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July 5, 2011

Pacer Softball All-Decade Team Unveiled

AIKEN, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken athletic department and head coach Jerry Snyder unveiled the 2000-10 Softball All-Decade team on Tuesday, July 5, 2011.

The 2000-10 USC Aiken Softball All-Decade team features 15 student-athletes, including three pitchers and three designated players.

"Having had the opportunity to be the only head coach here during this time frame it has been a blessing to coach every one of these individuals," noted Snyder. "It sure would be great to be able to take this team and compete. I really feel that this group of student-athletes could stack up against anyone in the country."

Toni Flessate (2007-10) concluded her four years in a Pacer uniform with a school-record 54 wins in the circle. Flessate fanned 421 in her career. Flessate earned All-Peach Belt Conference honors twice (2009 and 2010) and was named to the 2009 PBC All-Tournament team. She was also named to the Daktronics All-Region first team at the conclusion of her senior season and was named to the 2009 NFCA/NCAA Division II All-Region second team and Southeast Region All-Tournament team as a junior.

Samantha Blair (2004-07) ended her career with the Pacers first in school history in total strikeouts with 437. She is second in the Pacer annals in total wins with 52. Blair and Flessate are tied for most appearances in school history with each seeing time inside the circle 104 times in their career.

A member of the Pacer softball program for two seasons, Stacie Oakley (2005-06) acquired 26 wins in the circle. In only two seasons she is third in Pacer history in total strikeouts with 389. She held her opposition to a school-record .216 batting average.

A three-time All-America selection, Jessica Strickland (2006-09) was the 2007 Peach Belt Conference Co-Player of the Year. Strickland, who recently had her jersey retired by the USC Aiken athletic department, was a four-time All-Peach Belt Conference first team choice. Strickland is the school record holder in seven different categories, including most home runs (40), highest career slugging percentage (.652), highest on-base percentage (.432), most hits in career (232), most RBIs in career (151), most total bases in a career (414) and most intentional walks in a career (14). In total, Strickland is in the top 11 in school history in 22 different categories.

Bridgette Quimpo (1997-2001) is in the top 10 in school history in base hits (160), doubles (24), triples (9), RBIs (92) and walks (53). She played in 204 games in her four-year career, starting 192. After finishing her career at USC Aiken, Quimpo was invited to try out for the United States national team. She is currently the head softball coach at New Jersey City University.

Ashley Dyches (2004-07) was a four-year starter for the USC Aiken softball program. She finished her career in the top 10 in school history in doubles with 29. She is third in school history in RBIs with 95. Dyches started a school-record 207 contests.

Julie Asbell (2001-02) was a member of the USC Aiken softball program for two seasons. Asbell ended her time in a Pacer uniform in the top five in school history with a batting average of .358. Asbell owned an on-base percentage of .402 in her two seasons with the program.

A member of the USC Aiken Athletic Department Hall of Fame, Jami Cornwell (2000-04) was a two-sport star at USC Aiken in both softball and women's basketball. Cornwell was a three-time All-Peach Belt Conference selection in softball (2001, 2002 and 2004). She was also named to the All-Tournament team in the Peach Belt Conference in 2001. Cornwell led the team in batting average in all four of her seasons with the Pacers. Cornwell was named the Peach Belt Conference Softball Freshman of the Year in 2000, which was the same year that she was named the Peach Belt Conference Women's Basketball Freshman of the Year. She is the only student-athlete in Pacer history to claim Freshman of the Year accolades in two sports in the same year.

Megan Lakes (2006-09) was chosen to the Peach Belt Conference All-Conference team at the conclusion of the 2009 season. She was also chosen to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic team in 2009. For her career, Lakes is the all-time school record holder in walks (77). She owned a .389 on-base percentage during her career.

Keshia Venable (2006-07) started two years in the outfield for the Pacers. She ended her playing career second all-time in school history with a .413 on-base percentage. She owned a slugging percentage of .556 and a batting average of .350. Venable belted 14 home runs in her two years with the program.

Sarah Donnelly (1997-2000) only played one season during the decade, but she made a difference as she finished her career with a school-record 208 games played. She started 204 of the 208 games. The school record holder for stolen bases (110), Donnelly acquired 299 total bases in her career. She belted out 212 base hits in her career. Donnelly was an All-Peach Belt Conference selection in 2000.

Temeka Floyd (2003-06) finished her Pacer career having played in 172 games for the Pacers. As a junior in 2005, Floyd led the Pacers with a .337 batting average.

Sarah Harvey (2003-06) played in 191 games for the Pacers over the course of her four-year career. She started 189 of the 191 games. Harvey concluded her career first all-time in school history in doubles with 52. She blasted 14 home runs in addition to the 52 doubles.

Natalie Kost (1999-2002) saw action in 202 games for the Pacers in her career. She started 194 of the 202 contests. Kost is in the top 10 in school history in doubles (35) and base hits (154). She snagged a total of 221 bases in her four-year career.

Meredith Headings (2002-03) was a member of USC Aiken's softball team for two seasons. Headings owned a .533 slugging percentage over the course of the two seasons, which is good enough for the top five in school history. She is currently the head softball coach at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.

The head coaches of each of USC Aiken's teams selected the 2000-10 USC Aiken Athletic Department All-Decade teams.

Over the course of the coming weeks, an All-Decade team will be released each week by the USC Aiken athletic department.

Please visit USC Aiken's official athletic website at www.PacerSports.com the remainder of the summer to see the All-Decade teams. 

Softball All-Decade Team

P – Toni Flessate
P – Samantha Blair
P – Stacie Oakley
C – Jessica Strickland
C – Bridgette Quimpo
1B – Ashley Dyches
2B – Julie Asbell
SS – Jami Cornwell
3B – Megan Lakes
LF – Keshia Venable
CF – Sarah Donnelly
RF – Temeka Floyd
DP – Sarah Harvey
DP – Natalie Kost
DP – Meredith Headings

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