May 18, 2006

Eggleston Honored By Heartland of America Athletic Conference

Former Scotland County standout Sara Eggleston was among the eight players Culver-Stockton College placed on the 2006 Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) softball all-conference team, which was announced during the league tournament in Gladstone in early May.

Eggleston, a sophomore from Memphis, (2004 Scotland County R-I graduate) recorded a 9-5 record on the mound with a 4.04 earned run average. She made a team- high 22 appearances, starting 15 games, including eight complete game performances. Overall she pitched 93 2/3 innings on the year, striking out 73, while walking 23 batters and compiling a 4.04 earned run average.

Eggleston led the Wildcats with nine victories and had the lowest batting average allowed among the teamís five hurlers.

One of her best performances of the year came on April 22 at Canton when she threw a complete game shutout in Culverís 4-0 victory over Missouri Valley. Eggleston allowed just four hits and walked two batters while fanning 10 in the seven-inning gem.

Joining Eggleston on the HAAC All-Conference honor squads was Carley Thurston, a freshman first baseman from Godfrey, Ill. (Alton HS). She was named the HAACís Freshman of the Year for her play in her inaugural season as a Lady Wildcat.

Also a first team selection, Thurston batted a team-leading .353 with 13 doubles, one triple and a school-record 13 home runs during the regular season. She tallied 54 RBI, collected 55 hits and scored 36 runs. Thurston was named the HAAC Player of the Week twice this season, and was the NAIA Player of the Week following the week of April 17-23.

The Lady Wildcats also placed two players on the second team in Kaysi Eighinger, a senior shortstop from Ashland, Ohio, (Ashland HS); and Melissa Goehl, a sophomore outfielder from Quincy, Ill. (Quincy HS).

Eighinger batted .325 with 12 doubles, one triple and four home runs during the regular season. She collected 49 hits, scored a team-high 42 runs and had 30 RBI. She also pilfered 19 bases on 22 attempts.

Goehl batted .344 and led the team with 56 hits this season. She scored 29 runs, recorded one double and 18 RBI. Goehl also led the Lady Wildcats with 22 stolen bases on 27 attempts.

The conference coaches gave four other players honorable mention accolades. Pitcher Whitney Howell was named, as well as third baseman Amanda Murphy, second baseman Jackie Clark and centerfielder Cassie Fischer.

Howell, a freshman from Beardstown, Ill. (Beardstown HS), was 8-8 with a 3.40 earned run average. She made 19 appearances, including 16 starts, and recorded 12 complete games. She led the team in innings pitched with 103.

Murphy, a freshman from Kirksville, Mo. (Kirksville HS), played in all 51 games this season. She batted .328 with one double and 11 RBI. In addition, she scored 27 runs, collected 44 hits and had 12 stolen bases.

Clark, a sophomore from River Grove, Ill. (East Leyden HS), batted .317 in 47 games this season. She garnered 45 hits, scored 38 runs and recorded eight doubles, two triples and three home runs. She also netted 33 RBI and stole six bases.

Fischer, a sophomore from Beardstown, Ill. (Beardstown HS), batted .320 in 51 games this season. Of her 55 hits, five were doubles, one was a triple and one was a home run. She was second on the team with 41 runs scored and had 17 RBI.

Culver-Stockton finished the regular season with a 23-28 overall record and placed third in the HAAC with a 13-7 league mark.

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