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Saniuk named to ECAC All-Star softball team

Stacia Saniuk '09 was in the top five in the NESCAC in three major offensive categories.

CENTERVILLE, Mass. -- Bates College senior Stacia Saniuk (Sharon, Mass.) was named to the 2009 ECAC Division III New England Softball All-Star Second Team, the Eastern College Athletic Conference announced on Wednesday.

It is the third postseason honor this year for Saniuk, who was named All-NESCAC First Team, her fourth time on the NESCAC All-Conference team, and also to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III New England All-Region Second Team.

Saniuk led Bates to its first trip to the NESCAC Softball Championship in 2009, capping one of, if not the, best offensive careers in the program's 34-year history. She established career-high totals in batting average (.436), on-base percentage (.532), doubles (8) and walks (16). She ranked fifth in the conference in batting average, second in slugging percentage, at .679, and third in on-base percentage.

Saniuk ends her career as the owner of a whopping seven Bates career offensive records: most hits (127), most home runs (20), most doubles (26), most extra-base hits (48), most total bases (219), most runs batted in (88) and most bases on balls (40). She started in all 113 of Bates' games during her career.

Saniuk earned NESCAC Rookie of the Year award and Second Team All-NESCAC honors in 2006, followed by a place on the Second Team in 2007, and being honored as First Team All-NESCAC as a junior. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association named her to its All-New England Second Team, making her Bates' first NFCA All-Region player since Katie Franklin '07 earned the honor in 2006.

In the team's final week, Saniuk averaged .737 (14-for-19) at the plate, hitting six doubles, walking three times, scoring four runs and driving in eight others.

View the 2009 ECAC Division III New England All-Star Softball Team release (PDF)