GREENVILLE, N.C. (ECU) – Chandley Garner, an infielder who played for NC State the first two seasons of her collegiate career, has completed a grant-in-aid agreement to attend East Carolina University and compete for the softball program according to an announcement by fifth-year head coach Courtney Oliver Monday.
Garner started 21 games and played in 41 as a sophomore in 2019, posting multi-hit performances in contests at Boston College, UNCG and Notre Dame. She also hit a triple and drove in two runs against the powerhouse Irish in South Bend.
During a solid freshman campaign, Garner started 52 of 54 games - the most among the freshman class - including 46 at second base. She led the team with 10 multi-hit and eight multi-RBI games and hit a grand slam in her first career game, helping the Wolfpack to a 12-2 run-rule win over Georgetown. Garner also led the team with 11 home runs, 31 RBI and a .560 slugging percentage while finishing fourth on the squad with a .276 batting average and 37 hits.
A prep standout, Garner was ranked No. 50 nationally by FloSoftball among 2017 recruits and the second-best prospect from the state of North Carolina. She was a four-year varsity starter at North Stokes High School and was named the Northwest Player of the Year in 2016 after batting .538 with an on-base percentage of .600 and 11 home runs. Garner secured all-conference and all-tournament honors in each of her four seasons and led the Vikings to the state championship as a freshman in 2014.