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Liberty Places 6 on Big South All-Decade Softball Teams

June 4, 2014
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(L-R) Shannon Tanski and Jessica Moore were two of six former Liberty student-athletes named to Big South All-Decade Softball Teams, Wednesday.

In conjunction with the Big South Conference's 30th Anniversary celebration, the conference has announced its Softball All-Decade Teams, today. The all-decade squads were determined by a panel of conference administrators, along with fan voting.

A total of six former Liberty standouts were honored today. Pitcher Katie Phillips, along with catcher Shannon Tanski and outfielder Stacy Radulovich, were voted to the 1990-99 All-Decade Team. The Lady Flames were represented by infielders Meredith Hollyfield and Jessica Moore, along with catcher Amanda Maska, on the 2000-09 squad.

Phillips, a native of Concord, Va., was Liberty's first dominant Division I pitcher. She went 62-38 from 1996-99, and still holds program records for career wins, ERA (1.59) and shutouts (23).  Phillips was a two-time Big South All-Conference second team pitcher in 1996 and 1997, going 20-12 as a junior to become the first 20-win pitcher in program history. She was named the Big South Championship Co-MVP in 1998 after leading the Lady Flames to their first-ever Big South Championship title game appearance. Following both her sophomore and junior seasons, Phillips was voted to the VaSID All-State first team.

Tanski, a Duluth, Minn., product, was a major power hitter for the Lady Flames from 1995-97. As a senior, Tanski was named VaSID All-State Player of the Year, the first Lady Flame to earn the award. She was the Lady Flames' first-ever three-time Big South All-Conference selection, including first team in 1996 and 1997. As a senior, Tanski led the Big South in batting average (.399), home runs (17) and RBIs (54), finishing the season ranked No. 4 in the nation in home runs. Her 21 doubles in 1996 remain a program record, and are the second-most ever in a single season by a Big South softball player.

A native of South Holland, Ill., Radulovich made an immediate impact, being named Big South Freshman of the Year in 1996. As a freshman, she led the Big South with a .437 batting average and seven triples, setting a program record with 39 stolen bases (now second place). She holds the Big South career record for triples, with 31, and is second in program history with 80 career stolen bases. Radulovich was named to the Big South All-Conference first team three years in a row (1996-98). A three-time VaSID All-State team member, she was voted State Player of the Year in 1998.

Hailing from Hurricane, W.Va., Meredith Hollyfield was a strong batter for the Lady Flames from 1998-2001. She was voted the 2000 Big South Softball Player of the Year, the first Lady Flame ever to receive the award. As a junior in 2000, Hollyfield batted .360 with 11 home runs and a then program-record 60 RBIs, ranking 15th in the nation in RBIs. Hollyfield was also voted the 2000 VaSID All-State Co-Player of the Year. She made two appearances on the Big South All-Tournament Team (1998, 2000) and on the Big South All-Conference second team (2000, 2001). She was voted to the NFCA All-Region team in 2000, Liberty's first all-region selection.

Maska, from Rising Sun, Md., had a standout, three-year career at Liberty (2002-04), helping Liberty to its first-ever Big South Softball Championship title as a freshman. A three-time Big South All-Conference selection, Maska was named the 2004 Big South Softball Player of the Year. In 2004, she led the Lady Flames with a .406 batting average, 16 doubles, 10 homers and 41 RBIs. The 2004 season also saw Maska garner NFCA All-Region honors and VaSID All-State Co-Player of the Year mention. Maska is rated in Liberty's all-time top 10 in career doubles, triples, home runs and walks.

Moore, a native of Chesapeake, Va., was one of the top hitters in Big South history, putting together a phenomenal three years (2005-07) at Liberty after transferring from Charlotte. She was named Liberty's first-ever Easton Fastpitch Softball All-American in 2007. Moore holds or shares 13 total program records, and remains the Big South's career home run record holder with 58. A three-time first team All-Big South selection, Moore was voted Big South Player of the Year in both 2006 and 2007. She was also named VaSID All-State Player of the Year as both a junior and senior. In just three seasons at Liberty, her 191 career runs scored rank third all-time in Big South history, while she is fifth in conference annals with a .419 career batting average.

1987-89 SOFTBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM
Position – Name, School                                    

P – Dori Beach, Charleston Southern - Tournament MVP
P – Carol Buczek, Coastal Carolina - All-Conference
P – Lisa Kemme, Winthrop - 4-time All-Conference, 3-time Tournament MVP, 2-time Player of the Year, Big South Hall of Fame member
P – Joy Owens, Coastal Carolina - All-Conference
P – Tabatha Sturky, Winthrop - All-Conference
OF – Dottie Harmon, Charleston Southern - 3-time All-Conference
OF – Kim Lawrence, Winthrop - 2-time All-Conference
OF – Gloria Rice, UNC Asheville - 2-time All-Conference
OF – Janet Walden, Augusta -2-time All-Conference
OF – Tina Williamson, Coastal Carolina - All-Conference
INF – Tracy Burroughs, Charleston Southern - All-Conference
INF – Sandy Gillies, Winthrop - 3-time All-Conference
INF – Mandi Merritt, Charleston Southern - All-Conference
INF – Linda Richards, Coastal Carolina - All-Conference
INF – Susette Stone, Coastal Carolina - 2-time All-Conference
INF – Lisa White, Augusta - 2-time All-Conference
C – Robin Cooper, Charleston Southern - 2-time All-Conference
UTL – Vanessa Glasscock, Winthrop - 3-time All-Conference
Head Coach, School                                       
Frank Griffith, Winthrop - 2 Championships (1987-89), 1 Coach of the Year Award; 58-37 overall, 12-18 Big South

1990-99 SOFTBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM
Position – Name, School                                    

P – Tracy Bloomberg, Charleston Southern - 4-time All-Conference
P – Erin Chandler, UNC Greensboro - 2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year, Tournament MVP
P – Michelle Hall, Coastal Carolina - 4-time All-Conference, 2-time Player of the Year, Tournament MVP, Big South Hall of Fame member
P – Winn Hazelgrove, UNC Greensboro - 3-time All-Conference, Tournament MVP
P – Katie Phillips, Liberty - 2-time All-Conference, Tournament MVP
OF – Joanne Holliday, Campbell - 3-time All-Conference
OF – Stacy Radulovich, Liberty - 3-time All-Conference, Rookie of the Year
OF – Suzie Rath, Radford - 3-time All-Conference
OF – Cari Rowe, Coastal Carolina - 3-time All-Conference
OF – Amy Wolff, UMBC - 3-time All-Conference
INF – Kacee Crumpacker, Coastal Carolina - 3-time All-Conference, Tournament MVP
INF – Sara Graziano, Coastal Carolina - 2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year, Big South Hall of Fame member
INF – Sherry Johnson, Coastal Carolina - 2-time All-Conference, Big South Hall of Fame member
INF – Michelle Minton, Coastal Carolina - 4-time All-Conference, Big South Hall of Fame member
INF – Isonette Polonius, East Carolina - 2-time All-American, 3-time All-Conference, 2-time Player of the Year
INF – Denise Simmons, Campbell - 4-time All-Conference
C – Shannon Tanski, Liberty - 3-time All-Conference
UTL – Jessica Falca, Coastal Carolina - 4-time All-Conference, Rookie of the Year, Big South Hall of Fame member
DP – Lauren Paul, Winthrop - 2-time All-Conference
Head Coach, School                                          
Jess Dannelly, Coastal Carolina - 2 Championships (1992-98), 1 NCAA Regional, 3-time Coach of the Year; 350-227 overall, 105-46 Big South

2000-09 SOFTBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM
Position – Name, School                                   

P – Christine Doyle, Coastal Carolina - 2-time All-Conference, Rookie of the Year, Tournament MVP
P – Kelli Johnson, Winthrop - 4-time All-Conference, Rookie of the Year
P – Sarah Pauly, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - All-American, 3-time All-Conference, 2-time Pitcher of the Year, 3-time Tournament MVP
P – Ashley Taylor, Radford - 3-time All-Conference, 3-time Pitcher of the Year
P – Cari Wooldridge, Winthrop - 3-time All-Conference, 2-time Tournament MVP
OF – Kimberly Josephson, Coastal Carolina -3-time All-Conference
OF – Lisa Kingsmore, Winthrop - All-American, 3-time All-Conference, 2-time Player of the Year
OF – Ashley Smith, Radford -3-time All-Conference
OF – Tessa Thomas, Winthrop - 4-time All-Conference, Freshman of the Year
OF – Janiva Willis, Winthrop - 4-time All-Conference
INF – Meredith Hollyfield, Liberty - 2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year
INF – Sara Hostetler, Coastal Carolina - 3-time All-Conference
INF – Sarah Lockett, Coastal Carolina - 3-time All-Conference, Player of the Year, Tournament MVP
INF – Jessica Moore, Liberty - All-American, 3-time All-Conference, 2-time Player of the Year
INF – Stephanie Reid, Winthrop - 3-time All-Conference, Freshman of the Year
INF – Kristen Shifflett, Radford - 3-time All-Conference, Player of the Year
C – Amanda Maska, Liberty - 3-time All-Conference, Player of the Year
UTL – Holly Lee, Coastal Carolina - 4-time All-Conference, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year
DP – Meagen Johnson, Coastal Carolina - All-American, 2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year
Head Coach, School                                           
Jess Dannelly, Coastal Carolina - 3 Championships (2000-01-06), 3 NCAA Regionals, 3-time Coach of the Year; 274-276 overall, 71-53 Big South