Crusaders News
Softball - Fri, May. 17, 2013

Raven Pope, a 2011 graduate of White County High School, just finished up her sophomore season of softball for Tennessee Temple University.

Pope had another standout season on the diamond for the Crusaders.


The centerfielder was not only named to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Mid-East Region team, but also earned second team NCCAA All-American honors for the second year in a row.

The Crusaders in just their second year of softball competition advanced to the Mid-East Region championship game losing to Union University in the title game.

After falling into the loser's bracket in the tournament with an opening round loss to Ohio Christian, Temple battled their way to the title game. They defeated Covenant 9-0 to keep their season alive. Pope had two hits and two RBI's in that game. They avenged their earlier loss to Ohio Christian in the semifinals with a 5-1 victory earning the spot in the title game. Pope led the way with a pair of hits (a single and a triple) and three RBI's.

Tennessee Temple, after struggling in their first season, bounced back in year two and finished the year 26-19.

Pope batted .474 for the year with an on-base percentage of .500. She had 55 hits, three of which were homeruns, and 35 RBI's.

Coach Randy Crawford commented on Pope, "Raven leads by example for our team. She is always hustling and loves to play the game. In addition to her offensive stats, she has a powerful arm. From centerfield, she threw out six runners at the plate and three at third this season."