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Former Union Grove star Emily Coltharp, a sophomore at Chattanooga, led the Southern Conference in both batting average (.415) and on-base percentage (.519) through 21 games in 2020.

After a decorated freshman season of college softball, Emily Coltharp was on the way to an even better one when the coronavirus pandemic canceled play.

The former Union Grove star led the Southern Conference in both batting average (.415) and on-base percentage (.519) through 21 games in 2020, and led her Chattanooga team in seven other offensive categories.

Coltharp was the team leader in runs (15), hits (27), stolen bases (11), walks (15), doubles (4), total bases (31) and slugging percentage (.477). She is the first Chattanooga player to lead the league in batting average since 2012.

High expectations were placed on the shortstop this season after a breakout 2019 season that saw her make the All-SoCon first team and win the SoCon Freshman of the Year honor.

She finished third in the conference in batting average (.348) as a freshman, scoring 33 runs and walking 20 times.

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