BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Heading into the final weekend of competition before making the trip to DeLand, Fla. for the Atlantic Sun Tournament, Campbell will welcome league foe North Florida to the Eakes Complex for a 2 p.m. twinbill on Saturday.
The Ospreys have already made the jump from their hometown of Jacksonville, N.C. to Buies Creek once this season, as these games began April 12, but just four batters into the opening contest, severe weather postponed the decision. When the game resumes, UNF will have the bases loaded with one out in the top of the first.
Since then, the Camels have played a pair of series at home and two on the road, coming out an even 4-4. Last week, sophomore hurler Brittany Stanley tossed just the third perfect game in Campbell history, leading the Camels to a 2-0 win over Gardner-Webb on April 25. Stanley (20-8), a native of West Lafayette, Ind., pitched the first perfect game of her career, with the last unblemished performance by a CU pitcher coming on April 11, 2005, when Lauren Caviness blanked Appalachian State.
The second year Camel also became the third pitcher in Campbell history to reach 20 wins, with Andrea Nardolillo (1993) and Christine Hornak (1994, '95) accomplishing the feat previously. Stanley helped the Camels to a sweep of East Carolina as well, their first in over 10 years. The pitcher also helped her own cause at the plate, hitting .500 (4-8) on the week, with two RBI and a pair of doubles.
Senior outfielder Courtney Quinn did her part as well, helping assure a No. 5 seed in the Atlantic Sun Tournament. Quinn, a Glencoe, Ala. native, hit .500 on the week, while slugging two homers with 4 RBI. The senior also broke the CU single season walks record, drawing six free passes to reach 37 on the year.
The Ospreys come to Buies Creek nearly two weeks removed from any competition on the field, playing their last pair of contests on April 20 against Stetson. The Hatters took game one of that series, 1-0, before UNF gained the 2-1 victory in the second set.
A pair of seniors lead North Florida at the dish, third baseman Heather Hyde and second baseman Gwen Williams. Hyde checks in with a .361 batting average, leading the team, as do her 50 runs scored and 15 doubles. Hyde has also slugged 12 home runs with 38 RBI on the season. Williams, the Atlantic Sun's Preseason Player of the Year selection, has hit .330 through the squad's 61 contests, dropping 13 homers with 49 RBI and 30 runs scored.
One of the top hurlers in the league, sophomore Devyn Findley carries the A-Sun's top ERA, a stiff 1.32, along with a 20-12 record and 221 strikeouts on the year to lead the Ospreys in the circle. While holding opponents to a .184 average at the plate, Findley also manages a .258 average herself, knocking in 24 runs on the season.
Campbell will play Stetson in the opening round of the A-Sun Tournament, with that match up coming on Thursday, May 8.