April 20, 2012

Amanda Littlejohn Stadium Unveiled

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell University proudly announces that it has named its renovated softball stadium for former catcher Amanda Littlejohn in a special ceremony on Friday, April 20, at the Eakes Athletic Complex/Amanda Littlejohn Stadium.

The ceremony was held between the softball team's games against Coastal Carolina. Among the honored guests in attendance were her parents, Jim (father) and Kim (mother) Littlejohn, and her former coach, Andy Kim. Also in attendance was former Campbell softball players Ashton Hardison and Brittany Lee (Stanley). Both former players along with current catcher Taylor McGee, head softball coach Drew Peterson and broadcaster Chris Hemeyer gave remarks at the ceremony about the life lived by Amanda Littlejohn. Peterson also presented a special plaque to the members of the Littlejohn family in attendance before the name of the facility was unveiled to the 300 fans, supporters, parents, current and former players in attendance on the newly built press box.

Amanda Littlejohn battled various forms of cancers over the last four years and passed away on Sept. 1, 2011. She was the starting catcher for the Camels during the 2007 and 2008 season. In the summer of 2007 she was diagnosed with melanoma. She fought the disease while continuing to play the game of softball during the spring 2008 season.

She finished the 2008 season with a .367 batting average, 84 hits, 15 home runs, a school-record 72 RBIs and helped lead Campbell to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 13 years. Her three-run homer helped catapult the Camels to a 7-6 victory of UNC-Chapel Hill in the Regional. 

Littlejohn ended her career with a batting average of .296,131 hits, 27 doubles, 18 home runs (ninth at Campbell), 96 RBIs (10th all-time at CU), a slugging percentage of .483 (eighth all-time at Campbell) and 214 total bases.

The stadium renovation includes new grandstand seating and an enclosed press box. It was made possible by generous donations from Campbell alumni, supporters and friends of the softball program.