Christine Clark Earns Daktronics All-South Region Honor
A spectacular senior season has earned Florida Southern pitcher Christine Clark a spot on the Daktronics All-South Region Team. It’s one of two all-region teams selected at the end of the season honoring the best players from the Sunshine State Conference, Gulf South Conference, and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, along with related independents.
Clark was a second team selection after going 29-11 with four saves, a 0.89 ERA, and 267 strikeouts with only 18 walks in 283.1 innings. Among her other numbers were 33 complete games (the second most in team history) and 12 shutouts. Opposing batters hit just .196 against her. The senior from Naples led the SSC in wins for the second year in a row, which included three victories in the NCAA South Region Tournament. The 29 wins were tied for eighth in the country going into the national tournament, and she also ranked third in ERA and third in fewest walks per seven innings.
Among her other accomplishments as a senior, Clark placed in the top five in several single-season categories in the Florida Southern record book, and set a new school record with 0.44 walks per seven innings. That shattered the previous mark of 0.63, shared by Lori Moore in 1999, and Teri Morgan in 2003. After walking six batters in her first ten innings of the season, Clark walked only 12 in the final 273.1, and only four in conference play covering 125.2 innings. Her strikeout-to-walk ratio in SSC play was 34-to-1. Additionally, only twice in her final 108 innings did Clark allow more than two base runners of any kind.
She also had eight double-digit strikeout games, all of them in conference games or in the NCAA Tournament. She had a career-high 17 in a 2-0, nine-inning loss to 5th-ranked Tampa in early April, and later had two of the three highest postseason totals in team history with 15 in a 16-inning loss to #1 Valdosta State in the Super Regional, and 14 in a win over West Alabama.
Clark, who was already a 3-time All-SSC selection, finished tied for second in career appearances with 2-time All-American Julianne Coleman, who had 139 from 1996-99. Only 3-time All-American Megan Brown pitched in more games for Florida Southern (163 from 2004-07), and only Brown and Coleman started more games in the circle than Clark, who did so 104 times. Clark also graduates fourth on the school’s all-time list with 75 wins, third with 71 complete games and second with 745.2 innings.
In addition to pitching, Clark graduated as a career .278 hitter, with seven home runs and 60 RBI.