BUIES CREEK, N.C. – This week Campbell's softball team (27-26, 10-8 Big South Conference) wraps up the regular season at home with a key conference set against Presbyterian College from May 4-5. The Camels are scheduled to play the Blue Hose in a single game on May 4 starting at 6 pm. at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium. CU then completes the series with a doubleheader starting at noon on Saturday, May 5. CU will also honor its two seniors, Christina Melton and Taylor McGee, in special ceremony prior to the first game on Saturday.
The Camels won a pair of games to take the series from Liberty last weekend. CU dropped the first game by a slim 7-6 score after fighting back from a 7-0 deficit entering the fifth inning. The Camels again rallied in the second game from an early deficit and scored eight runs over the last two innings to come away with a 9-6 victory capped off by freshman Kailey Farmer's game-winning grand slam in the top of the seventh inning. The grand slam was the third hit by a Campbell player this season. CU again fell behind in the third game on Saturday, but again rallied for a 12-7 win by scoring all 12 runs over the last four innings of the game. McGee homered twice and drove in three in the comeback. Her home runs were the 39th and 40th of her career which ties her with Shannon O'Bryan for the all-time school record at Campbell. For her outstanding efforts McGee was named the Big South's Player of the Week for the first time in her career on April 30. McGee hit .462 on the week with six hits, 13 total bases, a double and three runs scored. Freshman Stephanie Jones also had a strong weekend for Campbell and picked up five RBIs on five hits while hitting .417. CU's team batting average during the Liberty series was scalding .400.
The Camels are currently tied with Coastal Carolina for third in the conference with three games left in the league race for each. The top two teams in the league, Radford and Charleston Southern, are also playing each other this weekend with the top seed and second seed still at stake.
CU enters the 13th week of the year ranking highly in the Big South in numerous individual categories. Jones is tied for the league lead with her 41 RBIs and 13 doubles. She is third in the league in hits (56) and total bases (86). Jones is tied for fifth in stolen bases (14), sixth in batting average (.346) and seventh in slugging percentage (.531). Freshman Ericka Nesbitt is second in the league in hits (60), batting average (.385), runs scored (35) and stolen bases (22). She is also third in sacrifice bunts (12) and fourth in on-base percentage (.445). Junior Sarah Forgacs is third in doubles (10), tied third in triples (2) and tied for fourth in getting hit by a pitch (6). Sophomore Raven Lee is third in walks (26), tied for fourth in home runs (9), tied for fifth in RBIs (30) and slugging percentage (.538) plus seventh in on-base percentage (.426) and ninth in total bases (70). McGee is third in slugging percentage (.542), tied for third in RBIs (31), tied for fourth in home runs (9), and tied for fifth in total bases (78). Farmer ranks seventh in the league in home runs (7). Sophomore Olivia Scarborough is fourth in ERA (2.18), fifth in opponent batting average (.230), tied for seventh in wins (9) and 10th in complete games (8). Freshman Julia Callicutt is third in opposing batting average (.220) and tied for seventh in shutouts (2). Junior Brittany Arnn is tied for seventh in shutouts (2), ninth in complete games (9) and tied for ninth in wins (8).
Campbell leads the conference in batting average (.276), hits (363) and doubles (67). The team is second in the league in slugging percentage (.416), on-base percentage (.356), runs batted in (197), total bases (548), hit by pitches (29), stolen bases (73) and innings pitched (343.0). The Camels rank third in opposing batting average (.238) and wins (27)
The Camels also rank sixth nationally in double plays per game (0.51) and 46th in stolen bases per contest (1.38). Nesbitt is 56th nationally in stolen bases per game (0.42) and 89th in batting average (.385). Lee is 176th in walks (0.50) and tied for 216th in home runs per game (0.17). McGee is also tied for 216thh in home runs per game (0.17). Jones is 100th in RBIs per game (0.77), 126th in doubles a contest (0.25) and 293rd in batting average (.346).
Presbyterian College (18-29, 7-11 Big South) defeated non-conference opponent North Carolina A&T twice last weekend by scores of 11-9 and 6-0. The two wins snapped a three-game skid with two of the losses coming to Gardner-Webb in the midweek make-up doubleheader. The Blue Hose are being led by Shelby Petkin with her .293 batting average and eight doubles. Kennesaw State transfer Cat Tarvin is hitting .283 with 12 stolen bases and three triples. Eight different players on the team have double digits in RBIs this season. Morgan Durham leads the team with her 22 RBIs. Durham also has a team-high 26 runs scored and stolen 17 bases. Leslie Hensley is a two-way threat for the squad. Hensley has a team-best five home runs on offense and also leads the team with nine wins, 18 complete games, 171.1 innings thrown, 101 strikeouts and 2.90 ERA in the circle. Kensley Loudermelk is the team other pitcher. Loudermelk has won eight games with a 3.23 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 102 innings thrown. The Blue Hose are tied for the conference lead with eight triples. The team ranks second in the league in walks (143), third in stolen bases (57) and fifth in ERA (3.20). This is a first time meeting between the schools.
After this weekend's action, the Camels await the team's seeding and opponent for the upcoming Big South Tournament from May 10-13 in Radford, Va.