CONWAY, S.C. - Coastal Carolina softball pitcher Morgan Tolleson (Houston, Texas-Tomball) and second baseman Sara Thompson (Vancouver, Washington-Columbia River) were named to the Verizon Academic All-District Second Team for softball.
Tolleson was the Big South Conference's Softball Scholar Athlete of the Year, as well as a 2003 First Team All-Big South selection as the designated player and a member of the All-Academic Team. The senior finished the season third on the team with a .292 batting average, including .333 in Big South play, with 15 RBIs and 15 runs scored. She also had her first career home run, high school or college, to spark Coastal to a late-season win over #15 South Carolina, just the programs second win over the Gamecocks. She also made her impact in the circle, recording an 8-4 record with a 2.21 ERA, including earning BSC Pitcher of the Week honors after a two-hit shutout of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Thompson battled through injuries to be the regular second baseman for 50 games this season, hitting .171 with 10 RBIs. The seniors impact was still felt at the plate, as she has 28 walks to help her to a .338 on-base percentage and set new school records for single-season and career sacrifice hits with 28 and 56, respectively. A two-time All-Big South performer, Thompson helped the Lady Chants to two Big South Conference Tournament titles and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament during her career.
The Lady Chants wrapped up the 2003 campaign with a 36-17 record and the Big South's regular season title.