Auburn High School’s Cortney Cochran has announced her intentions to attend Eastern Mennonite University next year to play softball.
Cochran is the sixth Auburn player in the class of 2019 to announce plans to play in college next spring.
This past year, she broke the Auburn High School home run single season record by hitting nine dingers. She also broke the season RBI record with 42 RBIs and batted .458 last season.
“I chose EMU because I felt at home on campus. Everyone was extremely friendly and I could see myself attending classes there and being in my dorm room as soon as I got there. I also loved the Christian environment,” she said.
Cochran hopes to major in nursing and play third base as well as catcher.
“I believe I will be playing third mostly but occasionally catching at EMU.”
Her goal on the field is to continue to improve as an individual but also benefit the team, both in wins and as a softball family.
“My goal off the field is to obtain my bachelors of science in nursing and then become a travel nurse to experience various cultures while doing what I love,” she said.
Cochran starting softball at the age of five and every day since, she has been on the field working to improve and chasing my dream to play college softball.
Her favorite memory of playing at Auburn is the team becoming closer as well as excelling athletically by breaking numerous school and VHSL records. She is appreciative of the support from her coaches and family.
“Numerous coaches have pushed me to be the best that I can be and helped me get to where I am today in softball.
“My weightlifting instructor has always pushed me to get stronger and has always told me how much potential I have had. And my parents, who have taken me to tournaments, camps, and practices have also played a major role in my athletic career.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. However, I owe the most credit to God for giving me to have these talents and giving me the opportunity to pursue my passion,” Cochran said.
Eastern Mennonite University is a member of the Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) with its campus located in Harrisonburg and a student enrollment of 1,530.
This past spring, EMU fell in the ODAC tournament semifinals. J.D. McCurdy is in his 15th season as head coach at the school.