Both the Florida State Seminoles and the LSU Tigers have advanced to the NCAA Super Softball Regionals with the help of two former East Coweta standouts.
Senior Shemiah Sanchez helped the Tigers keep their season going with victories over Monmouth and Texas Tech, while FSU’s Dani Morgan helped lead her team to wins over Bethune Cookman, University of South Florida and South Carolina.
LSU will now travel to the University of Minnesota for a best-of-three series starting Friday at 5 p.m.
Florida State, the defending NCAA Champions, will host Oklahoma State starting Thursday in its best-of-three series.
LSU played TexasTech three times in the regionals, beating them twice including a 5-1 decision in the final game to push the 10th ranked Tigers to the Super Regionals.
Sanchez remains one of the Tigers top hitters with a .284 average. She also has belted 17 homers with 46 RBIs.
Minnesota comes into the series ranked No. 12 with a 44-12 record.
The Golden Gophers advanced with a win over the University of Georgia.
Florida State advanced to the Super Regionals with a 54-8 record and a No. 4 ranking in the NCAA softball poll.
In the contest against South Carolina, Morgan belted her 11th double of the season and also drove in a run.
In the victory against Bethune Cookman, Morgan was one of five Seminoles who hit home runs.
Morgan comes into the Super Regionals against Oklahoma State as the second lead hitter for the Lady Seminoles.
Morgan is hitting .391with 14 homers.
Florida State plays an Oklahoma State team that knocked off BYU and Tulsa in the regionals.
They enter the Super Regionals with a 42-14 record.
The winners of the Super Regionals advance to the College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Echols honored: Former Northgate standout Ebonee Echols closed out her college softball career with some postseason honors.
Echols has been named Second Team All-Great Lakes Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
The selection of Echols makes it four straight seasons that the Spartans have had at least one All-Region selection, with Echols being the sixth student-athlete honored in that time frame.
She hit .352 as a senior, which was second on the team behind her sister, Charla (.359). Echols started 45 of 46 games, tallying 44 base hits (11 doubles, two triples, an six homers) while boasting a .616 slugging percentage and .455 on-base percentage, which ranked 15th in the Big Ten. She also tallied three sac flies (fourth, B1G) and six stolen bases.
Echols left her mark on the Spartan and Big Ten career record book as well. Echols’ 25 career triples makes her not only MSU’s all-time leader, but also the career record holder in the Big Ten. She twice smacked two triples in a game (vs. Penn State, April 9, 2017 and at Maryland, April 8, 2016), making her MSU’s single-game recordholder as well.
She leaves MSU with top-ten career rankings in runs scored (136, third), RBI (127, fourth), stolen bases (41, seventh), walks (71, ninth), base hits (198, ninth), and batting average (.325, tenth.)
While Ebonee was finishing her college softball season, younger sister Charla was just getting her career started.
Charla finished her freshman season batting .344 with six homers and 25 RBIs for the Spartans.