Written by Matthew Sokol, Campbell blog contributor
New players and new faces is one-thing fans will immediately notice entering the new season, this after graduating eight seniors from the 2015 squad. In total, 12 new players are joining the 2016 squad.
This year, Campbell was chosen to finish seventh place in the 2016 Big South Preseason Poll with 36 points and one first-place vote, while Longwood was projected to finish first overall.
The No. 7 ranking doesn’t discourage the Campbell staff, but instead, motivates them to get better each and every day on the field.
“We are just looking for us to come out and play good softball,” said head coach Todd Bradley. “It has been a long time and we are looking to get on the field without playing against ourselves again.”
Among the 12 new players arriving in Buies Creek, two rising stars to keep an eye on early in the season will be two transfers: Taesha DuBoise (Tallahassee CC) and Lizabeth McCurry (Chattanooga State CC), among the four total transfers.
DuBoise will be entering her junior year as a major piece in the Fighting Camels outfield this season. Back in 2012-13, DuBoise earned first-team all-region honors on the Woodland High school softball team, posting a .357 batting average with 39 runs scored this past season for the Tallahassee CC Eagles.
The Stockbridge, GA. native is majoring in communications while attending Campbell University and could provide an immediate spark for the Fighting Camels out on the diamond.
McCurry played her high school softball at TC Roberson High School in Asheville, N.C. where she played right and center field. Her team won the MAC Conference Championship all four years, earning first-team All-Mac Conference honors every season.
During her senior year in high school, McCurry posted 12 homeruns and notched 36 RBIs while hitting .539 on the season.
The Fighting Camels also welcome eight true freshmen to the team as well including Jessica Auld. Auld was athlete of the year for Dreher HS during the 2014-15 school year.
The Colombia, S.C. native won all-region honors three times as well as offensive MVP three times.
As the new players continue to find their role on the club, coach Bradley feels his squad has the depth to compete in the Big South.
“I think it is going to be exciting [with younger players coming in], we have a nice mix of speed and power,” said Bradley. “We have some new pitching arms that can help us [this season], and we are just looking to put a great product on the field.
“They are looking forward to being able to play here at home and show what they can do.”
Campbell Softball starts their slate this afternoon as they take on Delaware for a doubleheader in the Hampton Inn Invitational starting at 2:30 p.m. over at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium.