Softball Series Opener vs. Longwood Set for ESPN3
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Campbell hosts Longwood in the final Big South series of the season with game one of the Saturday doubleheader being broadcasted on ESPN3 beginning at 4 p.m. Seniors pitcher Brittany Arnn (Danville, Va.) and right fielder Sarah Forgacs (Cary, N.C.) will be honored prior to the series finale on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The link to the ESPN3 broadcast is at the top of the page with Mike Hogewood and Nate Ross on the call. Game two of the series is set for a free audio broadcast, while senior day festivities and the contest will be covered on video via the Big South Network.
The Camels head to the Big South Championships on Thursday in Rock Hill, S.C., with matchups being announced at a later date. Campbell can claim the out-right Big South regular season title with a sweep of the Lancers, while a share can be held with a series win and the No. 2 position in the tournament.
Campbell (36-17, 17-4) vs. Longwood (34-16, 14-7)
May 4-5, 2013 • Buies Creek, N.C. • Amanda Littlejohn Stadium
Scouting Report: Longwood enters the final regular season series at 34-16 overall and 14-7 in the Big South. The Lancers have notched league wins over Winthrop (13-3, 17-5), Charleston So. (9-3, 8-0, 12-2), Gardner-Webb (8-0, 10-4, 9-0), Radford (8-4, 9-1, 12-3), Liberty (14-6, 9-2) and Presbyterian (4-2). The Lancers have topped non-conference foes N.C. Central (5-2, 5-0), St. Francis (20-4, 10-0), Bucknell (7-0, 9-1), Stony Brook (3-0), Syracuse (10-0), Penn St. (9-8), George Mason (10-2, 4-1), Cornell (8-0, 8-1), Elon (8-1, 6-4), Norfolk St. (2-0, 19-7) and Virginia Tech (6-5, 5-4). Kori Nishitomi (.441), Brooke Short (.434), and Megan Baltzell (.411) are all among the Big South leaders in batting avg. The trio of Emily Murphy, Baltzell and Short have all tallied at least 55 RBI, while Baltzell has totaled 23 round trippers followed by Short with 15. As a team, Longwood has compiled a .328 avg. and .555 slugging and .413 on-base pct. Short has a team-best 2.67 ERA and 17-6 mark on the season with 88 strikeouts in 136.1 innings pitched. At 14-7 and a 3.26 ERA is Libby Morris, who has fanned 56 in 111.2 frames. Head Coach Kathy Riley is in her 16th season guiding the Lancers' program.
Series History: The all-time series is split, 5-5, with four meetings decided by one run. Campbell is 3-3 at home, while posting a 1-1 mark on the road and in neutral site matchups. The last meeting in 2011 was a pair on extra-inning games with the Lancers taking both 4-1 (11), 5-4 (9) in Buies Creek, N.C. The series began on April 2, 1988, a neutral site matchup that Longwood won 4-3 in Wilmington, N.C.
- Campbell hosts its final home series of the season against Longwood with the first game being broadcasted nationally on ESPN3.
- Senior Brittany Arnn and Sarah Forgacs will be honored prior to the series finale on Sunday at 2p.m.
- The Camels are currently in first place in the Big South with a 17-4 mark and need a sweep of the Lancers to claim the out-right league championship. A co-title can be notched by taking the series, 2-of-3, and a No. 2 slot in the Big South Championships, since Coastal Carolina (19-5) would win the tiebreaker with its series win over the Camels (2-1 back in March).
- The 17 league wins for the Camels is already program record, surpassing the total of 16 in 2009 (16-4 A-Sun). The best win pct. is in 1995 at 14-2 (.875)
- The Camels are 20-6 inside the friendly confines of Amanda Littlejohn Stadium. The team has posted a 32-12 record since opening the facility on March 16, 2012. An average of 5.9 runs on 7.9 hits per game have been tallied by the squad during home contests.
- Last time out, Campbell played a pair of mid-week road doubleheaders going 3-1 with a sweep at UNC Wilmington (9-3, 5-3) and a split at Hampton (3-4, 9-4) to round out an 8-1 road trip.
- The Camels have a program-record 113 stolen bases, setting it with six swiped bags in game one at the Seahawks. They have the third-most homers in a season with 63, one behind the 2008 squad that blasted 64, while the 2009 team holds the record with 81.
- After Campbell scored three runs on four hits in the first at Hampton, the Pirates battled back to a 3-2 game entering the seventh, where they scored two runs and became the first team this season to comeback to beat the Camels after they held a lead after five (25-1).
- Campbell is 24-0 when scoring six or more runs during the campaign, while also 32-7 when holding a opposing offenses to five runs or less.
- Junior first baseman Raven Lee is the reigning Big South Player of the Week after going 5-for-12 with two homers and six RBI. She has produced 61 RBI and 16 homers, both second on the Camels' season lists.
- Sophomore second baseman Shaela Churchill was announced to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 team on Thursday. She holds a 4.0 GPA as a mathematics major and is now eligible for All-America honors.
- Sophomore shortstop Ericka Nesbitt has a team-best .428 avg., with 62 hits along with eight doubles and a grand slam (vs. Gardner-Webb, first career homer).
- Coming on strong in the second half of the year is sophomore outfielder Camise Patterson, who has connected six home runs, including a team-best five on the road. She emerged in the lineup after hitting a pinch-hit homer in game two at Presbyterian.
- The freshman battery of Courtney Roberts (P) and Courtney Klingler (C) became the first two rookies to earned Big South weekly honors this year. Five more Camels have also picked up weekly awards from the league or College Sports Madness- Brittany Bruce (3B), Raven Lee (1B), Stephanie Jones (OF), Brittany Arnn (P), Julia Callicutt (P).
- Moving Up The Charts (page 6) has the breakdown of individuals on the career and single-season lists.
- Campbell is next in action at the Big South Championships on May 9 in Rock Hill, S.C. The winner-take-all final is set for Sunday at noon on ESPNU.
GoCamels.com Softball Coverage
- The official website of Campbell athletics has up-to-date student-athlete bios, schedules, notes and statistics.
- Be sure to follow @GoCamelsSB on Twitter for in-game updates along with news and information about the program
- Live stats are available for each game the Camels play.
- For many contest home and away, a free audio broadcast can be found to supplement live stats.
- Be sure to check GoCamels.com for recaps, notes and video interviews with head coach Drew Peterson and student-athletes following each game.
- Check out the Campbell Softball team's Facebook page at Facebook.com/GoCamelsSB.
On The Road
- The Camels went 8-1 during a nine-game road trip at the end of April.
- Campbell has played in 18 true-road contests, going 12-6 with losses to Georgia, Hawaii, Coastal Carolina (2), PC and Hampton.
- The team has compiled a .271 batting and .407 slugging and .330 on-base pct.
- Nesbitt leads the team with .500 avg. and 25 hits along with five doubles.
- Lee compiled a .373 avg. with 2 doubles, 4 homers and 20 RBI.
- Jones has tallied a .349 avg., 3 doubles and 11 RBI.
- Lee (4), Klingler (2), Patterson (5), Bruce (2) and Forgacs have each tallied a round-tripper.
- The offense has averaged 5.1 runs on 7.8 hits per game.
- In the circle, a 3.07 ERA has been tallied with 98 strikeouts in 123.0 innings.
- Roberts (2.64 ERA) paces the team with a 5-0 mark followed by Callicutt (3.69) and Arnn (4.52) at 4-1 and 2-5, respectively.
- Scarborough is 1-0 with a 2.47 ERA and has fanned 2 batters in 5.2 innings.
- Roberts has notched 36 strikeouts, while Calicutt has added 32 and Arnn has contributed 28.
- Campbell has recorded a .948 fielding pct. during contests on the road.
Camels With A Lead
- Campbell is 25-1 when it holds a lead after five innings (only loss coming on a walk-off B7 at Hampton, 3-4)
- The Camels are also 26-3 when gaining an advantage in the fourth.
- A mark of 24-0 has also been posted when the team has generated six or more runs of offense.
- The most deadly innings for opponents facing the Campbell lineup is the first (62 runs scored) and fifth (70 runs scored).
Camels Impressive at Home
- Campbell is 20-6 this year at home and 32-12 all time at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium.
- A new single-game attendance mark of 405 fans was set against North Carolina State (4/10), surpassing the previous high of 390 against North Carolina (3/27).
- The Camels have posted a .321 avg. and .562 slugging and .409 on-base pct. leading to 5.9 runs on 7.9 hits per game.
- Bruce leads the way with a .429 avg. followed by Klingler, who has eight home runs and .892 slugging pct. at .3875.
- 35 of the 61 runs that Lee has driven in has come at ALJS including 10 of her 16 homers for a .846 slugging pct.
- The pitching staff has allowed a 2.46 ERA with 151 strikeouts in 168.0 innings.
- Arnn (3-3) has a team-low 1.74 ERA, while Callicutt (6-0) is right behind at 1.96 ERA.
- Roberts is an impressive 10-3 with 73 strikeouts in 75.2 innings of work. Two losses were against UNC and NC State.
A Pair of Road Mid-Week Doubleheaders
- Without a weekend series on April 26-27 due to final exams, the Camels traveled to UNC Wilmington, earning a sweep 9-3 and 5-3, and Hampton, splitting 3-4 and 9-4.
- The Camels eclipsed the program-record of 108 stolen bases (1995) in game one at UNCW with six.
- Lee was selected as the Big South Player of the Week and College Sporst Madness Big South Player of the Week, earning both for the second time this season after going 5-for-12 with two homers and six RBI.
- Scarborough blasted a grand slam, the third of the season for the team (Nesbitt-GWU, Lee- NCCU), while Patterson and Lee clocked round trippers as well in a 9-3 victory.
- Roberts tossed four innings with three strikeouts and Arnn notched her second save of the season with seven punch outs.
- Game two saw a stellar performance from Callicutt, who registered five strikeouts in the complete game victory (5-3).
- Campbell jumped all over Hampton in the first with three runs on four hits, but the Pirates scrapped back for a run in the third and fifth.
- A one-run game in the seventh brought Arnn into the circle as the Pirates add two runs for the walk-off win (first loss of the season for the Camels when holding a lead after the fifth).
- The offense got back on track in game two, a 9-4 win, as Klingler, Lee and Patterson hit homers. Callicutt earned the victory.
- Campbell notched its fourth Big South sweep of the season against Radford with a trio of come-from-behind victories.
- The Camels were down 4-0 in game 1 before homers by Sarah Forgacs (solo) and Brittany Bruce (2-run) and a game-tying 2-run round tripper by Camise Patterson in the 7th. Campbell and Radford each scored twice in the 10th before the Camels added another two runs in the 11th and held on for a 9-8 win. It was the 8th game in school history to end in 11 innings with the team holding a 3-5 mark.
- The first run was scored by Campbell in game two, but a pair of solo homers put the Highlanders up 2-1 and eventually 3-2, before two runs crossed the plate in the fourth for the Camels.
- After Radford held a 4-0 advantage after three, Campbell scored 11-unanswered runs to notch the series sweep. Bruce had a game-tying double in the fourth, while Forgacs' 2-RBI single to right center put the Camels in the lead, 6-4. The team pounded out a season-high 16 hits.
- The battle of freshman hurlers in game one saw Roberts (9.2 IP) and Walters (11 IP) each total 11 strikeouts.
- Arnn picked up the game 1 and 3 victories, while Callicutt notched the win in the middle to improve to 8-1.
- Scarborough registered her second save of the season in the finale.
- Pacing the offense was Lee with seven hits and six RBI. Bruce added five hits and four RBI, while Nesbitt also tallied five hits.
- Radford blasted six home runs during the series.
- The Camels pounded out 16 hits in the series finale with the only extra base hits coming from three doubles. Nesbitt was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate (2 bunt singles).