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Howard a C-N All-American; third in U.S. in stolen bases


Carson-Newman College’s softball team enjoyed one of the best seasons in school history, and one Lady Eagles All-American was a big reason why.

Sophomore shortstop Jessie Howard, a 2006 Farragut High School graduate and former Lady Admiral standout, was named First Team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

She batted .451, finishing the 2008 season with 87 hits and a .529 on-base percentage in 57 games.

Already considered one of the toughest outs in the nation, Howard made even more of an impact when she reached base.

Her 54 stolen bases in 57 attempts ranked third nationally and set the South Atlantic Conference record for steals in a single season, breaking former Lady Eagle Carol Zachary’s mark of 48 set in 1990.

Howard also led C-N in runs scored with 64.

Her efforts helped Carson-Newman turn in a 49-8 season, setting a school-record for wins while earning the highest national ranking, fourth, in South Atlantic Conference history.

Carson-Newman also used Howard’s efforts to win the SAC regular season and tournament titles.

 

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