For Immediate Release
May 3, 2018
Cameron University Athletics
Kenton Means – Sports Information Director
LAWTON, Okla. – The Cameron University softball team is set to face off against the rest of the Lone Star Conference Tournament as they open up with a first round matchup against No. 15 Tarleton State on Friday at 1:30 p.m.
Against the Field:
The first round of the league championship begins with a matchup between Texas A&M-Commerce and Texas A&M-Kingsville, followed by CU’s battle with the TexAnns. The second round will have the two seed West Texas A&M taking on the winner of game one, while the winner of CU’s first round game will face the number one seed and host Angelo State in the final game of the day at 6:30 p.m. The LSC Final, which will be between the winners of the two second round games, will take place on Saturday starting at 2 p.m.
Cameron has gone 4-11 against the rest of the tournament field, including 1-2 records against both TSU and ASU, who are on the CU side of the bracket.
About the Aggies:
The Aggies enter postseason play with a 30-17 overall record and a 17-13 conference mark, which earned them the fifth seed in the conference tournament. They were also ranked No. 6 in the final NCAA Division II South Central Regional poll that was released on Wednesday of this week. CU ended the regular season winning one out of three games at No. 6 Angelo State.
As a team, the Black and Gold are batting .286 with 239 runs scored, 62 doubles, six triples, and 45 homers. They have also broke a program record with 102 stolen bases this season, which is third base in the LSC. Brenna Busby leads CU with a .365 batting average, and ranks top-10 in the conference in home runs, stolen bases, walks, and runs scored per game. Annie Combs (.331) and Callie Busby (.321) are also hitting over .300 for the Aggies, with Combs leading CU with 12 doubles and C. Busby leading the team with 36 RBI.
Cameron’s pitching staff ranks fourth in the conference with a 2.66 ERA, third in shutouts, and fourth in strikeout-to-walk ratio. Rylee Willmon and Bethany Hines rank in the top-10 in the LSC in almost all of the pitching categories, as Willmon owns a 2.18 ERA and a 16-8 record with 97 strikeouts in 154.1 innings pitched, while Hines is 13-7 with a 2.66 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 134.1 innings in the circle.
Across the Diamond:
Tarleton State softball is having maybe their best year in program history, posting a 46-8 record and a 23-7 conference mark during the regular season. They are also ranked No. 15 in the nation and No. 5 in the region, while riding a nine game win streak into the LSC Championship. TSU ended the season with a pair of three game conference sweeps against Midwestern State and UT Permian Basin.
The TexAnns are third in the LSC with a .352 batting average and have scored 365 runs and have 67 home runs on the season. Tanna Huie leads TSU and is fifth in the conference with a .416 batting average, while five other batters are hitting over .300 for Tarleton State. Georgia Cappell is ranked in the top-10 of the LSC in doubles (17), home runs (16), RBI (48), and runs scored per contest (0.94), while Megan Durante is no slouch either, batting .392 with 51 runs scored and 47 RBI.
In the circle, Tarleton State owns an LSC second best 2.20 era with 294 total strikeouts in 347.1 innings pitched. Megan Rosewell leads the team and is second in the conference with a 1.67 ERA, going 17-1 with 51 strikeouts in 104.2 innings. Jordan Withrow, who has been named LSC Pitcher of the Week four times this season, owns a 2.29 ERA and 220 strikeouts in 192.1 innings of work.
If Cameron wins their first round battle against the TexAnns, they will have to face off against No. 1 seed Angelo State, who went 45-7 overall and 23-3 in the LSC this season. The Rambelles are led by two of the best pitchers in the nation in Brandy Marlett and Morgan Hill, while Taegan Kirk leads them offensively with a .420 average and 59 RBI.
Sports Information Director