Softball's Successful Season

Blue Hose Cruise Past Bucs to Advance in Big South Tournament FARMVILLE, Va. – The Presbyterian Blue Hose (36-14) cruised past the Charleston Southern Buccaneers (27-28), 10-4, to advance in the Big South Tournament. HOW IT HAPPENED Charleston Southern put the first two runs on the board on three hits in the top of the first inning. In the bottom of the first inning, Presbyterian scored three runs to take the lead for good. Layna Johnson scored PC’s first run on Jillian Hewes’s sacrifice fly to center field. The other two runs in the inning came on a two-run home run by Morgan Hess over the left center field wall. Kaitlyn Tucker scored on Hess’s home run. The Blue Hose exploded for five runs on five hits in the second inning. Kelby Goodrum, who reached base on a double to left field, scored the inning’s first run on Johnson’s double to right center field. Johnson scored the second run of the inning on Tucker’s single to left field. Then, Lath Freeman blasted a two-run home run over the left field wall. Hewes scored the inning’s fifth run on Hess’s double to left field. Charleston Southern scored a run in the third and fourth innings. In the sixth inning, Presbyterian scored the game’s final two runs after Hess connected on her second home run of the game on a two-run shot over the left center field wall. Haley Haselden collected her fourth win of the season after recording six strikeouts while scattering six hits and allowing three earned runs in three and a two-thirds innings in the circle. Hess finished the game in the circle throwing the final three and a third innings of shutout softball. NOTABLES * Hess went 4-for-4 with two home runs and a double while driving in five runs. * Seven PC players scored at least one run in the game. Johnson, Tucker and Hess scored two runs apiece. * Six Blue Hose players recorded a hit in the game. * Freeman connected on her third home run of the Big South Tournament in the second inning. UP NEXT Presbyterian plays third-seed Longwood in their third straight elimination game in the Big South Tournament on Friday, May 13 at 10 a.m. Freeman and Hess Help Blue Hose Fend Off Elimination with 3-0 Win Over Radford FARMVILLE, Va. – The Presbyterian Blue Hose (35-14) behind two home runs from Lath Freeman and a strong pitching performance from Morgan Hess shutout the Radford Highlanders (19-29), 3-0, to fend off elimination in the Big South Conference Championship on Wednesday. Presbyterian dropped its opening game with a 3-1 loss to the Charleston Southern Buccaneers (27-26) before defeating Radford to advance to day two of the conference tournament. RADFORD GAME Presbyterian put their first two runs on the board when Freeman blasted a two-run home run over the left field wall in the third inning. Freeman connected on her second home run with a solo shot over the center field wall in the sixth inning. Hess only allowed one hit with 11 strikeouts over seven shutout innings to record her 15th win of the season. A big point in the game came in the top of the sixth inning when Radford loaded the bases with two outs but Radford’s Hannah Morris grounded out to Hess to end the Highlanders’ threat. CHARLESTON SOUTHERN GAME The Buccaneers scored three runs on two hits in the third inning to take an early 3-0 lead. The Blue Hose cut Charleston Southern’s lead to 3-1 when Hess walked with the bases loaded scoring Kaitlyn Tucker. However, the Blue Hose were not able to get any closer to Charleston Southern. NOTABLES * With her 15th win, Hess moved into a tie with Kensley Loudermelk (2015) for the third-most wins in a season in Presbyterian’s Division I era. * Freeman’s two home runs give her eight home runs on the season. * Jenna Greene recorded seven strikeouts against Charleston Southern giving her 198 strikeouts on the season. * In the two games, Freeman led the Blue Hose with three hits. Hess, Tucker, and Layna Johnson each recorded two hits. UP NEXT Presbyterian continues play in the Big South Conference Tournament at 4 p.m on Thursday, May 12.

Six Blue Hose Players Earn All-Big South Honors - Most Ever for Softball & TOURNAMENT.

 

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Six members of the Presbyterian Blue Hose softball team earned Big South Conference honors, as announced by the league office on Tuesday. This is the most players that Presbyterian has had named All-Big South Conference in a single season in the program’s history.

BIG SOUTH HONORS
Senior outfielder Jaiden Tweed and sophomore infielder Jillian Hewes were named First Team All-Big South. Tweed also earned Big South All-Academic team honors as well. Sophomore infielder Kaitlyn Tucker and freshman designated player Morgan Hess were voted Second Team All-Big South. Hess was also selected for the Big South All-Freshman team. Junior catcher Lath Freeman and junior infielder Layna Johnson garnered Honorable Mention All-Big South honors.

JAIDEN TWEED  - OUTFIELD
First Team All-Big South, Big South All-Academic Team

Tweed and Hewes are the first Blue Hose players since 2016 named First Team All-Big South. Tweed is the fourth outfielder in the program’s history named First Team All-Big South.

The Black Mountain, North Carolina native ranks among the Big South leaders with a team-high 19 stolen bases. This season, Tweed has a .328 batting average with seven doubles, four home runs (including a home run in her final at-bat at the PC Softball Complex on May 7), and 26 RBIs. On May 2, she was named Big South Player of the Week for the first time in her career.

Off the field, Tweed has a 3.84 GPA majoring in Political Science. During her career at PC, she has been on the Dean’s List six times and the Big South Presidential Honor Roll for three years.

JILLIAN HEWES – FIRST BASE
First Team All-Big South

Hewes, who plays first base for the Blue Hose, is the second infielder in the program’s history to garner First Team All-Big South honors. The Simpsonville, South Carolina native was named Big South Player of the Week on February 28. This season, she has a .343 batting average with a .560 slugging percentage while tallying 46 hits with 13 multiple-hit games. She has blasted six home runs while driving in 28 runs.

KAITLYN TUCKER  - SECOND BASE
Second Team All-Big South

Tucker, who was named to the Big South All-Freshman Team last season, was a two-time Big South Player of the Week recipient on March 7 and April 4. Tucker is fifth in the Big South with a team-high .363 batting average. This season, the Oakboro, North Carolina native has connected on 45 hits with 13 multiple-hit games while scoring 34 runs.    

MORGAN HESS – DESIGNATED PLAYER/PITCHER
Second Team All-Big South, Big South All-Freshman Team

Hess is the fourth player in the school history to be named All-Big South and to the Big South All-Freshman team in the same season. This season, she was named Big South Player of the Week on February 22 and Big South Freshman of the Week three times on March 21, April 25, and May 2. The South Riding, Virginia native leads the Big South with a .800 slugging percentage. She is third on the team with a .350 batting average. Hess is second in the league with 14 home runs and 44 RBIs. As a pitcher, Hess ranks amongst the league leaders with a 1.93 ERA to go along with 14 wins and 131 strikeouts.

LATH FREEMAN - CATCHER
Honorable Mention All-Big South

Freeman earned Big South Player of the Week honors on March 21. This season, the Spartanburg, South Carolina native has a .315 batting average with a .517 slugging percentage. She has collected 45 hits with 11 multiple-hit games. She has tallied six home runs, and 11 doubles to go along with 39 RBIs. In Presbyterian’s win over Gardner-Webb on April 10, Freeman set the program’s Division I single-game record for RBIs after driving in seven runs.

LAYNA JOHNSON - SHORTSTOP
Honorable Mention All-Big South

Johnson ranks amongst the Big South leaders with a .361 batting average with 43 hits and 14 multiple-hit games. The Aynor, South Carolina native is second on the team with 11 stolen bases. She recorded five home runs and 16 RBIs with a .538 slugging percentage.

2022 BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE SOFTBALL AWARD WINNERS

First-Team All-Conference

OF    Summer Johnson, Jr., USC Upstate
OF    Jaden Pone, Fr., Longwood
OF    Jaiden Tweed, Sr., Presbyterian College

1B     Jillian Hewes, Soph., Presbyterian College

2B    Tiffany Domingue, Soph., USC Upstate
SS     Sarah Price, Sr., USC Upstate
3B    Cori McMillan, Fr., Radford
C      Alexis Wayland, Sr., Longwood
P      Sydney Backstrom, Gr., Longwood
P      Hannah Houge, Sr., USC Upstate
DP    Peyton Darnell, Soph., USC Upstate
UTL   Kiaya Jeusi, Sr., Hampton 

 

Second-Team All-Conference

OF    Kayley DeVivi, Soph., Longwood

OF    Celeste Delorenzo, Soph., USC Upstate

OF    Icess Tresvik, Fr., North Carolina A&T

1B     Sydney Jacobsen, Sr., Longwood

2B    Kaitlyn Tucker, Soph., Presbyterian College

SS     Ashley Meckley, Sr., Charleston Southern

3B    Araceli Pesqueira, Jr., Gardner-Webb

C      Casey Coguts, Soph., USC Upstate

P      Isabella Smith, Fr., Campbell

P      Georgeanna Barefoot, R-Soph., Campbell

DP    Morgan Hess, Fr., Presbyterian College

 

Honorable Mention All-Conference

Lath Freeman, C, Jr., Presbyterian College

Paige Rivas, OF, R-Soph., Winthrop

Layna Johnson, SS, Jr., Presbyterian College

Tyra Parker, OF, Fr., Campbell

Alexa Pagano, OF, R-Jr., Campbell (tie)

Macy McCall, OF, Jr., Winthrop (tie)

 

All-Freshman Team

Jaden Pone, OF, Longwood

Cori McMillan, 3B, Radford

Morgan Hess, DP/P, Presbyterian College

Isabella Smith, P, Campbell

Icess Tresvik, OF, North Carolina A&T

Reese Basinger, P, Winthrop

Dezianna Patmon, 3B, North Carolina A&T

 

All-Academic Team

Georgeanna Barefooot, P, R-Soph., Campbell

Annah Junge, P, Jr., Charleston Southern

Riley McCurry, 2B, Soph., Gardner-Webb

Lauren Brooks, OF, Sr., Hampton

Mason Basdikis, 2B, Sr., Longwood

Jocelyn Bennett, C, Sr., North Carolina A&T

Jaiden Tweed, OF, Sr., Presbyterian

Skyler DeHart, P, Jr., Radford

Sarah Price, SS, Sr., USC Upstate

Lauren King, 3B, Sr., Winthrop

 

Player of the Year

Peyton Darnell, DP, Soph., USC Upstate

 

Pitcher of the Year

Sydney Backstrom, Gr., Longwood

 

Freshman of the Year

Jaden Pone, OF, Longwood

 

Coach of the Year

Chris Hawkins, USC Upstate

 

Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Annah Junge, P, Jr., Charleston Southern

 

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