McDowell, Rivera earn All-SAC Softball honors

Catawba College’s Val McDowell (Crofton, MD) and Jessica Rivera (Key West, FL) have been selected as second team selections on the 2003 South Atlantic Conference softball team. McDowell, a senior second baseman, also earned second team honors in 2001. Rivera, a sophomore outfielder, was honored for the first time. McDowell hit .321 this season in helping the Lady Indians to 20 wins, the second most in school history. She collected 42 hits with four doubles and 12 RBI. She scored 19 runs and stole five bases. For her career, McDowell hit .328 and set school records for hits (150) and runs scored (71). Her 156 games played rank second all-time. Rivera batted .296 this season with a team-leading 26 RBI. She also led the team with nine doubles and three triples. Rivera scored 19 runs and added five stolen bases. Her 26 RBI was the second most by a Lady Indian and was just three shy of the school mark of 29 set in 1990. 2003 ALL-SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE SOFTBALL TEAM FIRST TEAM Catcher – Brooke Randolph, Carson-Newman Pitcher – Marci Mitchell, Carson-Newman Pitcher – Katie Wallace, Wingate 1st base – Stephanie White, Wingate 2nd base – Amanda Teal, Presbyterian Shortstop – Erin Rutherford, Carson-Newman 3rd base – Carey Bumgardner, Wingate Outfield – Christi Hampton, Carson-Newman Outfield – Misty Bingham, Lenoir-Rhyne Outfield – Jana Waters, Presbyterian Utility – Kristin Kimball, Lenoir-Rhyne SECOND TEAM Catcher – Tessa Ashwell, Mars Hill Pitcher – Audrey Kreske, Lenoir-Rhyne Pitcher – Megan Elliott, Carson-Newman 1st base – Beth Rocker, Presbyterian 2nd base – VAL McDOWELL, CATAWBA Shortstop – Judith St. Clair, Tusculum 3rd base – Audrey Riffel, Mars Hill Outfield – JESSICA RIVERA, CATAWBA Outfield – Brandi Mueller, Lenoir-Rhyne Outfield – Sarah Menser, Wingate Utility – Grace Cunningham, Wingate COACH OF THE YEAR – Michelle Caddigan, Wingate FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR – Megan Elliott, Carson-Newman PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Marci Mitchell, Carson-Newman SAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE – Marci Mitchell, Carson-Newman #####

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