Collins Hill grad Libby Munson, at right of the jersey, celebrates with her family last weekend after Shorter University retired her softball jersey No. 4. (Special)
Three years after she finished her college career, Shorter University bestowed the ultimate honor on Libby Munson.
The Collins Hill grad had her No. 4 jersey retired last weekend during a series with Lee University, recognizing the most accomplished player in program history. The four-time All-American is the first Shorter softball player to have her jersey retired.
“She’s one of those players you never had to give a pre-game speech to in order to get her ready to play,” Shorter head coach Al Thomas said of Munson, now a critical care registered nurse at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. “She knows the game and she’s always prepared regardless of the situation. She did whatever it took to win, at the plate or on the hill or with her glove. I’ve never, ever seen her not mentally prepared to play the game.”
Munson never missed a game during her Shorter career, starting all 253 and contributing greatly with her bat, arm and glove.
She is the program’s all-time leader in at-bats (805), hits (289), doubles (68) and RBIs (174) and boasts a .359 career batting average.
At Collins Hill, she was known most for her pitching. She was the team’s go-to pitcher for a 2005 state championship team and a 2006 state runner-up squad. She was dominant at the college level, too, with a 1.29 ERA and school records for wins (105), innings (872 2/3) and strikeouts (792). She also had a streak of 56 consecutive scoreless innings to set an NAIA national record.
Munson, who graduated with a 3.73 GPA, closed her college career with an exceptional 2011 season. She allowed a school-best 26 earned runs the entire season and earned all-tournament acclaim at the NAIA Softball National Championships, where she pitched Shorter’s first 37 innings with a no-hitter, two shutouts and four victories. That helped the Hawks advance out of pool play for the first time in four tries.
“I’ve never seen a pitcher do what she did in the last four weeks of that season,” Thomas said. “That put her in an elite status.”
Wesleyan’s Hall competes at NCAAs
Wesleyan grad Lauren Hall, a sophomore diver for Hawaii, competed in the NCAA championships for the first time in her career earlier this month.
Hall’s best finish was her last event, placing 22nd in platform with 265.5 points. She also was 27th in the 1-meter competition (258.45) and 36th in the 3-meter dive (261.15).
up big for GPC
Mill Creek grad Jerad Curry made a big contribution to Georgia Perimeter College’s baseball victory Tuesday, much like he has all season.
The sophomore ripped a game-winning, three-run double in the eighth inning and capped the Jaguars’ comeback, 9-8 victory over fellow JUCO power Gordon College. The victory kept GPC in first place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association standings with a two-game lead over second-place Gordon.
Curry, a catcher/first baseman who transferred in from Chipola College (Fla.), entered the weekend with a .366 batting average, 31 RBIs and nine doubles this season.
Wesleyan grad Katie Frerking helped Auburn to an NIT victory Monday night over Old Dominion.
The freshman had 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting for the Tigers, who were eliminated from the postseason tournament Thursday night by conference rival Mississippi State.
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