March 8, 2005
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SOUTHWEST’S BRICH ACHIEVES IN CLASSROOM, ON FIELD
Written by Bobby King
Nearly 90 percent of students at Southwest Tennessee Community College
(Southwest) who received lottery scholarships last fall are on track to
keep them. Erica Brich, a graduate of Collierville High School, is one
of the 238 freshmen who were the first group of Southwest students to
receive the aid.
Like all Southwest students who got lottery-funded financial aid, Brich
received one-on-one counseling, which included instruction on how to
maintain her scholarship. The counseling session is part of Southwest’s
effort to ensure that all students are aware of the academic
requirements for maintaining the financial aid.
In addition to carrying a 3.8 GPA during the fall semester, Brich is
also a member of the Southwest Lady Saluqis softball team. While she was
acing all of her classes, Brich was also an ace pitcher, leading the
Lady Saluqis with four wins, seven complete games, 35 strikeouts, and
holding opponents to a .266 batting average.
Brich started playing softball at a young age thanks to her father,
Cameron Wayne Brich, who passed away in 2003. “My dad got me involved
when I was about eight years old,” Brich said about softball, which has
always been her first love despite brief dalliances with soccer and
cross country. “I played soccer to stay in shape for softball,” she
Brich played her senior season at Collierville High School, where she
compiled a 15-4 pitching record with an earned run average of just 0.34.
She was also one of the team’s top hitters with a .350 average, making
the All-District 15AAA team, the Commercial Appeal’s Best of the Preps
All-Metro Team, and receiving Collierville’s “Coach’s Award.”
Brich doesn’t just excel at softball; she is a former national champion.
Brich played for the Tennessee Explosion team that won the 2000 Amateur
Softball Association national championship and the 2001 state
championship. “It was an 18 and under team,” said Brich. “The girls were
all older than me. It was a great learning experience.”
Brich plans to continue learning after she finishes at Southwest. She
hopes to attend Kansas University (KU), with the goal of continuing her
softball career and studying to become a high school chemistry teacher.
“I’ve always been good at science, and KU has a really good softball
team,” Brich pointed out. “My parents are from Kansas, and they were
always big KU fans.”