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STEM — Taylor Bailey has always been a quiet leader, but heading into her senior year at Averett University in Danville, Virginia, the expectations will be higher for the former Granville Central pitcher.
Bailey helped lead the Cougars in the circle and at the plate to a 31-16 season. She finished her junior season with a 7-5 overall record pitching for the Cougars with two complete games and one save. She worked 58 innings, striking out 35 batters while only allowing 10 walks.
“Taylor was instrumental to our pitching staff’s success this year,” Averett University head coach Natalie Ruechel said. “She was someone we relied on to get us ground ball outs and keep us in games. She was relied on as a starter but also had several relief appearances and finished her junior year with seven wins with a 2.78 ERA.”
At the dish, Bailey drew five walks out of 21 plate appearances. She had seven hits including a double and a triple. She finished the season with four RBIs and a .333 batting average.
Key games this season included an 11-0 win over Brevard, when she posted six strikeouts, and an Eastern Division showdown with rival Salem College. Bailey and the Cougars won 9-6 as she worked seven innings and stuck out three Salem batters.
“Taylor has been a key ingredient to the success of the entire program for the past three years and will be looked upon to lead in the circle as a senior,” Ruechel said.
Bailey worked in 15 games as a sophomore and complied a 5-8 record with 37 strikeouts.
As a freshman she earned USA South Conference Pitcher of the Week and USA South Rookie Pitcher of the Week honors. She worked 143.2 innings and hurled 36 strikeouts.
Bailey is majoring in accounting and management at Averett.