UH softball players earn regional honors

May 14, 2008 8:46:19 PM PDT
Four University of Houston softball players -- Angel Shamblin, Laurie Wagner, Jessica Valis and Jennifer Klinkert -- were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region Team, the school announced Wednesday.Shamblin and Wagner earned All-South Region first team honors, while Valis and Klinkert were named to the second team.

Shamblin earned her second mention on the All-Region team. Last season, she was named to the South All-Region second team. She holds a 32-3 record with a 0.68 ERA this season. Her ERA ranks fourth in the nation. Shamblin has struck out 267 batters in 236 2/3 innings pitched. She was named the Conference USA pitcher of the year for the third consecutive season and won C-USA player of the week a record tying 16 times in her career.

Wagner, who ranks eighth in the nation in home runs per game, was named to the All-Region team for the first time in her career. She set a school record for single-season home runs with 19, which is also a C-USA single season record. Wagner is second on the team in batting average (.424) and holds the team record with 55 RBI this season.

Valis earned her second consecutive All-South Region selection. She leads the team with a .446 batting average and set the school record for career triples this year with 12, including the five she has hit this season. She was named to the All-Conference USA first team for the third consecutive season.

Klinkert, the Conference USA freshman of the year, was named to the All-Region second team after hitting 14 home runs this season with 49 RBI. She was named a C-USA hitter of the week twice this season and has hit two grand slams.

Houston will return to the field this weekend when they play host to an NCAA Regional on May 16-18 at Cougar Softball Stadium. As the No. 8 national seed, Houston will open play on Friday at 7:30pm against Delaware State. Washington and Texas will start regional play at 5 p.m.

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