Softball Inks Five for 2015
Presbyterian College and head softball coach Kama Tucker announced the signing of pitcher Sarah Morgan Davis (Burlington, N.C.), utility player Jenna Harris (Clayton, N.C.), catcher Rachel Kuhlman (Bellingham, Mass.), second baseman Haley Lawton (Abbeville, S.C.) and pitcher Tiaria Norman (Greenwood, S.C.) to play for the Blue Hose in 2015.
“We like recruiting good students, good people, and good athletes,” said Coach Tucker. “Student-athletes that can play multiple positions, and have played multiple sports, excel at PC. We wanted pitching, catching, and athleticism. We wanted young women who know how to win in the classroom and on the ball field, and we wanted young women who hate to lose.”
Sarah Morgan Davis - R/R - P - 5-6 - Burlington, N.C./Walter Williams
Personal: Born in Burlington, N.C., Nov. 20, 1995 ... Parents are Ron and Dotti Davis ... Plans to major in Psychology ...
High School: Davis was a four year varsity softball pitcher as well as volleyball setter and basketball shooting guard ...Her basketball team was 2011 state runner up and her volleyball team was 2012 conference champions ... She earned four letters in each sport ... She was a four-year softball and volleyball All-Conference selection, and a softball 2013 All-Tournament honoree ... Carried a .533 batting average 1.2 ERA and 3 HRs in 2012 ... She also recorded two no-hitters and one perfect game ... Davis is a member of the National Art Honors Society, the Latin Honors Society and the Mu Alpha Theta- Math honors Society ... She chose PC because of the great campus and academics ...
Coach Tucker on Sarah Morgan Davis: "I have known Sarah Morgan since she was in the seventh grade. She is feisty and not afraid of challenges and knows how to compete. The character traits she has cannot be coached. She is a good student who pushes herself in the classroom to be her best. When she is on the field she takes her feistiness to a different level. Sarah Morgan makes those around her better, and she hates to lose."
"She can hit, she can run, and she can pitch. We are looking forward to her being on the mound for us, because her will to win is something special. She played with the Lady Blues from NC for a long time and last summer guest played with the Carolina Cardinals in their route to winning the 18U ASA National Championship. I look forward to having Sarah Morgan here at PC this fall."
Sarah Morgan Davis on coming to PC: "I chose PC because it has a really beautiful campus and is known for its academics. I think I will be pushed to be the best all around student and athlete I can be while playing at PC. I know Coach Tucker cares about her players and challenges them to be their best. I cannot wait to be at PC in the Fall."
Jenna Harris - R/R - UT - 5-6 - Clayton, N.C./Clayton
Personal: Born in Lawton, Ok., April 17, 1996 ... Daughter of Brian and Donna Harris ... Intends to major in Mathematics ...
High School: A four-year varsity softball player, her team advanced to the 2011 4A Final Four ... She also played four years of basketball and three years of volleyball, earning varsity letters every year ... She was a softball All-District and All-Conference selection for three seasons and carries a .420 career batting average, as well as a .970 career fielding percentage ... Harris was named to the All-Conference teams in Basketball and Volleyball twice and earned the Basketball Coaches award in 2012 and the Hustle Award in 2013 ... Harris was named volleyball Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 ... Harris played club for the Triangle Lightning, which earned fourth-place in 2013 and fifth place in 2012 at the ASA Eastern Nationals ... She earned the 18U Offensive award in 2013 and the 18U Defensive award in 2012 ... A member of the student government and National Honor Society, Harris earned Raleigh Sports Club Student Athlete of the Week in 2013, as well as the Tom Suiter WRAL Extra Effort award ... She chose PC because of its excellent academic reputation and the opportunity to play high level softball with a great group of girls and coaches ...
Coach Tucker on Jenna Harris: "Jenna Harris comes from a high school in NC with a strong tradition of winning, and a great travel ball program in Triangle Lightning under Tim Moose. Jenna can play infield or outfield, and is really starting to hit for power."
"She is an athletic young lady who makes her team better with all she brings to practice and games every day, she knows how to work hard. I look forward to having Jenna here soon, and know her drive will carry her far in her time here at PC.”
Jenna Harris on coming to PC: "I chose Presbyterian College because of its excellent academic reputation and the opportunity to play a high level of softball with a great group of girls and under a terrific coaching staff!"
Rachel Kuhlman - R/R - C - 5-4 - Bellingham, Mass./Bellingham
Personal: Born in Milford, Mass., May 18, 1995 ... Daughter of Chip and Jennifer Kuhlman ... Intends to major in Psyhology ...
High School: Her high school softball game was 64-10 the last three seasons ... Team earned two Small School TVL titles ... Played field hockey as a senior ... A member of the TVL All-Star First Team for three years and was on the Massachusetts All-Star Super Team her sophomore season ... Kuhlman posted a .550 career batting average with 18 home runs ... A National Honor Society member she volunteers teaching softball at the local VFW ... She chose PC because she loves the atmosphere, the small campus and great academics ...
Coach Tucker on Rachel Kuhlman: "Rachel is a leader. She does the right things on and off the field, and she has played with great travel ball organizations. She has caught very successful pitchers, and knows how to communicate and push pitchers to be their best. Kuhlman is a skilled catcher with a very good bat. I have watched her over the last couple of years, and she keeps getting better."
"She is a tireless worker, an enthusiastic young woman, and the type of athlete that trains and plays every day with passion. I like the way she controls the field, and her presence both behind the plate and at the plate as a hitter. I am expecting her to make a difference on our team with her character and her athleticism. I can’t wait to have Rachel here at PC!"
Rachel Kuhlman on coming to PC: "The reason I chose Presbyterian College as my school and future home is because it was a perfect fit for me. I adored the small campus and the sense that the community is a family. As a visitor on campus I felt welcomed, where as other schools that I had visited made me feel like another person in a flock of people. In addition to its warm atmosphere, Presbyterian offers excellent and challenging academics with small class sizes which will give me plenty of knowledge and opportunities for after school. I especially liked the small campus of Presbyterian, with its chapel, brick buildings, pond, trees and friendly people. I always knew that I wanted to be in the Carolinas, but when I found Presbyterian, I found my home."
Haley Lawton - R/R - 2B - 5-8 - Abbeville, S.C./Greenwood
Personal: Parents are John and Linda Lawton ... Born in Greenwood, March 29, 1996 ... Plans to major in Chemistry ... Sister Courtney is a member of the PC softball team ...
High School: Her high school team earned two region championships with her as catcher ... She is a two-time All-State team member, as well a three-time All-Region member ... Lawton was named Team Defensive MVP as a sophomore, as well as the Team Golden Eagle ... A freshman Scholar-Athlete, Lawton held a career batting average of .371 with three home runs ... She carried a .426 BA as a junior, a .391 as a sophomore and a .376 as a freshman ... A Beta Club National Honor Society, she chose PC because its a small school and because of its academic programs ...
Coach Tucker on Haley Lawton: "We have been watching Haley since we have been here. She plays for Tony Genovese and the SC Elite, which is an excellent program and where Haley knows what takes to win. She joins former SC Elite players in her sister Courtney Lawton, Jordan Ashley, and Sydney Seigler. Haley catches for HS and plays 2B for travel ball. She is an excellent student and has the skills to be successful here on and off the field."
"We like her athleticism and we know she will be able to train at multiple positions. When you find a great young woman that comes from a family that 'gets it', it's very exciting. After recruiting a younger sister in last year's class in Ashlyn Durham, Haley makes the second younger sister to join the PC Softball family since I have been at PC. The Lawton family and now both of their daughters are a great asset to PC Softball and I couldn't be happier to have Haley on campus next fall as her older sister enters her senior season!"
Haley Lawton on coming to PC: "I chose PC because it’s a small college with a friendly campus and has small classes with excellent academics. I also chose it because I like the softball team and the coaching staff, and also because my sister is on the team."
Tiaria Norman - R/R - P - 5-7 - Greenwood, S.C./Emerald
Personal: Born March 17, 1996 ... Daughter of Brad and Lisa Norman ... Intends to Early Childhood Education ...
High School: Played softball and volleyball in high school ... Her softball team finished second in Region 2A and the District in 2012 ... Was named Defensive MVP in 2011 and 2012 ... Earned 2AA All-Region honors in 2010, and 2011, as well All-State honors in 2012 ... Was an All-Region Player in 2012 and was named Varsity Softball Offensive MVP the next season ... Norman was honored with the Varsity Softball Academic Award as well ... Clubbed with the Carolina Rage Ward ... Is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Student Government ... She chose PC because of the strong academics and the great coaching staff ... Has batted over .400 all three seasons, collecting a total of 81 hits and 32 RBI ...
Coach Tucker on Tiaria Norman: "Tiaria was seen by our staff at a camp. She stood out. Our staff works hard to recruit and find top SC talent, and she fits that bill. I know she has the work ethic to do well here in the classroom and on the field."
"She is a strong young lady who we expect to pitch and hit for power for us. We are looking forward to having her here on campus and seeing her work hard to help us move our program forward. She has great tools and I'm looking forward to seeing her continue to grow and improve once she gets to PC!"
Tiaria Norman on coming to PC: "There are a lot of reasons why I chose to come to Presbyterian College. I visited a lot of different colleges, but PC was my favorite and I really loved it. I liked how the campus and class sizes are smaller than most colleges. Overall, I just really liked the school and the strength of the academic programs."
"One major reason why I chose PC is the softball program. I have always wanted to play softball at the Division I collegiate level. I really like the coaching staff and the players. I also already know a few of the players on the team, so that was a plus."