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Collier Garners All-SoCon Honors, Bishop Named To All-Freshman Team

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Greenville, S.C. – Furman junior Lauren Collier garnered a pair of All-Southern Conference accolades and rookie shortstop Sieara Bishop was named to the SoCon All-Freshman Team in voting by the league's nine head coaches, it was announced on Monday afternoon.

Collier was selected first team All-SoCon as a utility player after appearing in 18 or more games at pitcher, first base and designated player this season, and the right-hander was tabbed second team all-league for her work in the circle.  A native of Maineville, Ohio, Collier fashioned a 13-11 record and 2.01 earned run average in 150 innings of work as a pitcher while batting .279 with three homers and 27 RBI.  She ranked second in the SoCon with 14 doubles and slugged .429 for the Paladins during the regular season.  Her three SoCon Pitcher of the Week awards in 2013 are the most in a single season by a Paladin hurler.

Bishop played in and started 50 games at shortstop as a freshman.  The Hendersonville, N.C., native batted .265 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 19 runs batted in.  She recorded a trio of three-hit games this year and belted a walk-off homer to lift Furman over Elon, 3-2, in the Paladins' final home game of the season.

Furman, 27-25 overall and 10-11 in the SoCon, open play in this week's Southern Conference Softball Championships as the No. 5 seed and will face No. 4 seed UNCG at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the UNCG Softball Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.

Fans can follow live statistics of Furman Softball at this week's SoCon Softball Championships by logging onto or at  Inning-by-inning updates will also be provided through Twitter by following @FurmanSoftball.


2013 All-Southern Conference

First Team

P: Hope Klicker, CofC

P: Sarah Purvis, GSU

C: Lindsay Thomas, UNCG

1B: Chandler Frisbie, CofC

2B: Ashton Jarrett, CofC

SS: Kourtny Thomas, GSU

3B: Kelsey Hodgson, CofC

OF: Allie Cashion, APP

OF: Tomeka Watson, Elon

OF: Carleigh Nester, Elon

DP: Katelyn Bedwell, UNCG

UTL: Lauren Collier, FUR


Second Team

P: Stephanie Saylors, CofC

P: Lauren Collier, FUR

P: Raeanne Hanks, UNCG

C: Sarah Warnock, APP

1B: Eileen Horsmon, UNCG

2B: Sara Poteat, UTC

SS: Heather Robb, UNCG

3B: Sarah Beth Roberts, UTC

OF: Allison Geiner, UNCG

OF: Tatiana Alcala, UNCG

OF: Sam Taylor, UTC

DP: Shelby Morrill, GSU

UTL: Aisha Figueroa, UNCG



Alex Sohl, APP

Shivaun Landeros, APP

Chandler Frisbie, CofC

Becca Mueller, CofC

Sieara Bishop, FUR

Lindsay Thomas, UNCG

Allison Geiner, UNCG

Megan Dowdy, SAM

Sam Taylor, UTC

Anyssa Robles, UTC


Freshman of the Year

Lindsay Thomas, UNCG


Player of the Year 

Allie Cashion, APP


Pitcher of the Year

Sarah Purvis, GSU


Coach of the Year 

Shae Wesley, APP