Record Setter: McSheffery sets school marks in St. Edwards' best season
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor
May 22, 2008 - Melissa McSheffery finished her college softball career on a high note, helping St. Edwards University to their best season in school history.
McSheffery, a four-year starter and three-year All-Conference third baseman for the Hilltoppers, was instrumental in St. Edwards winning the regional softball tournament and finishing third in the nationin the NCAA Div. II World Series.
The Hilltoppers won the South Central Region May 11 by beating Southeastern Oklahoma 1-0 and 4-1 in a championship doubleheader in San Angelo. McSheffery started the winning rally in the regional championship game with a single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth inning.
That took St. Edwards to the national softball tournament in Houston, where they finished third after losing to Emporia State, 2-1, in 13 innings in their semifinal contest.
McSheffery played in over 200 games for the Hilltoppers in her career, and finished with school records on both offense and defense. Offensively, she set the career home run record with 27 round-trippers. That includes the single season mark of 18 she set as a sophomore.
Defensively, she holds the school record of 529 assists. That included a career-high of 150 as a senior.
McSheffery made First Team All-Heartland Conference as a sophomore and was Second Team All-Conference her junior and senior seasons.
During her senior season - in which she had 14 extra-base hits and 24 RBI, the Hilltoppers set a school record with 53 victories, won the first regional title in school history and made their first appearance in the national tournament.
McSheffery, the daughter of John and Laura McSheffery, graduated from St. Edwards this year. She is a 2004 graduate of Sulphur Springs High School, where she was a four-year All-District player, First Team All-State selection and a TGCA All-Star selection.