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Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Alumni Named to South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame

The South Atlantic Conference will induct four members into the 2024 Hall of Fame Class, the League announced today. Receiving honors will be Wingate alum Sean Barnette, Lenoir-Rhyne alumna Kat Rivers Roberts, and Catawba alum David Thomas. The SAC will also honor the recipient of the Conference’s Distinguished Alumni Award, which will be awarded to Newberry alumna Dr. Peggy Barnes Winder.

“We are extremely honored to induct these four individuals into the SAC Hall of Fame,” said SAC Commissioner Patrick Britz. “These men and women have embodied what it means to be a SAC student-athlete in both academic and athletic excellence during their time at their various institutions, as well as success after graduating. We look forward to celebrating their numerous accomplishments on May 20.”

Roberts, a 2011 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne, is considered one of the best players in Lenoir-Rhyne softball history. A four-time All-SAC performer, a three-time All-Region selection, a First Team All-American, the 2010 SAC Player of the Year and the 2011 SAC Tournament MVP, Roberts led the Bears to an impressive 178-46 record during her four-year career, including back-to-back NCAA Super Regional Appearances in 2010 and 2011. Additionally, she was a part of three SAC regular season championships and two SAC Tournament titles in her four years.

In 2010, she led the Bears to the best season in program history with a 53-9 mark and a 15-1 record in SAC play. Her 90 hits that season are the most in a single season in program history and third in SAC history, and her 23 HR and 179 total bases are the most in Lenoir-Rhyne and SAC history. She ranks in the top 10 in SAC history in hits, doubles, triples, and total bases for her career. Roberts ranks second in program history in career batting average, fourth in hits, home runs, RBIs, and doubles, and first in triples and total bases. She also owns the Lenoir-Rhyne record for most all-time hits, RBIs, and home runs in NCAA Tournament games. Her name appears 51 times in the Lenoir-Rhyne record book and 14 in the SAC record book.

Upon graduating from Lenoir-Rhyne, Roberts spent four years as a Concord Police Officer before moving over to Parks and Recreation in Habersham County and Banks County in Georgia. Currently, Roberts is the Parks and Recreation Director of Banks County.

The 2024 South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame Banquet will take place as a part of the Conference’s Spring Meetings in Greenville, S.C. on May 20.