Quirke named CCC Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year
ASHLAND — The list of available accolades Lauren Quirke has yet to receive continues to dwindle. With one week left in her esteemed career with the Southern Oregon University softball team, the Raider senior has been named the Cascade Conference Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Quirke is the first student-athlete representing an SOU women’s team to earn the honor in its 14 years of existence.
It’ll fit snugly on a résumé that already distinguishes her as an NAIA All-American, a CoSIDA Academic All-American, a Cascade Conference Player of the Year and an NAIA World Series MVP.
Quirke graduated last year with a degree in communications. She’s currently enrolled in SOU’s Management of Human Resources program, in which she carries a 4.0 GPA.
On the field, she’s batting .486 with 10 home runs, 31 total extra-base hits and 62 RBIs, and pitching with a 1.73 ERA and a 14-2 record.
While dominating the CCC leaderboards, she’ll also have a strong case to be voted the NAIA Player of the Year. Among all players in the country, she ranks third in total bases (143), fifth in RBIs and sixth in batting average.
Quirke, a third baseman, is the only top-10 player in any of those categories who also splits time as a pitcher, much less one with ace-like numbers. In 211 2/3 career innings pitched for the Raiders, she’s posted a 2.38 ERA.
Her career batting average stands at .468. She could go hitless in her next 18 at-bats and still break the CCC’s all-time record (.450).
Quirke and the Raiders open their stay at the NAIA World Series, where they’ll attempt to defend their 2019 title, at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday. As the No. 1 overall seed, and with a 49-5 record, they’ll take on the winner of Thursday’s game between No. 8 seed Milligan (Tenn.) and No. 9 seed Bethany (Kan.).