Tornado Softball 2019 SEASON PREVIEW

2018 was a season of firsts for the King University softball team, and the Tornado want to turn those firsts into standards going forward under first-year head coach Jake Cockerham. King won their first NCAA Division II Softball Championship contest in program history a season ago and had their first-ever first team all-region player. Cockerham returns nearly the whole team from a season ago as the Tornado aim for the Conference Carolinas title and another NCAA Regional appearance in 2019.

2018 season highlights

  • Conference Carolinas Softball Champion title
  • First NCAA Tournament win, finishing 2-2 as regional runner-up
  • Two NFCA All-Region performers (Hannah Riddle and Jenna Burnett)
  • Conference Carolinas Player of the Year

Top returning hitters

kay brokering

5-9 | Sr. | 1st Base | Shelbyville, Ind.

  • Selected first team All-Conference Carolinas.
  • Led Conference Carolinas in RBI (50), walks (27), hit by pitch (21) and on base percentage (.490).
  • Ranked 10th in NCAA Division II in hit by pitch.

Jenna Burnett

5-9 | Sr. | Infield | Antioch, Tenn.

  • Second team All-Southeast Region by the NFCA and D2CCA.
  • Selected first team All-Conference Carolinas.
  • Ranked second in Conference Carolinas with 42 runs batted in.
  • Third in the league with 59 hits and 13th with 10 doubles.

Katelyn Davidson

5-9 | Sr. | Catcher/1st Base | Morristown, Tenn.

  • Ranked seventh in Conference Carolinas with four home runs.
  • Eighth in the league with 33 runs and 72 total bases.
  • Ripped 11 doubles, ranking her ninth in the conference.

Katie McCann

5-3 | Sr. | Outfield | Mount Carmel, Tenn.

  • First career at bat was an inside-the-park home run in a win over #20 Carson-Newman on February 20.
  • Ranked 11th in Conference Carolinas with two triples.
  • Second on the team with seven stolen bases.
  • Had 10 multiple hit games, including a 4-for-5 performance with another home run against Mars Hill on April 22.

Kaycee Casteel

5-4 | Sr. | Outfield | Bristol, Va.

  • Had seven multi-hit games.
  • Posted a six-game hitting streak.
  • Ranked eighth in Conference Carolinas with eight sacrifice bunts.
  • Academic All-Conference Carolinas.

Top returning pitchers

Leslie Odom

5-9 | Sr. | Morristown, Tenn.

  • Conference Carolinas Softball Championship Most Valuable Player.
  • Led Conference Carolinas with 28 starts.
  • Second in the league with 21 complete games.
  • Her 18 wins ranked third in the league.
  • Ranked 37th in NCAA Division II and fourth in Conference Carolinas with six shutouts.

Emma Hughes

5-4 | Jr. | Rogersville, Tenn.

  • Ranked second in Conference Carolinas and 65th in NCAA Division II in walks allowed per seven innings at 1.34.
  • Third in the league and 88th in the country with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.11.

Rachel Farmer

5-5 | Sr. | Corryton, Tenn.

  • Ranked fourth in NCAA Division II and led Conference Carolinas with seven saves.
  • Strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.40 ranked 74th in the country and second in the league.
  • Was 25th in the nation and led Conference Carolinas, averaging 1.04 walks per seven innings.

By the numbers

1 - 1st NCAA Division II Softball Championship victory

2 - All-Region performers

2 - 2nd NCAA Division II Softball Championship appearance

4 - All-Conference Carolinas performers

33 - home runs led Conference Carolinas

74 - doubles ranked second in Conference Carolinas

250 - runs batted in ranked second in Conference Carolinas

450 - hits led Conference Carolinas

new faces

Sydney Bailey, Hattie Campbell, Casey Gilbert
Camryn Haag, Haley Mullins, Lexi Stafford

head coach

Jake Cockerham

Cockerham enters his first season leading the Tornado softball program following four seasons as the assistant coach. King is coming off of their second NCAA Division II Softball Championship appearance and first Conference Carolinas Softball Championship title. He helped Hannah Riddle and Jenna Burnett earn NFCA All-Region honors.

2019 schedule highlights

Season/Home Opener | February 19 vs. Queens University - 1:00 p.m.

Conference Carolinas Opener | March 16 vs. Southern Wesleyan University - 2:00 p.m.

Conference Carolinas Softball Championship | April 26-28; Burlington, N.C.

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