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Five Softball Players Earn All-NCAC Honors

Top Row (Left to Right):  Alee Singer, Kristen Cooney and Miranda Wright.  BOTTOM:  Taylor Charles and Sarah Loyer
Top Row (Left to Right): Alee Singer, Kristen Cooney and Miranda Wright. BOTTOM: Taylor Charles and Sarah Loyer

CLEVELAND, OHIO  --  Five members of the Hiram College softball team have been selected to the 2012 All-North Coast Athletic Conference teams.  Seniors Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad), Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton), freshmen Miranda Wright (Richfield/Revere) and Taylor Charles (Akron/Ellet) were all named second-team, while sophomore Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph's) was tabbed honorable mention.  [2012 All-NCAC Teams]

Cooney concludes a standout four-year career with her second All-NCAC selection.  She was a first-team pick last season.  As a senior, Cooney started all 36 games and led the team in six statistical categories including: batting average (.362), runs scored (34), hits (42), walks (18), on base percentage (.456) and stolen bases (18).  She was tied for second in homeruns (three) in addition to hitting four doubles and recording 13 RBI. 

For her career, Cooney played in 157 games and started 152.  She owns three single-season and two career records.  She is the single-season leader in runs scored (47), hits (65) and stolen bases (27).  In addition, she is the program's all-time leader in stolen bases (67) and earlier this season, she became the all-time runs leader (117).  She had a .354 lifetime batting average (173-of-489) with four homeruns, two triples, 13 doubles and 47 RBI.  Cooney is a 2011 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) first-team All-Central Region pick and has also been recognized for her accomplishments in the classroom as a 2011 Capital One Academic All-District IV second-team selection.

Singer was a three-year member of the softball program and has now earned All-Conference honors in each season.  She repeats as a second-team pick this year and earned first-team honors in 2010.  This past spring, Singer started in all 36 games at first base and batted .313 (36-of-115) at the plate with three homeruns, a triple, a team-leading 10 doubles, 28 runs scored and 22 RBI.  She was also third on the team in walks with 13.  Defensively, she had a .988 fielding percentage with 245 putouts, 10 assists and committed just three errors.

In three seasons, Singer posted a .360 batting average (127-of-353) with eight homeruns, two triples, 34 doubles, 72 runs scored and 77 RBI.  She ranks in the program's top-ten all-time in homeruns, doubles, runs scored and RBI.  Defensively, Singer recorded an impressive .989 fielding percentage with 533 putouts, 23 assists and just six errors.  In addition to her All-Conference accolades, Singer earned second-team NFCA All-Central Region honors in 2010.

Wright and Charles both capped successful "rookie" seasons with their first All-NCAC awards. Wright played in all 36 games and started 32.  She finished second on the team in batting average at .354 (34-of-96) with two homeruns, four doubles, 18 runs scored and 13 RBI.  Charles was the team's top pitcher making 31 total appearances, including 19 starts and 13 complete games.  She ended the season with an 11-7 overall record, while posting a single-season record-tying two saves, and a team-best 3.32 earned run average.  Charles struck out a team-high 74 batters in 137 innings.  In addition, she was third on the team in batting average at .347 (35-of-101) with two triples, six doubles, 20 runs scored and 25 RBI.  Her 20 runs and 25 RBI ranked fourth and second on the team respectively.

Loyer also recorded her first All-NCAC award in her career as a honorable mention pick.  She started all 36 games in the outfield while batting .302 at the plate (35-of-116) with seven doubles, 25 runs scored and 15 RBI.  Her seven doubles were second most on the team and her 25 runs ranked third best.  Loyer was also second in both walks (16) and stolen bases (nine).  Defensively, she ended the 2012 season with a .953 fielding percentage with 40 putouts and one assist.