Softball Players Honored with Regional and National Awards
DAHLONEGA, GA – Over the last week the North Georgia softball team saw many players receive national recognition by both Daktronics and the NFCA once again in 2012.
Five players were honored this postseason for yet another successful softball season. The team came up short in its attempt at a fourth straight College World Series appearance, losing to Flagler in a decisive game three in the NCAA Super Regionals last weekend.
Senior pitcher Jessica Coan received NFCA All-Southeast Region First-Team honors for her dominating performance once again this season. Coan was also named Daktronics Third-Team All-American, after going 24-8 this year with a 1.44 ERA. Coan was named National Pitcher of the Year last season and will now take her softball career overseas and play professionally in Germany.
The other hurler for the Saints to receive honors this season was the PBC Freshman of the Year and Southeast Region Pitcher of the Year Melissa Dickie. Dickie was named an honorable mention Daktronics All-American pitcher as well, after boasting a 21-1 record with a lowly 1.15 ERA.
Hilary Cox was also named NFCA All-Southeast Region First-Team as well, after another quality year in 2012. Cox also earned that honor last season, as she again was the leader for North Georgia. She hit .300 with 33 RBI's and five home runs, finishing up what was an outstanding four-year career.
Making her third appearance on the NFCA All-Region Team was senior Pilar Harden. She hit .326 with a team-high 37 RBI's and 61 hits. Harden was perfect this season defensively, starting and playing in every game this season while not committing an error.
Junior Karlie Gillam was named NFCA Second-Team All-Region this season after leading the Saints offensively throughout the regular season. She led North Georgia with a .329 batting average and 14 doubles. Gillam will be the senior cornerstone for the Saints next season.
The senior class of Coan, Cox and Harden departs North Georgia after an unprecedented four-year career. They made it to three NCAA College World Series and four NCAA Super Regionals.
Dickie and Gillam will return to Dahlonega next season and be the faces of the program. Those two and many others will be hungry for another chance at a National Championship run.