USC Beaufort SS C.J Browder named NAIA All-American

Ace Kristy Cook named honorable mention

sports@islandpacket.comMay 31, 2013 

USC Beaufort's C.J. Browder, right, gets caught in a rundown between second and third bases during a winner's bracket game with Spring Hill in the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round. Browder ended up scoring a run on the play.

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The individual accolades stemming from the USC Beaufort softball team's memorable season culminated Friday when junior shortstop C.J. Browder was named to the 2013 NAIA Softball All-America First Team and sophomore pitcher Kristy Cook garnered honorable mention status.

Browder and Cook led the Sand Sharks to a 43-6 record in their second season of competition and helped USCB claim the Sun Conference regular-season and tournament titles. The Sand Sharks advanced to the championship game of the NAIA National Championship Opening Round, where they lost to eventual national runner-up Spring Hill (Ala.) and first-team All-America pitcher Caroline Sagrera.

Browder was one of the most dangerous hitters in the country in her first season with the Sand Sharks, leading the team with a .491 batting average, 16 doubles, 17 home runs, 69 RBIs, 19 stolen bases and 57 runs scored. She also was a solidifying force in the middle of the infield, boasting a .940 fielding percentage at shortstop. Browder was named the Sun Conference Player of the Year for her performance during the regular season.

Cook won Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year honors in her second season at USCB after going unbeaten in the regular season. She finished the year with a 22-2 record and a 1.86 ERA, compiling 147 strikeouts against 41 walks in 169 1/3 innings. Both of Cook's losses came against Sagrera and Spring Hill in the NAIA Opening Round. In two years at USCB, Cook is 42-7 with a 1.64 ERA, 303 strikeouts and five no-hitters.

The NAIA Softball All-America teams, which are comprised of 20 first-team, 20 second-team and 20 honorable mention honorees, were selected by the NAIA All-America committee. Concordia (Calif.) senior Katie Cotta was named the NAIA Pitcher of the Year, and Lee (Tenn.) sophomore outfielder Dominique Hannah was named NAIA Player of the Year.

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