Go back

Three Lady Govs earn second-team All-OVC softball

Three underclassmen have been selected second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference in a vote of league coaches.

Sophomore shortstop Brianna Venable and freshman first baseman Sarah Longmire were named second-team infielders, while freshman pitcher-designated player Natasha Anderson was named second-team utility player.
Three underclassmen have been selected second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference in a vote of league coaches.

Sophomore shortstop Brianna Venable and freshman first baseman Sarah Longmire were named second-team infielders, while freshman pitcher-designated player Natasha Anderson was named second-team utility player.

Venable, from Edmonds, Wash., literally enjoyed a breakout season for the Lady Govs in 2004. In batting .280, she broke APSU's record for home runs with 13, eclipsing the mark of 10 hit by Andrea Miller (1995). She also set single-season records for extra-base hits 26 (13 HRs, 10 2Bs, 3 3Bs) and walks (24). Her 99 total bases are second best all-time, while her .631 slugging percentage is third best. Venable also drove home 32 runs and scored 34.

Longmire, meanwhile, was the Lady Govs batting leader almost the entire season, finishing second with a .308 mark in her first college campaign. The lefty-swinging Mascot native was APSU's most consistent hitter, leading the Lady Govs with 46 hits and was second on the team in RBI with 23.

Anderson, meanwhile, made an impact both at the plate and on the mound. As the Lady Govs No. 1 hurler, The Clarkrange native posted a 13-12 record with a 2.91 earned-run average and 205 strikeouts. Not only did she break the record for pitching wins by a freshman, she was the first Lady Govs hurler with five or more decisions to own a winning record since 1996. She also became only the program's second pitcher (third time) to record 200 or more single-season strikeouts.

Midway through the season, Anderson also moved into the lineup as the designated player when she wasn't pitching. She finished with a team-best .312 batting average. She was second on the team in home runs (seven) and third in RBI (20).
—Cody Bush