Lady Raider Softball Gets Boost with Arkansas Transfer

July 25, 2002 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The signing of Courtney Mitchell, a transfer from the University of Arkansas, is a big boost for Middle Tennessee softball and Head Coach Cindy Connelley.

Mitchell, a junior from Mt. Juliet, TN and a product of Ezell Harding Christian, was the starting shortstop for Arkansas in the 2002 season. She broke the record for homeruns in a single season with seven, and became the first Lady Razorback to hit two homeruns in a game against Coastal Carolina on March 11.

Third on the team in batting average with a .282, Mitchell also led the team in doubles with 12. She was also third on the team in RBI with 23 and led the team in runs scored with 26.

"Courtney is a great local talent, and we are glad to have her back home in the middle Tennessee area," Connelley said. "Signing an athlete of this caliber will be a great asset for us in the 2003 season."

Mitchell stepped onto the Lady Razorback infield as a freshman and played in 59 of 66 games. She was one of the team's leaders scoring 18 runs with 40 hits and got the starting nod in the Southeastern Conference Championships when the starting shortstop fell ill.

A five-year letterwinner and starter at Ezell-Harding Christian, Mitchell helped guide the Eagles to three district and three region titles as well as a runner-up finish and three Tennessee state titles. She was a five-time all-district, all-region, and all-state selection and was named the district MVP her sophomore season and was the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association player of the year in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

"After talking with coaches (Cindy) Connelley and Ernie Reynolds I found a program that's moving in a direction that appeals to me" Mitchell said. "I am really excited about coming to Middle Tennessee because I will be closer to my family, and I am proud to be putting on a Lady Raider uniform."

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