Congratulations, April Jowers, Pirates' all-time hit leader

With—what else—a bunt single in the top of the first inning at UNC Pembroke on Sunday, March 25, Armstrong softball senior April Jowers became the all-time hit leader in Pirate history.

The Peach Belt Conference's Player of the Year as a junior in 2011, April is putting together an even better year in her final season with the Pirates. In addition to becoming the all-time hits leader at Armstrong, passing Armstrong Hall of Famer Tesh Wiewel's 229 hits (1998-2001), Jowers is leading the Peach Belt and NCAA Division II in batting average by a wide margin. Her current .595 batting average is nearly 85 points better than any other player in the country, and is on pace to be one of the top five batting averages in a single season in DII history.

Joining the Pirates as a sophomore after playing her freshman season for hometown Columbus State, Jowers has also become only the second player in Peach Belt history to record 300-plus career hits, moving into the Top 20 all-time players in NCAA DII history.

The speed and quickness of this physical education major is immediately evident as you watch her bat, and once she gets on base, she is a terror to opposing pitchers, stealing more than 100 bases in her career. In Jowers' four years at the college level, her .466 career batting average ranks among the all-time leaders in Division II softball history.

Jowers and the Pirates are currently ranked No. 10 in the nation in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, and are striving towards making the NCAA Championships for the 10th time in the last 12 seasons.