Klingler, Peterson Lead Seven Big South Softball Selections

Head Coach Drew Peterson, Stephanie Jones, Brittany Arnn, Ericka Nesbitt, Raven Lee, Courtney Klingler, Courtney Roberts
Head Coach Drew Peterson, Stephanie Jones, Brittany Arnn, Ericka Nesbitt, Raven Lee, Courtney Klingler, Courtney Roberts

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Catcher Courtney Klingler (Alvin, Texas) was tabbed as Big South Freshman of the Year and Drew Peterson took the league's coach of the year honors on Wednesday night at the Big South Softball Awards Banquet at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.

Junior first baseman Raven Lee (Battleboro, N.C.) and sophomores outfielder Stephanie Jones (Black Mountain, N.C.) and shortstop Ericka Nesbitt (Salibury, N.C.) earned All-Conference First Team recognition, while a pair of talented rookies in pitcher Courtney Roberts (Simpsonville, S.C.) and Klingler were named to the league's second and freshman teams. Senior pitcher Brittany Arnn (Danville, Va.) was the Camels' representative on the Big South All-Academic team.

"I am very proud of the individuals that were honored tonight because they had very consistent and productive seasons for us," said three-time coach of the year (Atlantic Sun (2x), Big South) Peterson. "It is a great honor that our players were recognized by the league's coaches for their contributions during the season. In such an outstanding conference, any recognition like this is well deserved."

The five combined all-conference first and second team selections ties the program record that was set following the historic 2009 season (Atlantic Sun: First – Karlie Love, Brittany Stanley; Second – Robin Leathers, Hilary Wheatley, Amanda Miller). It was the first time the Camels received three players on the first team, since having four selections in 1994 (Big South – Sara Goodman, Christine Hornak, Michelle Little, Denise Simmons).

For the second-consecutive season, Campbell saw a freshman, Klingler, garner the league's top honors for a first-year player after Jones was named co-freshman of the year last season. Klingler had a fantastic rookie campaign posting a .341 avg., 12 home runs and 50 RBI, while guiding the team's pitching staff.

She rose to the occasion in conference play, leading the Camels by batting at a .373 clip and driving in 27 runs. The Alvin, Texas, native was tabbed as Big South Player of the Week on Mar. 18 and also caught 13 base runners attempting to steal, while picking off another three.

The second-most RBI (65) and homers (17) in a single-season in Campbell history have been tallied by Lee, a first-team performer for the first time in her career after earning second-team recognition last year. Lee was named Big South Player of the Week on two occasions and ranked in the top five in the league in homers, RBI, total bases (109) and slugging (.690).
The Battleboro, N.C., native compiled a .323 batting avg., while notching 16 multi-hit and 19 multi-RBI games. She posted a .986 fielding pct. in her first campaign at first base after serving as the team's designated player in 2012.
Earning first-team recognition for the second time was Jones, who put up a .383 avg. and drove in 34 runs during the campaign. The Black Mountain, N.C., native hit 11 doubles and seven homers on a career-best 69 base knocks.
She stole 20 bases and posted a nine-game hit and 13-game reached base streak. Jones registered 19 multi-hit and nine multi-RBI games.
After picking up second-team honors as a freshman, Nesbitt earned the nod on the first team at shortstop after tallying a .430 avg. and .471 on-base pct., while swiping a team-high 22 bases. She showed more power in her second season with the Camels by posting a .500 slugging pct., including eight doubles and a grand slam.
Nesbitt drove in 13 runs during the conference slate. The Salisbury, N.C., native recorded a team-high 20 multi-hit games and reached base in each of the first 19 games of the season.
Roberts, who finished second in the league with 18 wins, was tabbed to the second team. The Simpsonville, S.C., native totaled 129 strikeouts in 151.2 innings pitched, while earning a 3.14 ERA.
In league games, she went 10-1, picking up 10-straight wins to end the season with a conference-best 77 strikeouts in 79 frames worked and 2.66 ERA. She tied a program-record with 12 strikeouts on Mar. 30 against Liberty.

Arnn, who was named to the Academic Team, has been recognized as a three-time NFCA Scholar-Athlete, two-time Atlantic Sun Academic Team and the 2012 Big South Presidential Honor Roll. She posted a 6-8 mark in the circle along with a team-low 2.53 ERA, while fanning 78 in 91.1 innings pitched.

The Danville, Va., native will finish her career inside the program's top 10 in saves (8), appearances (99) and strikeouts (250). She is set to graduate on May 11 with a degree in Kinesiology, while maintaining a 3.75 grade-point average throughout her scholastic career.

No. 2 Campbell begins the Big South Championships on Thursday at 5 p.m. against No. 7 Gardner-Webb at Terry Field in Rock Hill, S.C.

2013 Big South Postseason Awards

First Team All-Conference
Kori Nishitomi, OF, Longwood
Katie Zavodny, OF, Liberty
Stephanie Jones, OF, Campbell
Raven Lee, 1B, Campbell
Samantha Meenaghan, 2B, Gardner-Webb
Ericka Nesbitt, SS, Campbell
Kory Hayden, 3B, Coastal Carolina
Megan Baltzell, C, Longwood
Kiana Quolas, P, Coastal Carolina
Rachael Walters P, Radford
Brooke Short, DP, Longwood
Marci Christian, UTL, Charleston Southern
Second Team All-Conference
McKenzi Corn, OF, Winthrop
Jana Matthews, OF, Charleston Southern
Morgan Eye, OF, Radford
Morgan Baker, 1B, Gardner-Webb
Carly Adams, 2B, Longwood
Emily Murphy, SS, Longwood
Stephanie Sbardella, 3B, Charleston Southern
Courtney Klingler, C, Campbell
Courtney Roberts, P, Campbell
Ashley Bagwell, P, Coastal Carolina
Chelsey Schoenfeldt, DP, Winthrop
Cat Tarvin, UTL, Presbyterian College

All-Freshman Team
Courtney Klingler, C, Campbell
Courtney Roberts, P, Campbell
Emily Murphy, SS, Longwood
Rachael Walters, P, Radford
Briana Chiusano, OF, Coastal Carolina
Carly Adams, 2B, Longwood
Emily Naegele, C, Radford
Erin Ruff, DP/UTL, Presbyterian
Morgan Noad, C, Coastal Carolina
Becky Mantel, CF, Radford
Kassidy McCoy, 3B, Liberty
Casey Burns, 1B, Radford

All-Academic Team
Brittany Arnn, P, Campbell
Jennifer Giles, P, Charleston Southern
Kiana Quolas, P/OF, Coastal Carolina
Savannah Burns, SS, Gardner-Webb
Megan Robinson, 2B, Liberty
Amy Putnam, OF, Longwood
Morgan Durham, 2b, Presbyterian College
Ryndee Ruch, OF, Radford
Chelsey Schoenfeldt, P/DP, Winthrop

Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Savannah Burns, Gardner-Webb
Player of the Year – Brooke Short, Longwood
Pitcher of the Year – Kiana Quolas, Coastal Carolina
Freshman of the Year – Courtney Klingler, Campbell
Coach of the Year – Drew Peterson, Campbell