CLEVELAND, Ohio – After leading the Terrier softball team throughout the 2018 season, Hiram freshmen Mariah Sheffield and Kaitlyn Hager, have been named to the All-North Coast Athletic Conference teams, announced the NCAC on Wednesday morning. Sheffield garnered second-team honors, while Hager was named an honorable mention selection.
Sheffield earns her first all-conference selection in her inaugural season with the Terriers. A staple in the infield throughout the season, the freshman played all 35 games. She totaled a .318 batting average on the year, tallying 28 hits and 11 RBIs.
10 of Sheffield's 28 hits came for extra bases. She led the Terriers with a pair of triples and ranked second on the roster in doubles with seven.
Sheffield posted a hit in 19 games on the season, tallying a multi-hit performance on eight occasions. Her top game came in a 12-8 victory over Grove City College when she finished three-for-four with three runs scored.
Four times on the year, the freshman infielder tallied a multi-RBI performance, tallying three, twice, including in a 4-2 victory over The College of Wooster on April 5.
Sheffield is the first Terrier to earn a Second-Team All-NCAC selection since Nicole Hoy did it as a junior in 2015.
Like Sheffield, Hager garnered all-conference status for the first time in her career, earning an honorable mention selection.
Hager proved to be one of the toughest outs in the North Coast this season, ranking first in the NCAC in batting average (.473), on-base percentage (.558) and slugging percentage (.742). She finished the season with 45 hits, including a team-best 16 for extra bases.
Along with those numbers, Hager tallied 14 RBIs and led the Terriers in both walks (17) and stolen bases (12).
The first-year utility player had a blistering start to her career, hitting safely in 23-consecutive games to open the season. During that stretch, she tallied 12 multi-hit performances.
She finished the season with 16 multi-hit games, including a season-best three-hit performance in a 4-2 decision against Bethany Lutheran.
Hager was named the conference's first NCAC Player of the Week following the Terriers' spring-break trip to Arizona, in which she hit .600 with seven RBIs in 10 games.
Hager and Sheffield are the first freshmen players for the Terriers to earn all-conference accolades since Brittany Zajac was tabbed a First-Team All-NCAC selection in 2014.