Campbell opens NISC play Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Caroline Smith (Keith Lucas photo)
Caroline Smith (Keith Lucas photo)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Following a second place finish in the regular season, Campbell softball is set for its first postseason action since 2009, when it opens play in the inaugural National Invitational Softball Championship.

The Camels will be open play against Iona at 1 p.m. at Kamphuis Field in Lynchburg, Virginia. With a win, Campbell will advance to the 4 p.m. game against top-seeded Ohio. A loss bumps the team to the first elimination game of the regional at noon on Wednesday against the loser of Liberty vs. UNCW (Tuesday at 7 p.m.).

Except Ohio, Campbell has faced each team in the regional at least once this season. Campbell last played Ohio in 2012, a 6-4 victory for CU in Buies Creek.

Regional play begins at 1 p.m. in Lynchburg, Va. and will continue through Thursday. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.

Campbell Fighting Camels (29-27)

  • Campbell enters the 2017 NISC having dropped five in a row, with its last win April 26 at home against North Carolina State, 7-4. CU, the No. 2 seed, went 0-2 in the Big South tournament, with losses to Longwood (8-4) and Winthrop (13-5).
  • Amber Schisler continues to lead the Campbell offense with a .437 batting average and 18 home runs. She is a perfect 6-for-6 in her last five games along with 15 walks.
  • Schisler has 52 total walks on the season, which is tops in a Campbell season, breaking the previous record held by Courtney Quinn (39).
  • In the circle, Katie Baker continues to lead the staff with a 3.34 ERA. She has a 15-10 record in 39 appearances, along with 110 strikeouts.
  • The last postseason appearance for the Camels came in 2009 when Campbell won the A-Sun Championship and went to the Chapel Hill regional. CU fell to No. 14 UNC 21-2 in five innings and 9-5 to Radford.
  • With a victory, Campbell will clinch an above .500 season and head coach Todd Bradley will clinch his first 30-win season as Campbell's head coach.

Iona Gaels (26-22)

  • Campbell took both games against the Gaels in the second weekend of competition at the USC Upstate/Furman Invitational. CU won game one 10-2 and game two 2-0.
  • Kristen Turner paces the offense for Iona with a .350 batting average, 15 doubles and 10 home runs. She also has 43 RBI on the year.
  • Marisa Gergel (.310) and Ashlyn Morris (.304) also have a batting averages above .300 for the Gaels.
  • Alana Evans has a 2.55 ERA in 28 appearances for Iona, with a 16-6 record. She has fanned 156 batters in 151 innings. Marnie Skinner has a 2.83 ERA for the team in 25 appearances with 78 strikeouts.
  • Iona went 0-2 in the MAAC Championship as the No. 1 seed.

Ohio Bobcats (39-16)

  • The last meeting was Feb. 17, 2012, a 6-4 win for the Camels. Erika Nesbitt and Raven Lee led the Camels offense and Brittany Arnn pitched a complete game in the win.
  • Ohio is led by Mikayla Cooper's .356 average at the plate. She's posted a team-high 17 doubles on the year along with a pair of triples.
  • Morgan Geno leads the team with 10 home runs and 45 RBI. Taylor Saxton and Deanna Cole combine for 34 stolen bases on the season.
  • In the circle, Savannah Jo Dorsey has a team-best 1.16 ERA in 36 appearances. She has a 23-8 record with 27 complete games along with 337 strikeouts.
  • Ohio fell to Kent State in the Mid-American Conference championship series.

Liberty Flames (38-21)

  • Liberty took 2-of-3 from Campbell in their Big South series in Buies Creek, April 1-2. Campbell claimed game one 5-4, but dropped the second and third games of the series 11-1 and 4-3.
  • Tori Zavodny posted a .394 batting average on the year, one of seven Flames batters to post a .300 or better batting average.
  • Freshman Amber Bishop leads the team with 13 home runs along with 59 RBI.
  • Jasmeen Click led the Flames with a 22-for-26 mark on the base paths. As a team, Liberty stole 89 bases on the year.
  • Julia DiMartino has a 1.99 ERA in 37 appearances for Liberty. She has 161 total strikeouts in 172.2 innings of work, pitching 15 complete games.
  • The Flames fell to the Longwood Lancers in the championship game of the Big South tournament.

UNCW Seahawks (33-18)

  • Campbell and UNCW posted 13-inning marathon in Wilmington, March 22, a 1-0 win for the Seahawks. The two sides went 13 innings in 2016 (March 29, 2016), a 4-3 win for UNCW in Buies Creek.
  • Rachel Willis leads the UNCW offense with her .353 batting average, along with a team-high 37 RBI. She's one of three batters with nine doubles on the season.
  • Merritt Wilkinson's seven home runs is tops on the team, followed by Willis and Hannah Adamczyk's five home runs each.
  • Peyton Jordan has a 1.66 ERA and a 15-8 record in 29 appearances. She's thrown 181.1 innings and has 120 strikeouts on the year. Sarah Davis also has 15 wins on the year and has a 3.24 ERA, second best on the team.