CSU Sophomore Softball Standout Named All-American
COLUMBUS, Ga. — After a historic sophomore season, Columbus State University softball standout Casey Googe was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American third team Wednesday afternoon. Googe was also an honorable mention selection on the Daktronics All-America team.
The Columbus native is the first CSU All-American player in softball since 2007 and is the 12th overall in program history.
Googe has had one of the best offensive seasons in CSU and Peach Belt Conference history in just her sophomore campaign. The Columbus native is currently tied for third in the nation with 22 homeruns breaking the school and conference single-season record. She also ranks 21st nationally with a .790 slugging percentage and is tied for 26th with 55 runs batted in. An extraordinary athlete, Googe has played an even split of 30 games at shortstop and catcher.
While behind the dish, she keeps teams going station-to-station with her arm as she's thrown out 60% of would-be base stealers. Besides leading the team in homers, runs batted in and slugging percentage, Googe also paced the team in runs, hits, batting average and on-base percentage.
The power hitter had three multi-homer games this season including the first of her collegiate career against Glenville State on March 2. During the game, Googe had a grand slam and a solo shot as she collected a career high six RBIs.
During the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, Googe excelled playing on her home turf. The sophomore hit .400 (4-for-10) with two game-winning homeruns. She had six RBIs in the three game stretch and was named to the All-Tournament team.