Elon Women’s Softball Travels to Campbell

Posted by Press Release on February 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

ELON, N.C. – The Elon University softball team will play its first midweek game of the season as the Phoenix travels to Campbell for a contest against the Fighting Camels on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Live Coverage
Fans can follow the Phoenix via live stats by going to the Elon softball schedule page at elonphoenix.com. Twitter updates will also be provided the handle @ElonScores or @ElonUSoftball. Live audio of the game is also being provided through Campbell’s website at gocamels.com

Series History
Prior to Wednesday’s contest, the Phoenix and the Fighting Camels have met on the diamond 30 times in a series dating back to 1993 in the fast-pitch era. Elon trails Campbell 7-22-1 all-time, including a 3-0 loss last weekend at the Hatter Invitational.

Last Time Out
The Phoenix split its games at its second early-season tournament of the year, the Hatter Invitational, this past weekend, Feb. 14-15. Elon won both of its contests against Bethune-Cookman, including an 8-7 come-from-behind win against the Wildcats in extra innings on Saturday. Freshman Alaina Hall hit a walk-off two-RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to give the Phoenix its fifth win of the year and head coach Kathy Bocock her 50th at Elon. Hall and senior Lauren Oldham were later named to the Hatter Invitational All-Tournament team.

Scouting the Phoenix (5-2-1)
Bocock became the second-fastest coach in program history to reach 50 wins in the fast pitch era and has 287 career victories. She also has posted a mark of 19-9-1 in the month of February in her three years at the helm of the softball program.

Elon currently has three players hitting .400 or better in Hall, Carleigh Nester and Emily Cameron. Hall paces the team in batting average with a .450 clip (9-for-20) along with a pair of doubles and a triple. Nester is not far behind while batting .440 with a team-best 11 hits. She also recorded her first double of the season last week, the 41st of her career to move into sole possession of fourth place all-time in school history.

Cameron continues to provide the Phoenix with power at the plate, leading the team in home runs with five while posting an average of .429. She also has a team-high 11 RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.143.

Four pitchers have seen time in the circle for the Phoenix this season with each picking up at least one win. Caitlin O’Shea threw well in relief on Saturday, earning the victory over Bethune-Cookman. The junior has a 0.91 ERA on the young season while freshman Alli Burdette has a team-best 2-0 record so far this year.

Scouting Campbell (4-4)
The Fighting Camels also split its games at the Hatter Invitational last weekend, losing to Stetson and Bethune-Cookman to begin the tournament, but rebounded with two straight wins to close out the tournament.

A member of the Big South Conference, Campbell is hitting just .243 in its eight games this season, but Stephanie Jones has provided an offensive boost to its lineup. The junior has a .370 average and a team-high 10 hits and seven runs scored this year to go with five RBI.

In the circle, Courtney Roberts has seen the most time for the Fighting Camels with 23.2 innings of action. The sophomore has a 3.25 ERA and is one of four hurlers on the squad with a win this year.

On Deck
Elon welcomes opponents to Hunt Softball Park for the first time this season as the Phoenix hosts its first home tournament of the year, the Phoenix Opening Tournament, this weekend, Feb. 21-23. Niagara, Saint Joseph’s, UMBC and Iona make up the field this weekend.

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