STEPHENVILLE – A week away from starting the 2019 season, Tarleton Softball is already racking up the accolades as Jordan Withrow and Georgia Capell have been named 2019 Preseason All-Americans by Fastpitch News (FPN).
“Obviously, I’m ecstatic for both of these young ladies,” said head coach Mark Cumpian. “In addition to being very talented student-athletes, they have also been incredibly hard workers since their first days on this campus. They deserve to be proud of this honor, but if I know them, they won’t be satisfied with it.
“Preseason honors are based off the previous season and both of these girls want to be even better in 2019,” he added. “I’m excited to see the fruits of their labor after this season.”
Withrow was named an All-America Second Team pitcher while Capell earned honorable mention honors.
Withrow is coming off the best year of her brief Tarleton career as a sophomore in 2018. As a sophomore, Withrow was an honorable mention All-American by FPN and the Lone Star Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year. She also earned all-conference and all-region recognition and was named the LSC Academic Player of the Year. Last spring, she became the first Tarleton pitcher in program history with over 200 strikeouts in a single season (252).
She went 26-6 from the circle with a 2.88 ERA in 221.1 innings of work.
Capell made quite the impression as she became the first freshman in program history to be named an All-American. She earned third-team honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). In her debut season, Capell was named the South Central Region and Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year as well as all-conference and all-region.
She hit .397 and led the team with 20 doubles and 17 home runs while driving in 53 RBI.
Withrow and Capell led Tarleton to it first-ever 50-win season last spring as the TexAnns advanced to the South Central Region Finals for the second time in school history. Tarleton will open the 2019 season Friday, Feb. 1 in Conroe at the Scrapyards against St. Mary’s.