Patriots add All-Conference JUCO softball catcher

Patriots add All-Conference JUCO softball catcher

Francis Marion University women's softball coach Stacey Vallee has announced that 5-3 catcher Sage Harrison of St. Helens, Ore., will join the Patriot program this fall after transferring from Seward County Community College.  She will have two years of eligibility at FMU.

Harrison earned first-team Jayhawk West All-Conference Team accolades this past spring after batting .358 with 22 home runs and 62 runs batted in.  Her home run total set a school single-season record, ranked first in her conference, and eighth nationally.  She also scored 48 runs in 59 games, while helping lead the Lady Saints to a 38-21 record and an appearance in the Region VI Tournament championship game. A right-handed hitter, she also registered eight doubles and a .427 on-base percentage, and was named her conference's Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4-10.

As a freshman, she hit .307 in 65 games with 12 doubles, 13 home runs, and 52 RBIs. She was also named to the 2016 Fall Athletic Directors' Honor Roll.

In her two seasons at Seward County, she threw out 27 runners attempting to steal and recorded a .973 fielding percentage. Her 35 career home runs also tied a program record.

Harrison is a product of Scappoose High School, where she played for coach Cijay Koler.  As a senior, she batted .477 with nine home runs and 57 RBIs, while earning first-team All-League and All-State honors.  She helped lead Scappoose to a 24-5 record and a third-place finish at the 2016 Oregon State Tournament. She earned second-team All-State recognition as a junior and was an honorable mention selection as a sophomore.

"We are very excited to add Sage to our lineup," Vallee said. "She is going to bring experience from her time at her junior college, which will help add to our upper-classman leadership. She is a catcher who is willing to play anywhere that we need her to play, so we could see her behind the plate, in the outfield, or on the infield. Her willingness to do whatever it takes for her team to be successful is a quality every coach wants. She also possesses a record-breaking bat, having the ability to go yard, drive in runs, and hit for average."

The Patriots lost only two seniors off last year's 19-25 squad.

Valle previously announced the signing of three high school seniors; 6-0 first basemen Addie May of Vale, N.C., 5-5 middle infielder Darian Buss of Huntsville, Ala., and 5-9 right-handed pitcher Janecia (Neci) Hemingway of Conway, S.C.; and the addition of 5-4 outfielder Kayleigh Walters of Valrico, Fla., a transfer from the State College of Florida.

            Sage Harrison