Tarleton heads to Odessa for three-game series at UT Permian Basin

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THE GAMES
Tarleton Softball returns to Lone Star Conference play as they travel to Odessa to play a three-game series at UT Permian Basin. The TexAnns will play the Falcons on Friday, April 5 at 6 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

GAME COVERAGE
There will be live stats available for the games, courtesy of the home team. UTPB does not have a live stream for the games. 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 @tarleton_sb 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.

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 earlier this season and Tarleton State University had 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.

AMONG THE NATION’S BEST
Georgia Capell has already established herself as one of the most dangerous hitters in the country in just her second collegiate season. Capell enters the weekend ranked in the national top 10 of five different statistical categories – including No. 1 in home runs (14), No. 2 in RBI (49), No. 5 in RBI per game (1.36), No. 6 in home runs per game (0.39) and No. 3 in total bases (99).

CHASING THE HOME RUN RECORD
Georgia Capell has already moved into a three-way tie for second place on the Tarleton home run list with 31 career long balls. She is one of four players in Tarleton history with 30 career long balls and joins Samantha Swanda (31) as the only TexAnns to hit 30 home runs in two seasons. With her next homer, she’ll move Swanda and Alicia Petersma (31) for sole possession of second place. Arianna Rodriguez is the program’s all-time home run leader with 41.

CHASING THE QUEEN OF Ks
Jordan Withrow has moved into second 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 weekend with 481 career punchouts and is second in program history. Only Hall of Famer Carla Geeslin (521) has more career strikeouts.

LAST TIME OUT
Tarleton split a Tuesday doubleheader with in-region rival St. Mary’s. The TexAnns shutout the Rattlers 8-0 in the opener to run their winning streak to a season-best 10 games before falling in the series finale.

INSIDE THE SERIES
Tarleton and UT Permain Basin have played 17 times entering the series and the TexAnns have dominated the series, going 17-0 against the Falcons since they first met in 2010. Tarleton is 7-0 at home, 7-0 on the road and 3-0 at neutral sites in the series. The last two games with the Falcons have been shutouts.

UP NEXT FOR TARLETON
Tarleton will return home for a three-game series with Texas A&M-Commerce, beginning Friday, April 12 at 6 p.m. in Stephenville. For more information on the Tarleton Softball program, follow @tarleton_sb on Twitter.

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