BUIES CREEK, N.C. – This week Campbell's softball team (21-24, 6-6 Big South Conference) plays five games at home at the Eakes Athletic Complex. The Camels start the week with a non-conference doubleheader against UNC Wilmington on Wednesday, April 18, starting at 4 p.m. CU will then get back into league play and hosts Coastal Carolina for three games over the weekend starting on Friday, April 20, at 4 p.m.
The week will be highlighted by a special stadium dedication in the memory of former Campbell catcher Amanda Littlejohn between the two games of the doubleheader on Friday. Littlejohn passed away from cancer on Sept. 1, 2011 after battling the disease for much of the last four years of her life. Her family, Jim (father) and Kim (mother) Littlejohn, and former coach, Andy Kim, plus former Campbell softball teammates, Ashton Hardison and Brittany Lee (Stanley), will be on hand for the special dedication ceremony on Friday.
Saturday's single game will be the annual "Strikeout Cancer Day" where donations will be collected for cancer research and all cancer survivors in attendance will recognized in a presentation on the field prior to the game.
The Camels had a 1-4 record last week. Sophomore Olivia Scarborough picked up Campbell's win on the week in throwing a complete game and allowing just one run on four hits to Charleston Southern on Friday, April 13. Freshman Kailey Farmer had the game-winning RBI for CU with her double in the fourth inning. Sophomore Shaela Churchill hit the first home run of her career with a solo shot against North Carolina State on April 11.
CU enters the 11th week of the year ranking highly in the Big South in numerous individual categories. Junior Sarah Forgacs leads the league in doubles (10) and is tied for third in triples (2). She is also third in getting hit by pitches (6) and tied for fifth in the conference in runs scored (25). Freshman Stephanie Jones is second in the league in RBIs (31) and tied for second in doubles (9). She ranks tied for fourth in total bases (68), sixth in hits (44) and slugging percentage (.511), ninth in stolen bases (12) and tied for home runs (5). Nesbitt is second in hits (48) and stolen bases (16). She is also third in batting average (.369) and tied for third in sacrifice bunts (8). Nesbitt is fifth in runs scored (25) and on-base percentage (.438). Sophomore Raven Lee is fourth in home runs (8) and RBIs (26). She is fifth in slugging percentage (.545) and walks (22) plus 10th in total bases (60). Senior Taylor McGee is tied for fifth in RBIs (26), seventh in home runs (6) and eighth in slugging percentage (.488). Scarborough is second in the league in ERA (1.71) and fourth in opposing batting average (.223). Freshman Julia Callicutt is third in opposing batting average (.216), fifth in ERA (2.26) and tied for sixth in shutouts (2). Junior Brittany Arnn is tied for fourth in wins (8), tied for sixth in shutouts (2) and seventh in innings pitched (89) and complete games (9).
Campbell leads the conference in doubles (55). The team is second in the league in slugging percentage (.405), home runs (31), total bases (443) and stolen bases (58). The Camels rank third in on-base percentage (.345), runs batted in (156), ERA (2.95) and opponent batting average (.240).
The Camels also rank 16th nationally in double plays per game (0.44) and 64th in stolen bases per game (1.29). Nesbitt is 99th nationally in stolen bases per game (0.36) and 178th in batting average (.369). Lee is 174th in walks (0.49) and 199th in home runs per game (0.18)
UNC Wilmington (7-34) played Towson tough in taking one game of the three-game weekend set in Maryland. Lauryn Buckworth has been the team's top hitter with her .292 batting average, 28 hits and six doubles. She is tied for the team lead in RBIs with 10. Ashley Shingleton leads the squad with her 32 hits, seven doubles and three home runs. Jordan Critcher leads the team in walks with 19. Amanda Davenport has been the team's top pitcher. She leads the team in wins (6), appearances (29), starts (22), complete games (17), shutouts (3), innings pitched (162.0) and strikeouts (91). The Camels own a 44-24 edge in the all-time series with the Seahawks. The teams met earlier this season with Campbell winning 2-0 on Kailey Farmer's extra inning home run. Fellow freshman Julia Callicutt threw an eight inning one-hit shutout to earn the victory for Campbell. Senior Christina Melton is 2-0 all-time against the Seahawks with 15 strikeouts in her 10 career innings worked.
Coastal Carolina (32-15, 9-6 Big South) took two of the three games from Liberty last weekend and are currently in third place in the Big South just ahead of Campbell. Chelsea Pineda was named the Big South Player of the Week on Monday after putting up two home runs and eight RBIs in her four games last week. Pineda has 15 extra base hits this season including 10 home runs, four doubles and a triple. She also has walked 23 times. Kory Hayden is the top hitter for the Chanticleers with her .380 batting average, nine doubles, 11 home runs, 35 RBIs, 88 total bases, .727 slugging percentage, 20 walks and .463 on-base percentage. Sarah Maples is the top speed threat with 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts. She also has accumulated 28 runs, 45 hits and seven doubles. Brooke Donovan leads the team with her 24 walks. The Chanticleers have eight players that have reached double figures in walks this season. Kiana Quolas has been the Chants top pitcher and one of the top pitchers in the Big South this season. She has been named the Big South's Pitcher of the Week three times this season. The freshman is 19-7 with a 1.53 ERA. She also has 19 complete games, nine shutouts and 101 strikeouts in 155.2 innings worked. Ashley Bagwell is the other primary pitcher. She has won nine games with a 2.89 ERA and 99 strikeouts in her 113.2 innings. The Chants lead the conference in numerous league categories including slugging percentage (.445), home runs (.363), runs scored (207), hits (323), home runs (48), total bases (525), walks (156), sacrifice bunts (48), ERA (2.14), opponent batting average (.223), batters struck out (218) and wins (32). Campbell has not faced off with Coastal since 2007 when the Chanticleers swept both games of the doubleheader in Conway, S.C. CU trails in the all-time series to the Chants by a count of 42-11. Campbell has not defeated Coastal since 1997 and has lost 15 in a row in that stretch.
After this weekend's action, the Camels hit the road to take on conference rival Liberty for a three-game set from April 27-28 in Lynchburg, Va. The first game of the Friday doubleheader is set for 4 p.m. on April 27.