Tarleton Softball heads south for Monday doubleheader

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THE GAMES
Tarleton will play its second straight Monday afternoon doubleheader when the TexAnns head to Laredo for two games against Texas A&M International at 12 p.m.

GAME COVERAGE
There will be live stats and video available for Monday’s games, courtesy of the home team. Direct links can be found on the Official Tarleton Sports App, Game Day preview story and Game Day graphics on Tarleton’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, as well as on the team schedule page at TarletonSports.com. Follow @TarletonSports or @tarletonsball on Twitter for links to coverage. Fans can also have access to all the links for every game by downloading the TarletonSports mobile app for iOS and Android.

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SCHUTT SPORTS/NFCA DII PLAYER OF THE YEAR TOP-50 WATCH LIST
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association released its annual Top-50 Watch List for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year Thursday afternoon and Tarleton State University has two players to keep an eye on – Georgia Capell and Tanna Huie. The top 50 list is comprised of returning NFCA All-Americans from last season and a slew of players submitted by head coaches and selected by the NFCA Division II All-America committee. They are the second and third players in Tarleton history to be named to the Top-50 Watch List, joining Katelyn Conlee in 2016.

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
Jordan Withrow and Georgia Capell have been named 2019 Preseason All-Americans by Fastpitch News (FPN). 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). 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.

WITHROW TABBED PRESEASON PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Jordan Withrow was named the LSC Preseason Pitcher of the Year after a sophomore campaign where she was the LSC Pitcher of the Year, an NFCA All-Region Second Team selection and FastpitchNews.com Honorable Mention All-American. Withrow went 26-6 in the circle with 221.1 innings of work and 252 strikeouts, becoming the first player in program history to strikeout 200 in a single season.

CHASING THE HOME RUN RECORD
Georgia Capell has established herself as one of the elite power hitters in the country over her young career. The sophomore has already moved into sole possession of fourth place on the Tarleton home run list with 28 career long balls. She is three home runs away from moving into a three-way tie for second-most in program history with Samantha Swanda and Alicia Petersma (31).

CHASING THE QUEEN OF Ks
Jordan Withrow has moved into third place in Tarleton history in total strikeouts, becoming the third player in school history to strikeout over 400 batters in a career. She goes into the week with 455 career punchouts and is second in program history. Only Hall of Famer Carla Geeslin (521) has more career strikeouts.

LAST TIME OUT
Tarleton swept a pair of doubleheaders to win four straight games heading into Monday’s twin bill. The TexAnns started their week by blasting McPherson College in Stephenville last Monday and then going on the road to take two from Southwestern Oklahoma. Tarleton improved to 21-8 on the season with those wins.

INSIDE THE SERIES
Tarleton leads Texas A&M International 19-9 since 2008. The TexAnns have won eight of the last 10 since 2016, including a 6-0 shutout of the Dustdevils in Houston earlier this season.

UP NEXT FOR TARLETON
Tarleton will host MSU Texas in a crucial Lone Star Conference series in Stephenville this weekend, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. For more information on the Tarleton Softball program, follow @tarletonsball on Twitter.

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