Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) freshman Emily Stafford received the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Marucci Elite Hitter Award for District F Regions 8 & 10. Stafford, who plays outfielder, led the PHSC women’s softball team with a .455 average.
She went 51 for 112 on the season with nine doubles, two triples and one home run with 21 RBIs. Stafford only struck out nine times in 122 total at bats.
The PHSC softball team finished their season 22-15 after their elimination in the NJCAA D2 Southeast District Tournament in Burlington, N.C. last month.
After winning their first three games to advance to the winner bracket, PHSC lost 4-3 to Florence Darlington Technical College in the final of the district tournament.
The team finished the tournament with a 3-2 record and placed three players on the all-tournament team: Pitcher Clarissa Lynch, Catcher Katie Shoulta and Emily Stafford. For more information about PHSC’s softball and athletics programs, visit www.phsc.edu/athletics.