Forest, Va. (May 19, 2015) — Virginia Wesleyan College’s tradition of success in softball is complemented by a tradition in prestigious post-season awards.
Senior Kristina Karagiorgis (Ashburn/Briar Woods), junior Courtney Bogan (Round Hill/Woodgrove), and head coach Brandon Elliott have helped to extend both traditions, earning several of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s (ODAC) top awards as part of a Marlin team that is currently 29-6. Karagiorgis has been named the league’s Pitcher of the Year, Bogan has been named the Player of the Year, and Elliott has been honored as the Coach of the Year. Karagiorgis and Bogan top a list of nine Marlins to receive All-ODAC honors. Karagiorgis and Bogan also earned All-ODAC first team honors.
Karagiorgis ranks No. 7 nationally with 10.0 strikeouts per seven innings. She leads the ODAC with 156 strikeouts. She fanned a season-high 13 batters in a 3-0 win over Arcadia University and knocked off 10 or more in seven games this season. She also pitched three no-hitters, three one-hitters, and limited seven foes to just two hits.
Bogan, an outfielder, is the fourth VWC player to receive the Player of the Year honor, following in the footsteps of three-time honoree Tori Higginbotham, who won it from 2012 through 2014. Bogan leads the Marlins with a standout .505 batting average, which is also ahead of VWC’s existing record. She has recorded at least one hit in 30 games so far this season. In addition to her ability to get on base, she’s a constant threat to take one or two more, and has recorded 46 steals in 47 attempts. Bogan leads the nation with an average of 1.31 steals per game.
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