Thursday, June 2, 2011
Alexander shines at Southwest
By BARRY BURLESON
Lauren Alexander left an impressive mark on the Southwest Tennessee Community College softball program.
The 2009 graduate of Marshall Academy finished her two-year stint at Southwest by becoming the all-time hit leader at the junior college. She had 54 hits as a freshman and 63 as a sophomore.
As a freshman, Alexander started 51 games, including 23 at second base and 14 at shortstop. She led the team with 171 at-bats, 35 runs scored, 14 stolen bases and 78 assists. Plus, she ranked fourth on the team with a .316 batting average. In addition, Alexander was among the team leaders with 23 runs batted in, 62 total bases, 14 walks, .368 on-base average and .944 fielding average. She ranked second on the team with 14 multiple-hit games. She had 73 put-outs. She also appeared in 19 games as a pitcher, compiling a 7-7 record, 3.38 earned run average and 58 strikeouts.
As a sophomore, Alexander upped her batting average to .409 in 154 at-bats. Her 63 hits led the team. She scored 38 runs. She had five doubles, two triples, 15 RBIs and 72 total bases. Her slugging average was .468 and her on-base average was .432. She moved to the outfield, playing both left and right, and had 30 put-outs, seven assists, only one error and a .974 fielding average.
Alexander, the daughter of Tim and Barbara Alexander, also earned Academic All-American honors with a 3.6 grade point average.
She was offered softball scholarships by three four-year colleges but decided to focus on her nursing degree. She will attend the Northwest Mississippi Community College nursing program.
At Marshall Academy in Holly Springs, Alexander lettered five years under coach Susan Rodgers. She led the Lady Patriots to back-to-back Mississippi Private School Association Class AA state championships her junior and senior seasons and the overall state title as a senior. She posted a 25-4 pitching record with a 0.89 ERA her senior year, striking out 152 batters in 173 innings. She was also one of the team’s top hitters with .378 batting average, 37 runs scored, 49 stolen bases and a .565 on-base average.
She was named all-conference five years, all-state four years and team most valuable player four years.
In summer ball, Alexander played for the Bluff City Bombers, coached by Butch Wells, and helped lead them to three consecutive Mississippi state championships and a ninth-place finish in the national tournament.
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