Hometown Collegiate Spotlight
by The Press and Standard | July 25, 2018 5:00 pm
Last Updated: July 25, 2018 at 7:39 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
During the 2017-18 academic year, Colleton County High School and Colleton Prep Academy had 20-plus student-athletes participating in collegiate athletics. Here, we take a look at a number of these local student-athletes, along with their contributions at the collegiate level.
Coker College Baseball, rising senior
2017-18: Played in 33 games. Went 2-2 with a double, and two runs scored in Cobras 11-1 victory over Urbana.
2016-17: Played in 41 games, starting 39 behind the plate in his rookie campaign at Coker. He hit for a .287 batting average, earned a .407 on-base percentage and hit for a .348 slugging percentage. He totaled 33 hits including five doubles and one triple, while driving in 13 runs. He also scored 20 runs, drew 20 walks and stole one base and gunned down five runners defensively.
Previous School: Transferred to Coker from USC Salkehatchie where he played baseball for the Indians.
Upcoming: Pursuing a M.S. in management and leadership and will complete his final season of eligibility.
Barton College Softball, rising senior
2017-18: Appeared in 31 games and pitched 65 innings, allowing 82 hits and 35 earned runs. She recorded 23 strikeouts and finished with a 3.77 ERA. Crosby had 15 at-bats and scored one run.
Previous School: Finished her JUCO career at Spartanburg Methodist College and signed to Barton College where she is pursuing a degree in nursing.
University of S.C.–Beaufort Softball, rising senior
2017-18: Appeared in 46 games and pitched 77 innings, allowing 80 hits and 37 earned runs. She recorded 46 strikeouts and finished with a 3.36 ERA. At the plate, Crosby finished with a .278 batting average and slugged .380. In 108 plate appearances, she recorded 30 hits, including six doubles, a triple and a home run. She scored 22 runs and had 19 RBI’s on the season.
Previous School: Transferred from the College of Charleston following her sophomore season. She is pursuing an undergraduate degree in business.
Catawba College Football, rising junior
2017-18: Appeared in 11 games with six starts. Murray recorded 45 total tackles, 55 all-purpose yards and scored once on the season on a 41-yard punt return. He had four solo tackles and one assist against UNC-Pembroke and was credited with an interception, which he returned for 14 yards, setting up the Indians to score on the next drive. The Indians won the game 41-9. Against North Greenville College on Saturday Oct. 7, Murray scored on a 41-yard punt return and had four solo tackles and five assists to help lead the Indians to a 26-20 win.
Charleston Southern University Football, rising junior
2017-18: Linebacker. Appeared in 10-12 games last season and missed Presbyterian and Indiana due to injury.
Returning to the Buccaneers in 2018-19 and pursuing a degree in kinesiology.
Presbyterian College Football, rising sophomore
2017-18: Offensive Lineman. Redshirted.
Returning to the Blue Hose in 2018-19 and pursuing a degree in political science and pre-law.
Tennessee Tech Football, rising junior
2017-18: Played in three games.
2016-17: Hand played in five games as a defensive tackle, recording one tackle.
College of Charleston Softball, rising sophomore
2017-18: Appeared in seven games with one start. In seven at bats on the season, she recorded one hit and had an RBI for a .143 average.
2018-19: DeWitt will transfer to Coker College in the fall where she will continue her softball career. She is majoring in biology with an emphasis on ecology.
Claflin College Softball, Class of 2018
2017-18: As a utility player, Givens played in 28 games with 16 starts. She recorded 20 put-outs on the season. In 52 plate appearances, she recorded nine hits with 5-RBI’s and scored eight runs.
2016-17: Played in 29 games with 19 starts. In 56 at bats, she scored 10 runs on 16 hits with 6-RBI’s, including five doubles, for a .286 average.
2015-16: Played in 17 games with five starts. In 20 at bats, she had five hits and scored six runs.
2014-15: Played at Clark Atlanta University
University of S.C.–Beaufort Baseball, rising senior
2017-18: Litchfield pitched in one game for the Sand Sharks and had two strikeouts in his appearance.
2015-17: While at Coker College, Litchfield was redshirted as a freshman, and saw limited time as a sophomore.
Limestone College Track & Field, rising senior
2017-18: Named All-American for her track and field performance at Limestone College and is the first female in the history of Limestone College track and field to earn the honor. Qualified for the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Brown kicked off her season by notching a NCAA provisional qualifying time with a school record of 7.69 in the 60m dash. Named back-to-back Conference Carolinas Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week.
She earned the distinction of being named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division II All-Region Team and was named MVP for women’s track at Limestone. She currently holds the school record in the 60m dash indoor and the 100m dash outdoor.
2015-17: Top performer at Limestone College in the 60m and 100m dash.
Furman University Soccer, rising junior
2017-18: Played in six matches as a reserve during her sophomore season. Netted her first career goal in a 6-0 win over South Carolina State on September 13. Totaled five shots. Named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
2016-17: Appeared in five matches off the bench for the Paladins as a freshman. A member of the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.
Newberry College Track & Field, rising junior
2017-18: South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Finished 67th in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship; finished 8th in the Fighting Owls Invitational; finished 92nd in the USC-Upstate Invitational; finished 32nd in the Winthrop Invitational; finished 33rd in the Palmetto State Festival.
2016-17: Finished 12th in the Jaguar Challenge.
Anderson College Baseball, rising sophomore
Newberry College Baseball, rising sophomore
2017-18: SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Appeared in two games. Pitched one inning, allowing two earned runs and two hits.
University of S.C.–Salkehatchie Baseball, rising junior
2016-18: In his JUCO career, Craven contributed as a left-handed pitcher for the Indians.
Next season, Craven will continue his education and baseball career at Anderson University.
University of S.C. –Salkehatchie Volleyball, rising senior
2016-18: In her JUCO career, Sapp contributed as a hitter for the Indians and most recently served as a captain.
North Greenville College Baseball, rising sophomore
The Citadel Football, rising junior
2017-18: Redshirt freshman: Worked with the Bulldogs’ scout team.
2016-17: Worked with the scout team while redshirting.
Murdaugh is majoring in criminal justice.
Limestone College Track & Field, rising senior
2017-18: Finished 6th in Gamecock Invitational; finished 5th in Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships; finished 17th in Conference Carolinas Outdoor Championships; finished 6th in Camel City Invitational; finished 9th in ETSU Invitational.
2015-17: Finished 7th in Susan Rouse Invitational; finished 3rd in Charlotte; finished 13th in Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships; finished 7th in Buccaneer Invitational.
University of S.C.-Beaufort Track & Field, rising senior
2017-18: Earned All-American Honors as a member of the Sand Shark relay team. Finished in fifth-place showing, running 47.38 seconds to become the first relay team to score at nationals in program history. In addition, she just missed the 200-meter final, placing 10th in 24.67 seconds to miss the All-America cut-off by six one-hundredths of a second.
2016-17: Set a school record in the 60-meter event during the Embry-Riddle Challenge with a 7.86 time.