|Going Deep: McSheffery sets St. Edwards HR Record|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
June 27, 2006 - St. Edward's University had never had a girl hit double-digit home runs in a season before. Shoot, the school had seldom had a team hit more than 10.
Then along came Melissa McSheffery.
McSheffery, a sophomore third baseman from Sulphur Springs, cranked 18 home runs for the Hilltoppers this year, breaking the school record and not just for an individual. McSheffery by herself broke the team record as well.
By comparison, St. Edward's hit eight home runs as a team the previous year (McSheffery had two as a freshman).
Her ability helped St. Edward's, an NCAA Division II university in Austin, to a 45-22 overall mark and the Hilltoppers' first berth in the NCAA postseason tournament.
"Melissa McSheffery represents St. Edward's University in every aspect," said head coach Amy Coulter. "She is a leader on and off the field. She is a very unselfish player who shines both on the field and in the classroom.
"To say the least, I am very lucky to coach such a tremendous student-athlete."
McSheffery led the team in home runs, runs scored (50) and slugging percentage (.621). She was second in total hits (69) and RBI (50), and added 10 doubles, 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts, and a .322 batting average.
She helped the Hilltoppers set a school record in home runs with 66 and a school record for wins in a season with 45. In addition, St. Edward's claimed its first Heartland Conference co-championship and went 2-2 in the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament, falling to St. Mary's by a 3-2 score in the final game.
For her prowess on the diamond, McSheffery was named First Team All-Conference and was selected as the Hitter of the Week the final week in February.
The daughter of John and Laura McSheffery of Sulphur Springs, Melissa is majoring in communications.