May 10, 2007

Eggleston Earns HAAC All-Conference Honors as C-SC Heads to NAIA Regionals

Culver-Stockton College placed four players on the 2007 Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) softball all-conference team, which was announced during the league tournament last weekend in Springfield, Mo.

First baseman Carley Thurston, pitcher Sara Eggleston and outfielder Melissa Goehl were named to the first team by league coaches, while second baseman Jackie Clark was a second team selection.

Eggleston, a junior from Memphis, (Scotland County R-I HS), was the workhorse of the C-SC pitching staff, hurling 156.1 innings during the season. She appeared in 28 games and recorded a 14-7 overall record in 24 starts.

In addition, Eggleston garnered a 1.84 earned run average, struck out 117 and walked 26 during the season. In HAAC action, Eggleston was 8-3 with a 1.31 ERA. She recorded five shutouts while striking out 73 and walking 10 in 80 innings of work. She was named the leagueís pitcher of the week on two different occasions during the season.

Thurston, a sophomore from Godfrey, IL, (Alton HS), was named to the first team for the second straight year after leading the Lady Wildcats with a .346 batting average. She also recorded team-highs in hits (45), doubles (15), home runs (6) and RBIís (29). In league play, Thurston batted .441 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI.

Goehl, a junior from Quincy, IL, (Quincy HS), was named to the first team this season after being a second team pick last year. The Lady Wildcat leadoff batter, she batted .331 with 24 runs scored, 42 hits and 14 stolen bases. In conference play, Goehl batted .424 with 10 stolen bases.

Clark, a junior from River Grove, IL, (East Leyden HS), batted .317 with five doubles, three triples and two home runs in 37 games this season. She added 20 RBI, scored 28 runs and pilfered six bases while playing a flawless second base, recording no errors in 139 chances.

C-SC received the eighth and final seed in the 2007 NAIA Region V Softball Tournament and faced top-seeded and Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) rival Evangel University in its first round game May 8, at Meador Park in Springfield.

This marks the 11th time in the last 14 years the Wildcats have advanced to the regional tournament. C-SC won the tournament in 2001 and advanced to the NAIA Softball World Series for the only time in its history.

The Wildcats (23-22) and Evangel (the regular season and conference tournament champion) have played three times this season with the 18th-ranked Crusaders prevailing each time.

Evangel swept a doubleheader from the Wildcats during the regular season, winning 5-4 and 9-8 at the Cotton Bowl in Canton, on March 15. Last week, en route to the conference tournament championship, Evangel overcame a 2-0 deficit to hand the Wildcats a 7-3 loss that knocked the Wildcats into the loserís bracket.

If the Wildcats defeat Evangel, they will play the winner of the game between William Woods and Central Methodist. If the Wildcats lose to Evangel, they would play the loser of that game.

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