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Two PSU Softball players named to Little East Conference All-Star Team

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two members of the Plymouth State University softball team have been named to the Little East Conference All-Star Team for 2004 after wrapping up solid campaigns for the Panthers.

Junior pitcher Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) and junior third baseman Niki Ramback (Bethlehem, N.H.) were both selected to the All-LEC Second Team.  The All-Conference teams are voted on by the league's eight head coaches.

Jeffs earned All-LEC honors for the third straight season, having been a First Team All-Conference pick her first two years. While this spring didn't match the record-breaking performances of her freshman and sophomore campaigns, Jeffs finished with a 10-10 record with five shutouts and a respectable 1.37 earned run average. She pitched 137.2 innings, allowing only 101 hits and only 14 walks while striking out 167.

Jeffs also continued her climb on a couple of all-time NCAA record charts. She increased her career strikeout total to 902, which is third on the all-time Division III list for pitchers, and her 32 career shutouts is tied for 11th on the all-time list. Jeffs has a career mark of 57-25 with a 0.83 ERA and 10.7 strikeouts per seven innings.

 

Ramback earned All-Conference honors in her first season in a Panther uniform. PSU's starting third baseman, she was one of the top offensive players for PSU, ranking second on the team in batting average (.294), hits (25), runs (16), extra-base hits (11), doubles (5), home runs (2), and RBI (13), and leading the team in walks (12) and triples (4).

 

The Panthers finished the season with a 15-16 overall record under first-year head coach Bruce Addison.  PSU qualified for the LEC Tournament after finishing with a 7-7 conference record, but was eliminated with consecutive losses to Western Connecticut and Keene State.

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