Two Raiders make NFCA first team

Two Shippensburg University Raiders softball team members are part of this year’s National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Atlantic Region First Team.

Sophomore Hannah Marsteller (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend) and freshman Taylor Myers (Fayetteville, Pa./Chambersburg Area) made the 2021 Team at first base and outfield respectively. It marked the first time in 15 years the Raiders have had multiple All-Region First Team honorees in the same season.

The First Team honors are the first by any SU softball player since pitcher Emily Estep Goshorn was picked for the 2014 NFCA All-Atlantic Region First Team. The 2006 season marked the last time multiple Raiders earned First Team honors in the same season; Kelley Tiesi (pitcher) and Heather Chantiles (outfield) both made the All-Atlantic Region First Team that year. The only other Raider First Team honoree from 2006-14 was Hope Cornell. She made the First Team at second base in 2011 and at shortstop in 2008.

PSAC Athlete of the Year

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Marsteller was named the 2021 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Athlete of the Year earlier Wednesday. She is just the seventh player in PSAC history to hit .500 in a season. At the completion of the regular season, Marsteller led NCAA Division II in slugging (1.103 – the second-best slugging percentage in PSAC single-season history); and she ranked among the nation’s Top 5 in total bases (128), home runs (18) and RBIs (64).

In PSAC ranks, Marsteller led the conference in batting average, RBIs and slugging while ranking second in the conference in home runs, total bases and on-base percentage (.571). She set SU single-season records for home runs, RBIs, total bases and slugging. Her 18-game hitting streak to start the season resulted in a 24-game overall hitting streak (spanning back to 2020), also a school record.

Over the final four weeks of the season, Marsteller hit .605 with eight home runs, 29 RBIs, 23 runs, 14 walks and one strikeout in 43 at-bats. She reached base in 19 straight games.

Leadoff hitter Myers

Myers completed the regular season ranked third in the PSAC with 57 hits. She ranked fourth in the PSAC with 41 runs scored. SU’s leadoff hitter, Myers produced 20 multi-hit games and a season-long hitting streak of 12 games. She finished second on the team with a .413 batting average while stealing eight bases and posting a .445 on-base percentage.

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