Four Maryland Softball Players Earn All-Region Honors

May 21, 2002

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - With her second-consecutive first team selection, senior right-handed pitcher Amanda Bettker (St. Petersburg, Fla.) headed the list of four Maryland softball players named to National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Mid-Atlantic All-Region teams. Four-year first baseman Kiesha Pickeral (Hugesville, Md.), senior catcher Beth Radford (Dunkirk, Md.) and redshirt sophomore Samantha Sweeney (Marlton, N.J.) were named to the region's second team.

Bettker, the Terps' ace for the last three seasons, closed out her senior year with 14 wins and a 1.25 ERA. The fireballer earned her second straight ACC All-Tournament selection and her second career ACC Player of the Week honor in 2002, in addition to her second all-region first team nod. Bettker, who ranks second in the Maryland record books in every career pitching category, is now a candidate for All-America honors, which will be announced later this spring.

A Terrapin regular at first base for all four of her years at Maryland, Pickeral adds a second all-region honor to her impressive resume. The senior, who had also garnered Mid-Atlantic second team accolades as a freshman in 1999, finished her career among Terrapin leaders in every offensive statistical category, including second all-time with a .292 career batting average and 39 doubles. She batted .298 in her final campaign before being sidelined with an ankle injury.

Radford claims her third career all-region honor with her second team selection in 2002, after earning Mid-Atlantic first team accolades as a freshman in 1999 and a second team nod as a sophomore in 2000. Like Pickeral, Radford ranks among offensive career leaders in every category and leads the Terps all-time in home runs (27) and RBI (132). In her career as the Terps' starting catcher, Radford has thrown out nearly half of opposing base stealers.

Sweeney's second team selection marks the first all-region nod of her career, and highlights a spectacular comeback season after missing all of 2001 recovering from surgery on an injured elbow. The sophomore earned All-ACC honors after ranking among league leaders and leading the Terrapins in batting average, runs scored, on-base percentage and stolen bases. Her 24 stolen bases in 2002 set a new Terp single-season record, and her career total of 27 now makes Sweeney the program's all-time leader.

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