Pair of Northeast Mississippi Lady Tiger standouts sign with Delta State

By NEMCC Media Relations

BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College’s softball program went perfect during the 2012-13 season as the Lady Tigers saw all three of their sophomores sign with four-year colleges and universities.

New York native Erin Dixson of Amherst, New York signed with Eckerd College from St. Petersburg, Florida in May and both Andrea Cutts of Ackerman and Ellen Tarrant of New Albany made it a perfect 3-for-3 as the duo agreed to become Lady Statesmen at Delta State University in Cleveland.

Cutts was recently named a National Junior Colleges Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American when the national organization released its list of 39 honorees for Division II earlier in the month.

Cutts, a utility player, appeared in all 39 games for the Lady Tigers during the 2012-13 season and collected 53 hits with eight doubles, five triples and three homeruns in 128 at bats and 140 plate appearances on the season.

Northeast’s starting centerfielder scored 38 runs for the Lady Tigers while driving in 17 and only struck out seven times all season. Cutts was also a threat on the bases for the Lady Tigers and swiped a team-high 18 bases on the year.

Cutts led the Lady Tiger team with a .414 batting average and had a .453 on base percentage to go along with a .625 slugging percentage.

In addition to her team-leading .414 batting average, Cutts led the team in runs scored (38), hits (53), triples (5), stolen bases (18) and total bases (80).The Ackerman native’s 128 at bats were second on the squad as were her on base percentage (.453) and slugging percentage (.625). Cutts recorded 118 putouts on the year and finished with a .949 fielding percentage for Jody Long’s Lady Tigers.

Tarrant helped solidify the Lady Tiger infield during the 2012-13 season and was named to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division teams.

Tarrant collected 30 hits in 109 at bats while appearing in all 39 games for the Lady Tigers. The New Albany native had 10 doubles and three homeruns while scoring 25 runs and driving in 16 more. Tarrant walked nine times on the year and also stole six bases.

During her sophomore year, Tarrant had a .275 batting average with a .362 on base percentage and a .450 slugging percentage. Tarrant was hit by a pitch seven times and collected 13 extra base hits.

Tarrant finished the year with a .953 fielding percentage while committing just six miscues on the year in 129 chances and was apart of three double plays for the Lady Tigers.

Tarrant was second on the team in the hit by pitches category as well as doubles while her three home runs were third on the Lady Tiger team. Tarrant’s 109 at bats, runs scored (25) and six stolen bases were all fourth on the 2012-13 squad.

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