From left: Sammi Shivock and Katie Zavodny were both named to the NFCA Division I All-Region team, with Zavodny on the first team and Shivock drawing second-team honors.
2013 NFCA Division I All-Region Teams Liberty juniors Katie Zavodny and Sammi Shivock have been named to the 2013 NFCA Division I All-Mid-Atlantic Region softball team, as announced today. Zavodny earned first-team distinction, while Shivock was voted to the second team. Zavodny and Shivock are the first Lady Flames to earn NFCA All-Region honors since 2011, when Ashley Bensinger and Kelly Strickland both made it on the All-Mid-Atlantic Region second team. A total of 263 players from 137 different softball programs nationally have been selected to the 2013 NFCA Division I All-Region teams. The all-region teams were voted upon by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all honorees are now eligible to be chosen for one of the three 2013 NFCA Division I All-America teams. The NFCA All-America squads will be announced on May 29. Zavodny, a junior outfielder from Concord, N.C., had a record-breaking season, setting or tying four program records. She was named to the Big South All-Conference first team after leading the Lady Flames with a .384 batting average, 40 runs scored and a Liberty-record 41 stolen bases. She tied Alycia Stevens' (1995) school record for longest hitting streak, hitting safely in 23 straight games this season (Feb. 24 through April 3). Zavodny also became the first Lady Flame to ever record a five-hit game, doing so against Hampton (Feb. 27) and at Charleston Southern (April 7). She was ranked in the top 10 nationally in stolen bases per game throughout the season. A junior designated player from New Castle, Del., Shivock provided a power bat in the middle of the Lady Flames' lineup. She was voted to the Capital One Academic All District III Softball Team earlier this season. Shivock batted .328 with 13 doubles, eight home runs and 43 RBIs while registering a .537 slugging percentage. She drew Big South Softball Player of the Week recognition on April 15 after hitting .538 with seven RBIs during the previous week. Shivock posted a total of 15 multiple-hit games and 11 multiple-RBI contests, and finished the season ranked seventh in the Big South in both doubles and RBIs.
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