Softball's 2011 Season-In-Review
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Campbell's softball team (32-28, 11-9 Atlantic Sun) had another noteworthy season in 2011. The season was highlighted by Campbell making the Atlantic Sun Tournament for the sixth consecutive season extending the longest that CU's softball put together since joining the league prior to the 1995 campaign. The team also won 30 plus games for the third time in the last four seasons and the eighth time in school history.
The 2011 season marked another ultra-competitive schedule for CU's softball program. The Camels played eight games against seven different teams that made the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The team played games in six different states ranging all the way from Florida to Arizona. The team's schedule contained opponents from 16 different conferences including a pair of trips to Southeastern Conference teams (Auburn and Georgia). The Camels also hosted the Atlantic Coast Conference's North Carolina and Virginia during the season among the 23 home games. The Camels started the 2011 season with a bang and defeated Virginia by a 7-2 score to open the campaign at the Hampton Inn Tournament. Throughout the course of the year the Camels played against the top ranked team in the country at that point in Georgia on March 4th and the team that won the national championship in Arizona State on March 10th.
Campbell's 11 wins in Atlantic Sun Conference play was the fourth time in school history that the program had won 10 or more games in A-Sun play with the other times being in 2006 (12), 2009 (16) and 2010 (10). The season marked the final time that Camels would play an Atlantic Sun Conference game as the team moves to the Big South Conference along with most of the rest of the CU athletic teams on July 1.
The Camels did walk away with several awards over the course of the 2011 campaign. Senior Amanda Miller was an Atlantic Sun First Team selection, an A-Sun All-Tournament Team member and chosen for the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association's (NCCSIA) University Softball All-State Team. Miller led the team and conference with five triples. She placed third in the league in runs scored (38), fourth in double (15) and total bases (97) plus sixth in hits (57) and RBIs (37). She also finished eighth in slugging percentage (.571) and was among the nation's leaders in being toughest to strikeout (21st). She finished her season with a team-high nine game-winning RBIs.
Sophomore Sarah Forgacs was an A-Sun Second Team All-Conference selection for the second time in as many seasons. In league only play the Cary, N.C. native hit .304 with 10 runs, 17 hits, two home runs, six RBIs, five walks and five stolen bases. Overall she hit .278 with 42 hits, 32 runs, 19 RBIs, 16 walks, 14 hit by pitches and 20 stolen bases.
CU's team started the season with a bang and won the Hampton Inn Tournament in early February with a 6-1 victory over SIU-Edwardsville in the championship game. The team placed five players on the all-tournament team in seniors Keeli Michael, Amanda Miller and Lizzie Goldbach, junior Christina Melton and sophomore Brittany Arnn. Goldbach was named the most outstanding player in the tournament after hitting .500 with three multi-hit performances in four games, six hits and five RBIs.
Senior Lauren Stephan also made her final season count and led the team with 13 home runs and 39 RBIs. Stephan was named to the 2011 A-Sun All-Tournament Team. She had a record setting day against Kennesaw State on April 9. Stephan set a Campbell record with three home runs in a single game and her seven RBIs was one off the school record set by Martha Covington in 1996. Stephan, who also worked as a pitcher during her time with Campbell, became the first softball player in school history to finish among the top 10 in both home runs (27-4th) and wins (33-9th).
Both Forgacs and Goldbach also stood out individually in the classroom and both were able to secure spots on the second team for the Capital One / Academic All-District III Softball Team. Goldbach put together a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) as a biology major and Forgacs sported a cumulative GPA of 3.86 as a government/pre-law major. Goldbach and Forgacs were the second set of CU softball teammates to be honored in the same season.
The Camels also stood out in the classroom as team and placed 14 on the Atlantic Sun's All-Academic Team. CU's group of 14 includes three student-athletes that achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA in Miller, Melton and freshman Shaela Churchill. Goldbach and Michael were selected for the fourth time. Miller leads the three-time honorees and is joined by fellow seniors Melissa Elks and Stephan. Sophomores Brittany Arnn and Forgacs along with Katie Hinton, junior Taylor McGee, Melton and Katie Woodcock were all named for the second time. The first time honorees include freshmen Katie Andrews, Churchill and Raven Lee. The Camels end its 17-year tenure in the Atlantic Sun Conference with 76 individuals earning A-Sun All-Academic Softball Team honors 154 times.
Hinton was named the Atlantic Sun's Softball Player of the Week twice during the 2011 season. She first took home the weekly award on March 21 after leading the Camels to a 4-0 record with her .500 batting average, eight hits and seven RBIs. Hinton did the feat again on April 4 after hitting .526 on the week with 10 hits, seven runs scored, five RBIs and five stolen bases. Hinton became the first Campbell player to be named the player of the week twice in a season since Shannon O'Bryan took home the award three times in 2001.
Freshman Olivia Scarborough had her own notable feat during the season and threw Campbell's first no-hitter in exactly three years in the team's 10-0 victory over North Carolina Central on April 25. Scarborough's no-hitter was the first of her career and the first for a Campbell pitcher since Brittany Stanley threw a perfect game exactly three years to the day.
Woodcock again proved to be one of the top closer in the country in 2011. The Oshawa, Ontario native tied for the nation's lead in saves with eight. She also tied for the national lead in saves in 2009. Woodcock ended her career as the school's all-time saves leader with 15. She had a memorable 2011 season in which she led the Camels in most pitching categories including ERA (2.16), wins (11), appearances (38), complete games (7), saves (8), innings pitched (129.1) and strikeouts (101).
Head Coach Drew Peterson reached a pair of milestone victories in his coaching career in 2011. Peterson picked up his 300th win at Campbell in the team's 7-6 win over Creighton on March 11 and the 600th win of his 21-year career in the 2-0 win over UNC Wilmington on April 12.
The Camels showed off the power again in 2011 and led the conference in home runs with 53. The team's 53 home runs are the third-most in school history and the third time in the last four years that Campbell has topped the 50 home run mark in a season. The CU offense proved to be one that needed to be dealt with and led the league in numerous categories including runs (280), triples (13) and total bases (656). The Camels also ranked second in the Atlantic Sun in slugging percentage (.420), walks (196) and stolen bases (68). CU's pitching staff also led the league in saves with 12.
The 2011 season was the final entry in the career of eight Campbell seniors that led CU to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and two Atlantic Sun Tournament Championships. Many of the graduating seniors rank highly in Campbell's career record book. Katie Hinton finished as the school's all-time walk leader (111). She also placed second in runs scored (158), third in stolen bases (51), fourth in at-bats (692), fifth in batting average (.319), games played (232), hits (221), total bases (300) and ninth in being hit by a pitch (14). Amanda Miller became the school's all-time assist leader (551) and finished third in doubles (42), fourth in RBIs (121), fifth in sacrifice flies (9), at-bats (690), seventh in total bases (299), eighth in hits (203), runs scored (113) and ninth in walks (59). Lauren Stephan placed fourth in slugging percentage (.505) and home runs (27). She also ranked sixth in strike outs (255), ninth in wins (33) and 10th in appearances (83) as a pitcher. Keeli Michael placed fifth in walks (74), games played (232) and assists (469) plus sixth in stolen bases (41).Redshirt junior Amanda Littlejohn, who has not been able to see the field for the last three seasons as she battles cancer back home in California, finished her Campbell career seventh in sacrifice flies (7), eighth in slugging percentage (.483) and 10th in RBIs (96). Katie Woodcock ended her career as the school's all-time saves leader (15) and amassed the second most saves in the history of the Atlantic Sun Conference.