Softball Begins Big South Championships on Thursday

Team (Courtesy of Bennett Scarborough)
Team (Courtesy of Bennett Scarborough)

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ROCK HILL, S.C. - Campbell enters the Big South Championships at Terry Field in Rock Hill, S.C. as the No. 2 seed and opens the event against No. 7 Gardner-Webb at 5 p.m. on Thursday. The above video is the sights from the tournament during the Camels practice on Wednesday morning.

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No. 7 Gardner-Webb (13-29, 8-16)

Series History: The Bulldogs and Camels have played conference matches in two leagues, the A-Sun (2003-08) and Big South (2012-pres). Campbell holds a 9-8 advantage in league games and a 12-11 lead in the overall series after a three-game sweep (6-5, 11-3 (5), 9-1 (5)). The longest win streak is three on four occasions, once by Campbell (2006-07) and three times by GWU (2002-03, 2004-05, 2008-12). The only three-game set played between the squads came last year in Boiling Springs, N.C., with the Bulldogs taking it 2-1. The Bulldogs are 2-0 in league-tournament contests.

Leading Off:
-    Campbell finished  second place in the Big South with an 18-6 mark after falling twice in the final conference series vs. Longwood.  This is the highest finish for Campbell since capturing the Atlantic Sun Regular Season title in 2010.
-    The 18 league wins for the Camels is a new program record, surpassing the total of 16 in 2009 (16-4 A-Sun). The best win pct. is in 1995 at 14-2 (.875)
-    Campbell is 37-30 (.522) all-time in the postseason including a 13-12 (.520) mark in Big South Championships. The Camels are 5-4 in a pair of tournaments played in Rock Hill, S.C. following with 1991 and 1994 seasons.
-    Last time out, freshman catcher Courtney Klingler provided the Camels with a walk-off 7-6 in game one against Longwood in a contest broadcasted nationally on ESPN3. She tallied eight RBI during the series, but Campbell came up short in 2-of-the-3 games (5-6 (9), 2-7). Campbell had the bases loaded with no outs in the seven, down two and tied the game at five, but was unable to secure the game two win.
-    The Camels have a program-record 115 stolen bases, setting it with six swiped bags in game one at the Seahawks. They have the second-most homers in a season with 65, one ahead the 2008 squad that blasted 64, while the 2009 team holds the record with 81.
-    Hampton battled back down one, 3-2, in the bottom of the seventh in game one during a mid-week doubleheader to post a 4-3 victory and became the first team this season to comeback to beat the Camels after they held a lead after five (25-1).
-    Campbell is 25-0 when scoring six or more runs during the campaign, while also 33-7 when holding a opposing offenses to five runs or less.
-    Junior first baseman Raven Lee was named Big South Player of the Week for the second time on April 30 after going 5-for-12 with two homers and six RBI. She has produced 65 RBI and 17 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 .430 avg., with 68 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).
-    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. 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 for recaps, notes and video interviews with head coach Drew Peterson and student-athletes following each game.
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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).

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 Impressive at Home    
-    Campbell was 21-8 this year at home and 33-14 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 posted a .318 avg. and .552 slugging and .399 on-base pct. leading to 5.9 runs on 7.9 hits per game.
-    Klingler tallied eight home runs and .895 slugging pct. with a team-high .408 avg.
-    39 of the 65 runs that Lee has driven in has come at ALJS including 11 of her 17 homers for a .822 slugging pct.
-    The pitching staff has allowed a 268 ERA with 160 strikeouts in 191.0 innings.
-    Arnn (3-3) has a team-low 1.93 ERA, while Callicutt (6-2) is right behind at 2.94 ERA.
-    Roberts is an impressive 11-3 with 74 strikeouts in 78.2 innings of work. Two losses were against UNC and NC State.