Three Athletes to be Inducted into CSU Hall of FameOctober 14, 2009
By CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern Director of Athletics Hank Small has announced the 2009 Hall of Fame class, to be inducted at a banquet on November 20. The class of 2009 includes women’s soccer player Betsy Lapp-Blackwell, baseball player R.J. Swindle and men’s tennis player Sandeep Yenireddy.
Lapp, who graduated in 2002, still ranks in the top-10 in school history in just about every statistical category. She is second all-time with 31 goals and is third in the history books with 67 total points. She started in 65 games over her career and was the Big South Rookie of the Year in 1998. A four-time All-Big South selection, she was the CSU Female Athlete of the Year. Twice she was named to the Big South’s all-tournament team and led the league in goals in 2001.
Swindle played three seasons at CSU before being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 MLB draft. After bouncing around in the minors for a few years, he became the first CSU player to compete in an MLB game when he pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies on July 7, 2008. During his time at CSU, Swindle held a 3.50 ERA over 64 games. He started 51 times and pitched 10 complete games. He is tied for the school record with 18 starts in a season and holds the school marks for innings pitched (126.1) and wins in a season (10). He won a school-record 24 games during his career and averaged 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 2002, the best in CSU history.
A 2001 graduate, Yenireddy was a member of four-consecutive Big South Conference Championship teams that went to three NCAA Tournaments. He was the 1998 Big South Rookie of the Year and was selected to the All-Big South team four times. He was the team MVP and the CSU Male Athlete of the Year in 2001. With his work in the classroom, he was named to the Dean’s List in 2000 and was named to the Big South’s all-academic team in 2001. As a junior player, Yenireddy reached the number two ranking in India and was as high as 171 in the ITF world junior rankings.
All three inductees will be honored at the 2009 Hall of Fame Banquet held Friday night, November 20 at 6 p.m., on the CSU campus.