Brunswick, Ga. – The College of Coastal Georgia women's softball team recently completed a successful 2017 season that included some new milestones for the program and its players.
The Mariners finished the year with a 35-21 record, giving the team its most wins in a single season competing at the four-year level. The Mariners finished 15-11 in the Southern States Athletic Conference to also record the most conference wins in a season since the program began competing in the NAIA in 2012.
Coastal Georgia finished fourth in the conference during the regular season for its best finish in the league standings and then proceeded to go 2-2 at the SSAC Tournament to also finish fourth in the tournament. With their 3-1 victory over Faulkner in the tournament opener, the Mariners also notched their first-ever win in the double-elimination league tourney in three appearances.
The Mariners, who defeated several ranked teams during the season, also received votes for the national Top 25 poll for the first-ever time.
Also this spring, the Mariners set other team records in addition to winning the most games in a single campaign.
Some of the more noteworthy high marks were for runs scored in a season (220), hits (391), RBIs (192), stolen bases (73), ERA (2.03), strikeouts (249) and shutouts (7).
Several players also established new individual highs which of course contributed to those team numbers.
Also, Husted finished with 11 home runs which is a new high mark for a season and she also drove in 43 runs which is another new season-best mark.
Husted, who led the Mariners with a .380 batting average which ties for the second-best single-season mark by a Coastal Georgia player, led the SSAC with her 11 homers and the 43 RBIs.
In the pitching circle, Paige Alt put up numbers that set new single-season records as she finished with a 19-6 won-loss ledger that gives her the most victories in a single season. She also set records with her 1.55 ERA and 119 strikeouts.
Meantime, the Mariners also saw several players set new career marks. Taylor Lee, formerly Taylor Horne prior to getting married this spring, and Dawn Stewart, will leave after four years as the two most decorated players in program history.
Lee etched her name in the Coastal Georgia record books as the career leader in several major offensive categories including at-bats (523), runs (76), hits (160), total bases (244) and extra-base hits (50). She also ranks second all-time in RBIs (73) and third in home runs (16).
Stewart put her name in the team record books as the career leader in several pitching categories including wins (25), appearances (101), games started (87), complete games (44), shutouts (10), innings pitched (498.1), strikeouts (194) and ERA (3.55).
Also, Husted, who plans to leave the program after two years to concentrate on academics, also established new career marks for the Mariners in just her freshman and sophomore seasons. She is the all-time batting leader (.373 avg.), home runs leader (19) and RBIs leader (75).
The Mariners will begin a new era next season as all of the school's athletic programs will begin competing in the Sun Conference.
You can see Coastal Georgia's updated records using the Records link on the team page. The individual bios for the players have also been updated to reflect this season.