Charleston Southern outfielder Jana Matthews made the All-Big South Conference softball first team, and teammate Caitlin Allen was named the league's softball scholar-athlete of the year to highlight five Buccaneers players honored.
Matthews, the only true freshman on the all-league first team, had a school-record 12 homers for CSU and hit .256 for the regular season, with a.556 slugging percentagee. Matthews has a team-leading 41 RBIs.
Allen, a senior pitcher from North Augusta, is the first CSU player to be voted softball scholar-athlete of the year. She has a 3.78 ERA and a 6-3 record to go along with two saves in 74 innings pitched this season. She was a second-team pick for the academic All-District III team.
Making the all-conference second team from CSU were first baseman Megan Hall, third baseman Shayla Cullum and designated player Kristin Kelleher.
--No. 5 seed Charleston Southern opens its bid in the Big South Conference tournament against No. 4 Gardner-Webb in a 9 a.m. game today at Coastal Carolina in Conway. CSU finished the league regular season in a tie for third place.
The double-elimination tournament runs through Saturday. Radford is the top seed, and host Coastal is No. 6.
Three in-state players, two from the Midlands and one from the Upstate, signed to play volleyball for Charleston Southern, head coach Danyel Bellush said. They are 5-7 outside hitter Andrea Keesee of Columbia's Blythewood High School, 5-6 setter Laura Grace Swindler of Lexington High and 5-10 outside hitter/right side Carley Reiter of Greenville's Wade Hampton High.
Charleston Southern's Patria Norman set a school record with 4,728 points in the heptathlon at the Deacon Combined Events Classic at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. Norman finished in eighth place, after posting 3,150 points in Tuesday's first four events.