by Benny Benton
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Barton College freshman Sierra Hearp has been named to the 2017 Conference Carolinas Softball All-Conference Team, the league announced Thursday evening.
Hearp was a First Team selection in the utility spot. She produced a team-high 26 RBI at the plate in her first collegiate season while playing multiple infield positions, and also posted a 7-4 pitching record while working 70 2/3 innings on the mound.
The Roanoke Rapids, N.C., resident got her collegiate career off to the best start possible, tossing a no-hitter against Saint Augustine's University and hitting a home run in her first at-bat of the season.
Hearp hit .339 overall for the season and had a team-high .454 on-base percentage, the seventh-best average in the league.
In conference play, she batted .368 with a team-high 15 RBI. She made just three errors in 22 league games while playing games at third base, shortstop, first base and pitcher.
Hearp is the first freshman to earn all-conference honors for Barton since Kelsey Barnes and Kendall Street both did in 2009.