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Patterson Named to Softball's All-Conference Second Team

HIGH POINT, N.C. - Conference Carolinas All-Conference Teams were determined by vote from each softball head coach of participating league institutions.  Nominations are collected and then voted upon by ballot and tallied to determine Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Coach of the Year, All-Conference First Team, and All-Conference Second Team.  Awards were presented at the Conference Carolinas softball team banquet at the Conference Tournament Championships hosted by Coker College at Byerly Park, in Hartsville, SC.  Kirsten Patterson (Anthem, AZ) is the lone representative from Pfeiffer University on the second team. This year’s other award winners are as follows:

Player of the Year:
Larissa Shannon, Erskine
Larissa Shannon slugged a conference-best 17 home runs while batting .391 on the season. The junior catcher/designated player hit three home runs against archrival Anderson University, including a 3-run walk-off home run. Shannon needs just two more homeruns to tie Erskine’s single-season homerun record of 19 set in 2010.

Pitcher of the Year:
Chantel Dodge, Queens University of Charlotte
Senior Chantel Dodge went 20-9 on the mound to earn Pitcher of the Year honors for the second time in her career. Queens’ Most Outstanding Female Senior Athlete leads the conference in wins, shutouts and innings pitched, and her 10 shutouts rank her 10th in the nation in the category. Dodge struck out 139 batters this season giving her a total of 736 career strikeouts, the most in Queens’ history. Her 1.44 ERA led the Royals to a third place overall finish in Conference Carolinas with a 16-5 league and 28-22 overall record.

Freshman of the Year:
Ericka McCarson, Erskine
The freshman third baseman hit .276 along with seven home runs while leading the team in stolen bases (8) from her lead-off position. Three times McCarson led off a game with a homerun, including hitting one in her first collegiate at-bat against Wingate University. McCarson helped Erskine claim the fourth seed in the conference tournament with a 14-8 league mark and 21-21 overall record.

Coach of the Year:
Jaime Kylis-Higginbotham, Mount Olive College
Jaime Kylis-Higginbotham guided Mount Olive to the East Division regular season league title with a 17-5 conference mark, the Trojans’ highest win total in conference play in school history. Mount Olive finished the regular season with a 31-15 mark for the Trojans’ first 30-win season since 2007. Mount Olive went 12-2 in its last 14 conference games and won 15 of its last 18 regular season games overall.

Eastern Division Regular Season Champions
Mount Olive College

Western Division Regular Season Champions
North Greenville University

All-Conference First Team:
Kirstyn Burleson- Limestone, 1st Base
Cora Milliken- King, 2nd Base
Ericka McCarson- Erskine, 3rd Base
Christina Melcher- King, SS
Megan Lathbury- Queens, DP
Larissa Shannon-Erskine, UT
Fallon Thomas -King, Catcher
Ashlyn Hicks- Erskine, Catcher
Jenna Guse- Limestone, Outfield
Kayla Voorhees- Mount Olive, Outfield
Sydney Weatherford- Coker, Outfield
Chantel Dodge- Queens, Pitcher
Laurel Gregg-Lees-McRae, Pitcher
Rachel Glazebrook- North Greenville, Pitcher

All-Conference Second Team:
Kirsten Patterson- Pfeiffer, 1st Base
Carol-Anne Sherrill-Belmont Abbey, 2nd Base
Kalie Smith- Mount Olive, 3rd Base
Jennifer Jones- Mount Olive, SS
Bryant McLendon- Coker, DP
Robbin Kennedy- Mount Olive, UT
Stacy Burr- Coker, Catcher
Amber Faust- Belmont Abbey, Catcher
Whitney Britt- Queens, Outfield
Morgan Purcell-Erskine, Outfield
Keeya Turner- Queens, Outfield
Kelsey Spurrier-Erskine, Pitcher
Lauren Smith- Mount Olive, Pitcher
Hannah Light- King, Pitcher

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