2011-12 Softball News

June 1, 2012
USA South Releases Academic All-Conference Team
The USA South Athletic Conference has released its 2011-2012 Academic All-Conference Team, and North Carolina Wesleyan is pleased to announce that 58 Battling Bishops have garnered recognition.

April 17, 2012
Athletics Hosts 47th Annual Awards Ceremony
The North Carolina Wesleyan Department of Athletics hosted its 47th Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 16th, in the Garner Lobby of the Dunn Center. Coaches, staff and student-athletes came together to celebrate the accomplishments of both individuals and teams from the 2011-2012 season. Among those athletes and teams, NCWC boasted 50 USA South All-Conference selections, three USA South Championships, two Players of the Year, one Coach of the Year and one NCAA tournament berth. Highlighting the night’s winners were the honors given for the Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year, along with the Male and Female Athlete of the Year.

April 14, 2012
Brackett Earns 400th Win at Season-Ending Tourney
North Carolina Wesleyan opened up the 2012 USA South Softball Tournament at Burlington's Springwood Park on Friday morning with an 8-0 win over William Peace, marking the 400th career victory for long-time NCWC head coach John Brackett. Unfortunately, a 7-1 defeat at the hands of top-seeded Christopher Newport later in the day was followed by a season-ending loss to Methodist on Saturday morning.

April 11, 2012
Mills Highlights Softball Postseason Awards
The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2012 postseason awards for softball with a total of 55 student-athletes earning All-Conference recognition. North Carolina Wesleyan had four players earn accolades, highlighted by senior Meredith Mills being named to the Second Team.

April 10, 2012
Seay's Four Hits Not Enough, Bishops Swept at VWC
Sophomore Maria Seay went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBIs, but it would not be enough as the Battling Bishop softball team was swept at Virginia Wesleyan on Tuesday to wrap up the regular season. The Marlins took game one by a 5-3 score before earning a 4-0 shutout in game two.

April 6, 2012
Averett Takes Two from Wesleyan in USA South Play
Averett University took two games from N.C. Wesleyan in Friday's USA South softball action, downing the Bishops in the opener by a 5-4 score in extras before posting a 6-2 victory in the nightcap. The games were the final USA South contests of the season.

April 4, 2012
Bishops Outscore Quakers 13-2 in Softball Sweep
Sophomore pitcher Leanna Fann and freshman hurler Kelsi Bailey each held Guilford College to just one run in their respective complete-game performances, helping their Battling Bishop softball team earn a road sweep of the Quakers on Wednesday afternoon. NCWC won by 3-1 and 10-1 tallies.

April 3, 2012
Pritchett Powers Bishops to Split with Peace
The Battling Bishop softball team earned a USA South doubleheader split with William Peace University on Tuesday afternoon at Edge Field. Wesleyan got a walk-off three-run homerun by sophomore Paige Pritchett to take the opener 9-1, while the second game saw the Pacers rebound for a 7-4 victory.

March 31, 2012
Wesleyan Softball Earns League Split at Shenandoah
North Carolina Wesleyan's softball team earned 10-7 victory in game two of Saturday's USA South doubleheader at Shenandoah University, securing a two-game split with the Hornets. SU had previously turned in a come-from-behind 6-5 victory in the opener.

March 23, 2012
Bishop Softball Sweeps Mary Baldwin on Senior Day
Dani Abbey, Jena McFadden, and Meredith Mills were all honored on Senior Day as the Battling Bishop softball team outscored Mary Baldwin 19-2 over two games on Friday afternoon.

March 20, 2012
Monarchs Come-From-Behind to Down Bishops, 3-2
The Methodist University softball team handed North Carolina Wesleyan yet another late-inning league loss on Tuesday, coming from behind to down the Bishops by a 3-2 score in Fayetteville.

March 18, 2012
Softball Drops Pair of Extra-Inning League Games
North Carolina Wesleyan's softball team dropped a pair of heartbreaking extra-inning league games over the weekend, suffering a 5-4 loss to Ferrum in nine innings on Saturday and a 7-4 loss to Greensboro in eight innings on Sunday. The Panthers and Pride both earned key USA South sweeps in the process.

March 14, 2012
Hoes' Blast Leads Bishops to Split with #15 CNU
Freshman Kendra Hoes blasted a three-run homerun in the second inning of game one to highlight a 7-2 Wesleyan victory over 15th-ranked Christopher Newport University in Wednesday's USA South softball action at Edge Field.

March 13, 2012
Matthews Tabbed USA South Rookie of the Week
The USA South Athletic Conference has released its weekly awards for March 12th, and North Carolina Wesleyan freshman Carla Matthews has been tabbed the league's Rookie of the Week in softball.

March 10, 2012
NCWC Softball Cruises to Sweep of Salem
Freshman Logan Tollison went 4-for-6 with six RBIs to lead her Battling Bishop softball squad to a two-game sweep of Salem College on Saturday afternoon at Edge Field. The Bishops took game one by a 10-1 tally before turning in an 8-0 shutout in the nightcap.

March 5, 2012
Creef, Mills Lead NCWC Softball to Split with EHC
Sophomore Carly Creef went 5-for-5 on the day, while senior Meredith Mills drove in seven runs to help lead North Carolina Wesleyan softball to a doubleheader split with Emory & Henry on Monday afternoon at Edge Field.

March 3, 2012
Bishops Win Two at Rain-Shortened Beach Blast
North Carolina Wesleyan's softball team continued it solid start to the season with two more wins at the Virginia Wesleyan Beach Blast Tournament this weekend.

February 25, 2012
Fann, Bishops Earn Pair of Wins at MU Tourney
North Carolina Wesleyan's softball team rode the strong pitching of Leanna Fann to a pair of wins at Methodist University's Early Bird Tournament over the weekend. The sophomore righty picked up victories over Stevenson and York (Pa.), while her only defeat came in a 2-0 extra inning loss to #8 Salisbury. Fann is now 3-1 on the season and her Bishops stand at 4-2 overall.

February 21, 2012
Bishop Softball Sweeps SVU to Open Season
Sophomore Ashley Tharrington collected five hits over two games, while senior Meredith Mills drove in both game-winning runs to lift North Carolina Wesleyan's softball team a twinbill sweep of Southern Virginia to open the season on Tuesday at Edge Field.

January 25, 2012
USA South Releases Spring Preseason Polls
The USA South Athletic Conference has released its spring sport preseason coaches polls with North Carolina Wesleyan men's tennis leading the way.

December 1, 2011
Bishop Athletes Support Worthy Initiatives This Fall
The North Carolina Wesleyan Department of Athletics has highlighted a variety of community service projects that our Battling Bishops undertook this fall. In addition to the department's yearly 9/11 initiative, Cans Across the Conference and elementary reading programs, several teams participated in unique projects that surely benefited our student-athletes.