The Presbyterian College softball team, following its impressive run to the Big South Championship game, placed three student-athletes on the All-Tournament team. Among those honored by the conference for their stellar play during the tournament, held in Buies Creek, N.C., were Blue Hose Kensley Loudermelk (Taylorsville, N.C.), Hope Rogers (Gaston, N.C.) and Erin Ruff (Chardon, Ohio).
Loudermelk pitched in every PC tournament game, starting in three of them and posting a 3-1 mark. In 24.0 innings she surrendered just six earned runs and struck out 23, including nine in the 5-1 win over Charleston Southern in the semifinals. That game saw her give up just three hits and one run. She carried a 1.75 ERA, and came in relief for four innings against Coastal Carolina, picking up the win after retiring the final six batters of the game. The senior retired the side in three of seven innings in the 6-1 win over Winthrop, including the final five batters of the game. She struck out five and allowed one run off five hits against the Eagles. In the loss to Longwood she struck out six and surrendered just six hits.
Rogers carried a .400 batting average in the tournament, starting in all four games and collecting six hits, including three against Charleston Southern. She proved to be the star of the game after shooting the Blue Hose up 4-0 in the fourth inning off a three-run blast over the left field wall. She added a RBI base hit in the seventh as well. Against Winthrop sophomore posted a RBI single as part of PC’s six-run third inning and recorded two more hits against the Chanticleers to help her to a .600 slugging and .400 on base percentage in the four games.
Ruff collected four hits and three RBI in her four games of the tournament, carrying a .333 on base and .500 slugging percentage. She posted a RBI in the Winthrop win, and had two against Coastal Carolina. Her two RBI over the Chanticleers came off a towering home run to left to give PC a 4-1 lead in the fifth. She also came away with nine putouts and three assists, which included several dramatic run-saving plays, including a diving catch against the Bucs and two great catches against Longwood in the championship game.