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Five Juniata softball players named to All-Landmark Conference squads

(Posted May 12, 2010)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Five Juniata College softball athletes have been named to the 2010 All-Landmark Conference softball teams, which were announced on Wednesday.

Senior outfielders Sarah Eckard (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg) and Rachel Nagy (Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth) were both named First team All-Landmark Conference. The First team All-Landmark nod is Eckard's second in as many seasons, while Rachel Nagy gets a promotion to the league's first squad after earning Second team honors a year ago.

Junior second baseman Caley McCool (Spring Mills, Pa./Penns Valley), senior pitcher/shortstop Stacy Nagy (Millerton, Pa./Troy), and senior pitcher Alyssa Erb (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg) were all Second team selections. McCool and Erb are both making repeat appearances on the Second team, while Stacy Nagy is a first time All-Landmark selection.

Eckard finished the season with a .372 batting average, and is currently tied for second in the Landmark in total hits with 51 - a team high, and one shy of the single season record she set last season. She completed her career as Juniata's all-time hits leader with 174. Eckard is also third in the conference with 39 runs scored, and set a new Juniata career mark with 120 runs scored over four years.

Rachel Nagy set new career marks for doubles (40) and runs batted in (114), and set a new Juniata record with her .425 career batting average - crushing the previous record of .388 held by Brandy Preslovich (1999-2002). Nagy was fourth in the league this season in hitting with a .415 average, and was fifth in on base percentage (.449) and ninth in slugging percentage (.568). Her 49 hits, including a team high 12 doubles, was good enough for fourth in the Landmark. In the field, she has just two errors over the past two seasons and only 13 over her four seasons in Blue and Gold, while playing first base, third base, and outfield at various times.

McCool also ranked among the Landmark's top hitters this season, and is currently fifth in batting average (.404), sixth in on base percentage (.447), and seventh in total hits (46). She already has 107 career hits to her credit, and ranks eighth among Juniata's career hits leaders. She also posted a .968 fielding percentage this season, committing just five errors in 155 chances. McCool earned ESPN The Magazine First team Academic All-District honors in softball last week.

Stacy Nagy played both shortstop and pitcher for the Eagles in 2010, and was named to the All-Landmark team as a utility player. She batted .479 in her 71 at bats this season, with 34 hits and 12 RBI with a .676 slugging percentage. She finished her career ranked fourth among career hits leaders with 135, and sixth in career runs with 74. Stacy was second in the Landmark in sacrifice bunts this season with 12. In the circle, Nagy returned to a position she had not played since high school to post a 7-10 record with a 5.07 earned run average.

Erb finished her fourth and final season in the circle with a 3.41 ERA and a 13-8 record, with 138 strikeouts against 148 hits and 46 walks. She was third in the Landmark in both strikeouts and wins, and 10th in earned run average. For her career, Erb finished with 592 strikeouts and 53 wins - both smashing existing Juniata records - and her 2.28 career ERA is third-best all-time at Juniata, and best among four-year pitchers for the Eagles.

Juniata completed its 2010 campaign with a 20-18 record, 6-6 in the Landmark Conference. The Eagles advanced to the Landmark Conference Softball Tournament for the second straight season, and qualified for the post-season for the fourth time in Head Coach John Houck's nine seasons at Juniata. Juniata also posted its third consecutive 20-win season.

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