April 12, 2007

Former SCR-I Pitcher Handling Promotion to #1 Starter at C-SC

Being the #1 starter for her team is nothing new for Sara Eggleston. From the time she was old enough to pitch in organized softball, she was taking the ball on the mound. That was the case her entire high school career at Scotland County R-I where she took over the pitching duties as a freshman.

In four years as a Lady Tiger she started no fewer than 15 games each year. The three-time first team all-conference hurler spurred a huge turnaround in the schoolís softball program. In her final two seasons Eggleston racked up a 31-11 record and struck out 374 batters in 314 innings of work.

But things changed a bit for the 2004 graduate. She joined a talented staff at Culver-Stockton College in Canton and for the first time in her pitching career, found herself battling for the right to start.

After paying her dues as a freshman, Eggleston had a strong sophomore season, going 9-6 with a 4.14 earned run average in 99.2 innings last year as the teamís #2 starter.

Over her first two years in college, while the situation was different for Eggleston, her hard work and dedication remained unchanged. That effort has paid off in 2007.

Eggleston, a junior at C-SC has once again earned the #1 starter job for her team.

The season started strong for the former SCR-I standout. Eggleston picked up the victory in the season opener March 5th against Belhaven (Mississippi). She went the distance, allowing just one earned run on eight hits while striking out five in the 6-2 victory.

Eggleston improved to 2-0 on the year as Culver-Stockton beat William Carey (Mississippi) 4-3. The junior hurler picked up another complete game, allowing 10 hits and two earned runs in the victory.

But the team gave the impression that it may have left its offense down south as the Lady Wildcats have struggled with the bat since returning to Missouri. After the 2-0 start, the team has fallen on hard times, dropping to 8-18 on the year.

Eggleston has done solid work in her 15 appearances. She has a 5-6 record with a 2.24 earned run average. She has started 11 games and has appeared in relief in four others. Over that span she has thrown a team high 81 innings, allowing 85 hits and 17 walks while striking out 56.

In just 17 at bats, she is hitting .235 with a double and 2 RBI. She has also stolen 13 bases on the year.

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