BUIES CREEK, N.C. – This week Campbell's softball team (25-25, 8-7 Big South Conference) plays the team's final regular season road games with a three-game set against Liberty starting with a 4 p.m. game on Friday, April 27 in Lynchburg, Va.. The Camels will play a second game that evening at 6 p.m. and complete the series with a 2 p.m. contest against the Lady Flames on Saturday, April 28, at Liberty Softball Field.
The Camels went 4-1 last week with a sweep of UNC Wilmington in the midweek and two wins in the three games against Coastal Carolina over the weekend. Freshman Stephanie Jones led the attack for Campbell with her .412 batting average, seven hits, two doubles, five RBIs and 11 total bases. The Black Mountain, N.C. native also had the game-winning hit in the 5-4 series clinching victory over the Chanticleers. Sophomore Olivia Scarborough had a 3-0 record on the week. She also threw two complete games and pitched 20 innings for CU. Taylor McGee also hit her seventh home run of the season and 38th of her career in the team's win over Coastal. The Camels also dedicated the team's renovated softball facility to former catcher Amanda Littlejohn in a special ceremony between games against Coastal Carolina on Friday, April 20.
CU enters the 12th week of the year ranking highly in the Big South in numerous individual categories. Jones is tied for the league lead with her 36 RBIs. She is second in the league in doubles (11), third in hits (51) and total bases (79). She is fourth in stolen bases (14), sixth in batting average (.340) and seventh in slugging percentage (.527). Freshman Ericka Nesbitt is second in the league in hits (53) and stolen bases (20). She is third in sacrifice bunts (12), fourth in runs scored (30) and batting average (.368) plus sixth in on-base percentage (.431). Junior Sarah Forgacs is tied for second in triples (2), third in doubles (10) and tied for fourth in getting hit by a pitch (6). Sophomore Raven Lee is tied for fourth in home runs (8), tied for fifth in walks (24) and eighth in on-base percentage (.426). McGee is fourth in RBIs (28), tied for fifth in home runs (7), ninth in slugging percentage (.496) and 10th in total bases (65). Scarborough is second in ERA (1.81), fourth in opponent batting average (.222), tied for sixth in wins (8) and 10th in complete games (8). Freshman Julia Callicutt is third in opposing batting average (.211) and tied for seventh in shutouts (2). Junior Brittany Arnn is tied for sixth in wins (8) and tied for seventh in shutouts (2) and complete games (9).
Campbell leads the conference in doubles (60). The team is second in the league in on-base percentage (.349), runs scored (186), hits (323), runs batted in (171), total bases (489) stolen bases (70) and hit by pitches (28). The Camels rank third in batting average (.266), slugging percentage (.402), home runs (32), walks (133) and innings pitched (323).
The Camels also rank fifth nationally in double plays per game (0.52) and 47th in stolen bases per game (1.40). Nesbitt is 50th nationally in stolen bases per game (0.40) and 161st in batting average (.368). Lee is 186th in walks (0.49) and 242nd in home runs per game (0.16). Jones is 136th in RBIs per game (0.72) and 148th in doubles a contest (0.22)
Liberty (17-27, 8-10 Big South) took two of the three games from Presbyterian last weekend. The Lady Flames hit four home runs during the series, accounting for nine of the team's 10 runs. Sammi Shivock had four hits, three runs scored, two home runs and two doubles plus five RBIs against the Blue Hose. Katie Zavodny leads the squad with her .351 batting average and has recorded 12 stolen bases and 34 hits. Meredith Cristante has been the team's top overall hitter and leads the team in hits (41), home runs (8) stolen bases (14) and runs scored (25). Cristante has also knocked in 27 runs. Shivock is the other primary source of power in the line-up with her five home runs and team-high 28 RBIs. Chandler Ball leads the team in wins (9) and strikeouts (102) in her 135.1 innings thrown. Alyssa DiMartino is the other half of the pitching duo. DiMartino leads the team in innings pitched (148.1) and has also recorded a save. The Lady Flames will have a non-conference doubleheader against Virginia on Wednesday, April 25, before welcoming in Campbell for the weekend series. LU ranks among the top four in the Big South in runs scored batting average (.263 – 4th), (185 – 3rd), slugging percentage (.398 – 4th), hits (.311 – 4thh), runs batted in (.167 – 3rd), doubles (52 – 3rd), triples (7- 3rd), home runs (31 – 4th), total bases (470 – 3rd) and sacrifice bunts (35 – 3rd). Campbell has not taken on Liberty since the 2010 season when the teams met in Knoxville, Tenn. and CU won 10-4. CU has not faced the Lady Flames in Lynchburg since the 2000 season when the team's split the series. The Camels lead the all-time series with LU by a 6-1 count.
After this weekend's action, the Camels return home for the last home series of the season. CU is schedule to play a three-game weekend set against Presbyterian starting on Friday night, May 4, at 8 p.m. The Camels will also honor the team's two seniors, Taylor McGee and Christina Melton, prior to the Saturday, May 5, doubleheader starting at noon.