May 4, 2010

Salka earns first career NEWMAC All-Conference laurel

WORCESTER, MA- Wheaton College softball junior Katy Salka (Ayer, MA/Ayer) earned the first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-league accolade of her career on Tuesday during the postseason coaches meeting at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Salka landed on the second team.

Wheaton's starting shortstop, Salka played all but four innings during the season, when she provided at least one hit in 30 of 38 contests and put together separate nine- and seven-game hitting streaks. Salka drove in at least one run in 18 games while narrowly missing ranking in the top 10 among all NEWMAC players in hits, as her 41 were one short of a tie for ninth. Salka is tied for second in the league in assists (85) and tied for fifth by turning seven double plays. She had at least one hit in 14 of 16 NEWMAC games.

The team leader in hits, batting average (.345), slugging percentage (.496) and runs batted in (26), Salka was second in runs (24) and home runs (3) while placing third in doubles (7) and on-base percentage (.375).

Wheaton completed the season 20-18 overall, including 8-8 in the league, as the Lyons were knocked out of the NEWMAC Tournament in the second round.

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