Lori Sours and Corri Tillett, two seniors on the Mount Vernon Nazarene College women’s fastpitch softball, will play their final games at McCougar Field on Tuesday when the Lady Cougars host Shawnee State University in an American Mideast Conference doubleheader that begins at 3:00 p.m.
Sours, an infielder from Jeromesville, Ohio, is batting .226 this season with four doubles, one triple, nine runs batted in, and 10 runs scored. The former Hillsdale High School standout has started in 32 games and played first, second, and third base for MVNC due to the loss of five starters to season-ending injuries.
For her four-year career, Sours has a .292 batting average and ranks second in school history with 33 doubles. She also ranks third with 652 career putouts. She has driven in 69 career runs while scoring 54 times. She was the 1997 NCCAA District Player of the Year and an NCCAA All-American, while also making the All-Conference First Team. Last season, she was an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection.
Tillett, an infielder from Mantua, Ohio, is batting .202 this year with one double, one triple, five runs scored, and seven RBI. The former Crestwood High School star leads the team with 88 assists while playing shortstop and third base this season. She also leads the team with 10 sacrifice bunts.
For her three-year career, Tillett, who transferred to MVNC, has posted a .225 batting average with 25 RBI and 27 runs scored. She has also developed into one of the best defensive third basemen in the Lady Cougars’ history. In 1997, Tillett was chosen to the NCCAA All-District Team and the All-Conference Second Team.
MVNC has posted a 15-21 overall record this season despite all of the injuries. The Lady Cougars are also 9-9 in the AMC. Sours and Tillett will be missed for the leadership that they have provided on and off the field. They have built the foundation for the success of future teams.