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June 04, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU softball player earns Honorable Mention All-American

Katie Saluga, a Slippery Rock University sport management major from Warren, Ohio, and catcher on the SRU softball team, has been named to Honorable Mention All-America Honors on the Daktronics Softball All-America team for Division II.

The Daktronics All-America team is nominated for and voted on by Division II sports information directors. In order to be eligible, a player must earn first team All-Region honors. Saluga was named the top catcher in the Atlantic Region two weeks ago in voting by the region's sports information directors, earning her a spot on the national ballot.

She was selected as one of two Honorable Mention All-Americans, having been voted as one of the top-five catchers in the nation by the Division II sports information directors.

Saluga, who earlier was named as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division Player of the Year, led SRU and the PSAC in batting this spring with a .434 average. She also slugged .736 and had an on-base percentage of .464. All three of those numbers were best in the PSAC among catchers.

Saluga started all 36 SRU games behind the plate and caught every inning of the season. She made just three errors to go along with 184 put outs defensively. Her offense numbers were impressive as the leadoff batter for the entire year. She led the team with 56 hits, 12 doubles, nine home runs, 32 RBI and 25 runs scored. She was also 3-for-4 in stolen base attempts.

She finishes her three-year SRU career with 110 hits and a .372 batting average, the fourth-best in Rock softball history.

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