FLORENCE — Two years removed from a championship, the UNA softball team is back in the national spotlight — and Lynn’s Reagan Tittle is a big reason why.Tittle a senior shortstop, has started …
FLORENCE — Two years removed from a championship, the UNA softball team is back in the national spotlight — and Lynn’s Reagan Tittle is a big reason why.
Tittle a senior shortstop, has started every game since her freshman season — 209 and counting — for the Lady Lions. Tittle has been a leader at UNA since setting foot on campus, compiling a .320 career average with 28 career home runs and numerous accolades, including being named an honorable mention All-American as a sophomore.
With only six regular-season games left on the 2018 schedule, Tittle realizes her stellar collegiate career is winding down.
“I’ve played the game for 17 years,” Tittle said. “I was sitting down thinking about it, and this is it for me. There are only a few weeks left in regular-season play. It’s starting to hit me a little bit. I’m just going to try to enjoy as much as I can. I’ve been absolutely blessed. Coming in as a freshman and getting to play, winning a national championship as a sophomore — it’s more than I could imagine.”
A 2014 Lynn High School graduate, Tittle was a star player for coach Philip Smith and the Lady Bears, hitting over .500 three times in her high school career.
As a senior, she led Lynn to a runner-up finish at the state tournament in Montgomery. That season she also made the AHSAA record books in average (.551), hits (97), runs (80), home runs (14), RBIs (78) and fewest strikeouts (4).
At UNA, she is only an hour and a half away from Lynn.
“I’ve taken some (teammates) back home to Lynn," Tittle said. “They enjoy it. Most of them don’t get to see small towns like that. They don’t believe how small it is. They are amazed.”
Though she played at a 1A school, Tittle has always held her own at the college level.
This season, she is hitting .318 with seven home runs, six doubles, 31 runs and 26 RBIs for No. 8 UNA (34-4).
After putting together a 60-win season on their way to the 2016 national championship, the Lady Lions saw their win total dip to 32 last season.
UNA is back on track this season. The team put together a school-record 21-game winning streak earlier this season, propelling the Lady Lions back into the top 10.
The team is also locked in as the No. 1 seed in the Gulf South Conference with a 21-2 record, four games ahead second-place Valdosta State. They are currently on an 11-game winning streak after losing back-to-back games to Mississippi College last month.
Tittle has liked what she’s seen from this year’s squad.
“This team has a lot of chemistry. That says a lot,” Tittle said. “We all love each other and get a long so well.
“I feel we could do something special this year. The perfect ending is always to win that last game. Our saying this year is ‘Leave our mark.’ (UNA) is going to Division I next year. We are going to make the last season in Division II a season to remember. I think we have the potential to make a run for it.”