Jackson, Tenn. - 5/8/2002 - Union senior, Rachel Murray was named the NAIA Region XI Pitcher of the Year on Wednesday. This is the second consecutive season that Murray has won this award. Four other Lady Bulldogs join Murray on the all-region team. The Lady Bulldogs are are hosting the 2002 NAIA Region XI Tournament this week and are looking for their second straight title and three in the last four seasons.
Murray, from Herrin, Illinois, continues to add awards to her career resume. Murray was named TranSouth Pitcher of the Year just last week and now the region award is hers. She is on pace to become a repeat winner of the NAIA Pitcher of the Year award. Murray has a four year record of 124-20 and has struck out 1,218 batters just over 937 innings pitched. On the season, Murray is 26-3 with a 0.36 ERA and 262 strikeouts. Murray is hitting .315 on the season with a team leading nine triples and nine stolen bases.
Sophomore third baseman, Amy Mejia receives her first NAIA all-region selection after transferring from McNeese state this season. Mejia, from Broken Arrow, Okla., leads the Lady Bulldogs with a .386 average. Her 64 hits, 12 doubles, and 39 RBI all lead Union and her three homeruns is second on the squad. Mejia was named to the TranSouth all-conference team this season.
Leah Gronberg, a sophomore pitcher joins the all-region team for the second time in her career. Gronberg, a native of College Station, Texas, is 22-2 on the season and was named TranSouth pitcher of the Week four times during the season. She has an ERA of 1.01 and has struck out 183 batters in 166 innings pitched, compared to only 23 walks. Gronberg is third on the team in hitting with a .338 average. Her 36 RBI is second on the Lady Bulldog team. Gronberg was also an all-conference performer.
Senior shortstop, Brandi Park transferred in from Crowder College last season and has a great addition for the Lady Bulldogs in each of the last two seasons. Park holds Union’s record for runs scored in a season set in 2001. This is Park’s second all-region selection is two seasons and was also selected last week to the all-conference team. This season, Park is lead the Lady Bulldogs with 39 runs scored and is second on the team with a .350 batting average and five stolen bases.
Megan Quarry, a transfer from Okaloosa Walton College has caught every game for the Lady Bulldogs this season. Quarry receives her first NAIA all-region selection and all-conference selection. She is hitting .318 for the year with seven doubles and one homerun. Quarry has thrown out 50% of would-be-base-stealers (8-16) and has a fielding percentage of .996. Quarry has made only two errors in 487 chances.
The Lady Bulldogs are ranked No. 3 in the final NAIA poll. They are assured a spot in next weeks NAIA Softball World Series. This will be their third trip in four years. Union finished third in the World Series last season and is the NCCAA Two-Time National Champions.
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