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Posted: May 7, 2014 11:27 a.m.

Marks earns third All-SIAC selection

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced its 2014 SIAC Softball All-Conference Teams, as voted by the SIAC Softball Coaches Association. Albany State catcher Chaconna Marks and infielder Chelsea Hicks both have been selected to first team.

Marks, a senior from Covington, recorded a batting average of .417 (53 of 127), 48 runs batted in and 12 home runs during the season. She also added 10 doubles and had a slugging percentage of .780. Marks made the all-conference team for the third consecutive season.

Hicks, a junior from Marietta, registered a .418 (46-110) batting average, 34 RBIs and 14 doubles. She also won eight games as a pitcher, recording 44 strikeouts on the season.

Hicks, along with Marks, is also a three-time All-SIAC selection.

For the second consecutive season, Latifah Kelly of Tuskegee University has been chosen as the SIAC Starting Pitcher of the Year. Kelly, a senior from Sylacauga, Alabama, pitched 107 innings over 18 appearances for the Tigerettes, recording a 13-4 mark with 15 complete games and four shutouts.  She notched 122 strikeouts on the season as Tuskegee captured the Western Division title. Kelly's average of 4.38 hits allowed per seven innings ranked 13th nationally, while her average of eight strikeouts per seven innings ranked 30th.

Matisse Lee of Claflin University and Roger Ogden of Lane College have been named the 2014 SIAC Co-Coach of the Year, respectively. Lee guided her Lady Panthers to a conference-best 21-3 mark and an overall record of 41-6, capturing

the Eastern Division title in the process. Ogden led his Lady Dragons to an overall record of 20-12,  a 17 -plus game turnaround after finishing 3-27 in 2013.

 The Lady Bears of Miles College were named the 2014 SIAC Softball All-Academic Champions.

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