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Connellsville grad Uher has solid freshman year at Pitt-Greensburg

| Friday, May 24, 2013, 1:56 a.m.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
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Connellsville graduate Meghan Uher earned third-team All-AMCC honors as a pitcher for Pitt-Greensburg during the 2013 season.

As a high school pitcher, Meghan Uher was a workhorse for the Connellsville softball team. Uher put up nice numbers during her career with the Falcons, and this year she made a smooth transition to the college game as a freshman at the University of Pitt-Greensburg.

Uher helped the Bobcats compile a 20-19 record, which included a 12-6 mark in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Uher made 20 appearances on the mound, which was the most among the UPG pitchers. She had an 8-9 record with one save. Uher led the Bobcats with 13 complete games and 110 strikeouts.

Uher's 2.04 ERA not only led the Bobcats but was the best among pitchers in the conference. She was fourth in the conference in innings pitched (113 13) and strikeouts and sixth in opposing batting average (.234) and wins (8).

For her effort, Uher garnered a third-team All-AMCC selection. She was one of six Bobcats to receive AMCC honors.

“I feel like it is a big accomplishment,” Uher said. “I was a little surprised because there are a lot of good pitchers in our conference.”

Entering the 2013 season, Uher said she expected to be part of a regular starting rotation. However, she quickly established herself as the staff ace.

“It was a pleasant surprise,” Uher said. “I was thinking (the work) would be split equally”

The Bobcats went 0-2 in the season-ending AMCC tournament, but Uher believes that the 2013 season will serve as a stepping stone for future success for a team that comprised primarily freshmen and sophomores.

“I definitely feel like it was a good year for the betterment of our program,” Uher said.

Uher also mentioned that her teammates, in particular Brianna Cramer, helped her to achieve success. Like Uher, Cramer is a 2012 Connellsville graduate. She played both infield and outfield for the Bobcats. Cramer started 14 games and hit .270 while committing just two errors.

“Brianna playing behind me gave me a lot of confidence,” Uher said.

Uher, like her teammates, will be looking to build on the 2013 season.

“It was an experimental year, but I'm happy with the things that have happened,” Uher said. “I'd like to get a lower ERA and a higher batting average (next season).”

Uher wasn't exactly an easy out at the plate. Hitting primarily out of the sixth spot, Uher compiled a .308 average with three doubles and two home runs in 27 games.

Uher earned All-Fayette County honors her sophomore, junior and senior seasons at Connellsville. She also earned All-Section 1-AAAA honors in her senior season. At Connellsville, Uher was 28-22 with 333 strikeouts and a 1.68 ERA. She hit .361 with six home runs and 32 RBI.

Uher is majoring in psychology, and this summer she is playing for the Steel City Cyclones 18U travel softball team.

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