2006 NAIA All-Region VII Softball Team.