USC Beaufort

USCB Notebook: Three softball players named to NAIA all-region team

The University of South Carolina Beaufort softball team had three players named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's NAIA All-Region Team.

Sophomore Katie Rietkovich and freshmen Shelby Zipperer and Taylor Triplett were second-team selections from the East Region it was announced Thursday.

Rietkovich, who played second base and hit in the leadoff and No. 3 spots in the lineup for USCB, was named to one of five at-large spots on the second team. She hit .455 with a team-high 10 home runs, 60 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.

Triplett, who split time at first base and designated player for the Sand Sharks, was named second-team DP. In 33 games before having her season cut short by injury, Triplett hit .370 with seven home runs and 29 RBIs.

Zipperer, the Sand Sharks' everyday center fielder, was named to the second team as an outfielder. In addition to being one of the top defensive outfielders in the Sun Conference, Zipperer hit .409 with three home runs, 36 RBIs and a team-high 14 doubles, as well as 13 stolen bases.

The Sand Sharks finished their inaugural season with a 37-11 record and finished second in the Sun Conference with a 12-5 mark in league play.


Three USCB golfers have been recognized for their academics, led by women's golf standout Adriana Saavedra, who picked up honors from two organizations.

Saavedra, a senior from Cochabamba, Bolivia, was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Team along with men's golfer Mark Phillips, a senior from the island of Bermuda.

In order to be nominated for the Academic All-District Team, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with a GPA of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot with first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees to be selected later this month.

Saavedra also was among the 105 women's golfers named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes on Thursday, along with teammate Kelli Nakano, a junior from Cave Creek, Ariz.

In order to be nominated for the NAIA Scholar-Athlete award, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status.