'Senior Day' Ceremonies sunday Highlight Weekend Softball Series

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HUNTSVILLE -- Two four-year letter winners who will be playing in their final regular season home Southland series this weekend will be recognized in a special "Senior Day" ceremony Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Bearkat Softball Complex.

Outfielders Stephanie Mosley of Houston Stratford High School and Megan Beard of Little Cypress have been part of Coach Bob Brocks last four Bearkat teams that have compiled a 108-99 record.

Bringing a 32-21 season record into the series with Northwestern State which begins Saturday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader, this year's Sam Houston State softball team is putting the final touches on the Bearkats' most successful season since 1993.

The 1993 team won the Southland Conference with a 39-15 record. No SHSU squad since has won 30 games in one season until this year's squad. The Bearkats stand 19-8 in league play.

A series victory would assure SHSU of the number two seed in the Southland Conference post-season tournament hosted by Sam Houston beginning Thursday, May 10.

"Stephanie and Megan have provided such outstanding leadership for this young ball club we have this year," SHSU head coach Bob Brock teams. "With 14 of the 19 players on our roster being freshmen or sophomores, having solid leaders has been extremely important. This is one of the best groups I've ever coached."

When the Northwestern State series begins Saturday, Mosley will be appearing in her 194th game as a Bearkat. An All-Southland Conference selection as a sophomore and a junior, she is a top candidate for all-league honors a third time as a senior with a .321 batting average including six doubles, three home runs, and 23 RBIs this season. She ranks as one of the top 20 hitters in the league this year.

During her career, Mosley has had 43 mulitiple hit games and 18 multiple RBI contests. She holds a .283 career batting average with 162 hits, 26 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 67 RBIs in her four years as a Bearkat.

Beard will be playing in her 131st softball contest as a Bearkat. A role
player for Sam Houston State the past four years, she has started in 61
games during her career, totaling 29 hits, three doubles, and four RBIs.

"Stephanie and Megan have meant so much to this program both on and off the field," Brock said. "They've been a pleasure to coach."

Northwestern State brings a 27-28 season mark and 15-12 Southland record into the series. The Demons are tied for sixth place with Texas State-San Marcos and need a series victory to earn a spot in the post-season tournament.