For Immediate Release
May 9, 2018
Cameron University Athletics
Kenton Means – Sports Information Director
LAWTON, Okla. – The Cameron University softball team faces a tough field as they begin the NCAA Division II South Central Regional against No. 10 West Texas A&M on Thursday in San Angelo, Texas.
NCAA Division II South Central Regional 2 Tournament
Mayer Field | San Angelo, Texas
Regional Tournament Page
Thursday, May 10th
Game 1: (3) West Texas A&M vs. (6) Cameron | 3:30 p.m.
Game 2: (2) Angelo State vs. (7) Colorado Christian | 6 p.m.
Friday, May 11th
Game 3: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner | 2 p.m.
Game 4: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser | 4:30 p.m.
Game 5: Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Loser | 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 12th
Game 6: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner | 1:30 p.m.
Game 7: Game 6 Rematch | 4 p.m. (If Necessary)
About the Aggies:
The Aggies enter the regional with a 30-18 overall record, and are coming off of a 3-0 loss to Tarleton State in the opening round of the Lone Star Conference Tournament last Friday. They face a regional that consists of two teams ranked in the top-10 of the NFCA DII Top-25 Coaches Poll and one that is receiving votes. CU enters the postseason batting .284 as a team, scoring 239 runs and recording 62 doubles, six triples, and 45 homers on the season. They also set a program record with 102 stolen bases in 2018. Cameron also boasts a strong pitching staff, combing for a 2.68 team ERA and 228 strikeouts in 316.1 innings in the circle.
First team All-LSC and second team All-South Central Region selection Brenna Busby leads CU with a .357 batting average, scoring a team best 46 runs while hitting 13 homers and collecting 32 RBI. She also leads the team with 20 stolen bases, which has her ranked in the top-10 in the conference in both long balls and steals. Her sister, and second team All-LSC selection, Callie Busby has the third best batting average on the team at .321, scoring 24 runs, hitting seven homers, and driving in 36. She has also started every game behind the plate for CU since stepping on to campus last year. Annie Combs, a third team All-LSC and second team All-Region performer, is second on the Aggie squad with a .338 average and has 21 runs scored, 12 doubles, eight homers, and 31 RBI on the season.
Cameron has a strong All-LSC one-two punch in the circle in Rylee Willmon and Bethany Hines. Willmon, a second teamer and LSC Co-Newcomer of the Year, has a 2.23 ERA with 100 strikeouts in 160.1 innings pitched. She owns a 16-9 record with two saves and an opponents’ batting average of .267. Hines, a third team selection, has a 2.66 ERA with 120 Ks in 134.1 innings in the circle. Hines is 13-7 on the year with three saves and a .247 opponents’ average.
No. 10 West Texas A&M (39-11):
The Lady Buffs enter the regional with a 39-11 record and are coming off of a second place finish at the LSC Championship, falling to Angelo State in the final 7-4. WT went 21-6 in the always tough LSC, including sweeping a three game series against the Aggies in mid-April. They are batting .359 on the season with 380 runs scored, 71 doubles, 26 triples, and 97 homers. West Texas also has a 2.54 team ERA with a combined 218 Ks in 314 innings pitched.
Nine Lady Buff hitters are batting over .300, with their top two hitters, Suka Van Gurp and Ashely Hardin each batting over .420. Hardin and Kylee Moore both have 25 home runs, which is second best in the Nation, while Moore is fifth in Division II with 65 RBI and Hardin is 10th with 61; they were both first team All-LSC selections. In the circle, Kilee Halbert is the team’s ace posting a 2.10 ERA with 144 strikeouts in 169.2 innings pitched. She has gone 21-7 on the season and is tops in the LSC with seven shutouts. WT had eight All-Conference selections, including four first teamers: Hardin, Moore, Halbert, and Shayne Starkey.
No. 6 Angelo State (47-7):
The Lone Star Conference regular season and tournament champions, Angelo State enters the NCAA postseason with a 47-7 record and on a four game win streak. They went 25-5 in conference play, and against the Aggies, they were 2-1. The Rambelles, who are led by LSC Coach of the Year Travis Scott, are hitting .335 as a team with 388 runs scored, 79 doubles, nine triples, and 68 home runs. While their offensive game ranks in the top-20 in the nation in multiple categories, their pitching is their strength. ASU has a combined ERA of 1.97 which is 19th best in DII, while ranking in the top-15 in shutouts and strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Comprised of nine All-LSC selections, Angelo State’s roster boasts eight players batting over .300. Teagan Kirk leads the way with a .432 average with 18 doubles, 14 homers, and 61 RBI. She along with Danae Bina, Brandy Marlett, and Morgan Hill were named first team All-Conference. Bina is batting .333 with 38 runs scored and a team best 26 stolen bases, while Madison Greenwell, who is batting .373 with 48 runs scored, is second with 25 stolen bases. Marlett, an LSC Co-Pitcher of the Year, is capping off her All-American career at ASU with a senior season where she has gone 23-3 with a 1.72 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 158.1 innings of work. She is paired with Hill, who has an ERA of 1.74 with a 22-4 record and 129 Ks in 152.2 innings, to form one of the best pitching staffs in the nation.
RV Colorado Christian (43-13):
The Cougars of CCU enter the regional with a 43-13 record, going 30-8 and placing second in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference; they lost in the conference championship final to the region’s No. 1 seed and No. 1 ranked team in the nation Colorado Mesa. An offensive powerhouse, the Cougars are batting .341 as a team with 363 runs scored, 89 doubles, 18 triples, and 51 homers. They have a team ERA of 3.71 with 304 combined strikeouts in 345 innings pitched.
Three CCU players are batting over .400, while six others are hitting over .300. Second baseman Charlotte Romero, a first team All-RMAC selection and former All-American, is batting .411 with 18 doubles and 35 RBI, while sophomore third baseman Stephanie Day, also a first team selection, is hitting .410 with 53 runs scored, 11 homers, and 58 RBI, which are all tops on the team. Kenzie Mattey is CCU’s top pitcher, going 25-7 with a 2.89 ERA and 179 Ks in 184.1 innings of work. Additionally, Jennifer Romero is 15-5 with a 4.77 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 108.2 innings.
The winner of the regional will face the winner of the other side of the bracket, which includes Colorado Mesa, Texas A&M-Commerce, Tarleton State, and Rogers State, in a best of three game Super Regional.
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