Camels open 4-0, earn Big South honors

Feb. 13, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

Campbell's softball team is off to its best start in eight seasons with a 4-0 performance in the Hampton Inn Invitational Friday and Saturday at CU.

The Fighting Camels swept Virginia (8-0 in five innings), St. Bonaventure (9-0 in five innings), George Washington (11-1 in five innings) and Seton Hall (7-6 in eight innings).

Campbell also collected two individual honors in its opening action of the season. Junior first baseman Raven Lee and sophomore pitcher Julia Callicutt were selected as Big South Choice Hotels Player and The Crons Brand Pitcher of the Week, respectively.

Callicut tossed the seventh no-hitter in program history, getting it against the Bonnies, and finished with a 2-0 mark on the weekend.

Lee posted a .500 average and slugged three home runs.

"Our team had a great start this weekend and there certainly were multiple players that contributed for us," said head coach Drew Peterson. "It is great to see two of our student-athletes being recognized by the conference. We worked hard throughout the year hoping that it will all come to fruition this season."

Leading the Camels' offense was Lee, who went 5-for-10 at the plate with three home runs and 11 RBI. The Battleboro native tallied her first multi-home run game against St. Bonaventure and added another homer in the opening contest versus Virginia.

"Gradually over her career, Raven has matured as a hitter and improved her pitch selection," said Peterson. "This weekend showed that she is very confident at the plate. She goes up there with the idea that she is going to be successful and that mindset is a big reason why she is so successful."

Lee registered a sacrifice fly on Saturday against Seton Hall and played a key role in the eighth by hitting a deep fly that allowed sophomore Stephanie Jones and senior Sarah Forgacs to advance to second and third with one out. Olivia Scarborough drove home Jones for the game-winning run against the Pirates.

In her no-hitter, Callicutt, an Asheboro native, fanned a career-high eight batters and yielded one walk in a 9-0 five-inning victory.

Campbell returns to the field on Friday in Athens, Ga., for the Georgia Softball Classic. The first day of the Classic pits the Camels against Middle Tennessee St. at 10 a.m. and Georgia at 3 p.m.