Columbus State Athletics Top Moments of 2011-12: No. 5
CSUCougars.com is reliving the top 10 moments of the 2011-12 academic year as the summer nears its end. At No. 5 is Casey Googe's march to the Peach Belt Conference single-season homerun record.
Googe Breaks PBC Homerun Record
Columbus – With two-outs and two-on in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship game against three-time defending champion, North Georgia, Casey Googe stepped to the plate. It was the top of the third inning in a scoreless contest between two of the most dominating pitchers in the country. On a 2-2 pitch from 2011 National Pitcher of the Year Jessica Coan, Googe launched a homerun to dead centerfield to give the Lady Cougars a 3-0 lead that they would never relinquish.
The three-run blast helped Googe surpass the all-time single-season PBC homerun mark of 20 set by Cambria McKay of Kennesaw State and Stacey Berrong of USC Spartanburg (now USC Upstate).
She finished the season with 22 round-trippers after hitting a solo shot against Augusta State in the NCAA Tournament to end the season one shy of the national leaders.
Googe was a main cog that led a resurgent Lady Cougar club to a 40-20 record which won 13 of their final 16 games of the season and was one out away from playing in the NCAA Southeast Dahlonega Regional Championship game.
The catcher/shortstop ended the season with a .360 average and
led the PBC with 55 runs batted in. She had a school record
slugging percentage of .790 and 67 hits.
The sophomore became the 12th All-American in program history after being tabbed on the National Fastipitch Coaches Association All-America third team. She was also an honorable mention selection on the Daktronics All-America team.
The homerun didn’t just put Casey Googe in the record books and on the national scene, it lifted Columbus State back into national prominence.
Casey Googe's 2012 Homeruns
|1||02/11/12||Augusta State||Emily Headrick|
|5||03/02/12||Glenville State||Jessica Fedor|
|6||03/02/12||Glenville State||Brittany May|
|7||03/03/12||Young Harris||Victoria Sink|
|8||03/03/12||Lincoln Memorial||Amanda Snow|
|11||03/16/12||Augusta State||Emily Headrick|
|12||03/18/12||USC Aiken||Samantha Lemm|
|13||03/21/12||Young Harris||Katie-Jo Gentry|
|14||03/21/12||Young Harris||Katie-Jo Gentry|
|16||04/11/12||West Georgia||Antoinette Diaz|
|17||04/11/12||West Georgia||Holly Barnlund|
|18||04/11/12||West Georgia||Shea McInerny|
|19||04/17/12||Georgia College||Haley Burnett|
|21||04/22/12||North Georgia||Jessica Coan|
|22||05/04/12||Augusta State||Heather Hughes|