The Tarleton-West Texas A&M rivalry is back in Stephenville. The No. 19-ranked Tarleton TexAnns are set to host the No. 6-ranked West Texas A&M in a three-game series this weekend. The games not only pair two of the nation’s top 20 teams but also set up a series between the No. 3 (WT) and 4 (Tarleton) teams in the South Central regional rankings. The series will begin Friday at 6 p.m. and close out with a Saturday doubleheader at 1 p.m.
STEEL CITY POPS AND FREE HOT DOGS
On Saturday, Tarleton Athletics will welcome Steel City Pops to the games. The ice cream will be on sale to fans for both games and the Texan Club will be on hand to give away free hot dogs prior to the game while supplies last.
This weekend is senior weekend for Tarleton. The TexAnns will recognize their five seniors – Elizabeth Svienty, Lexi Grimaldo, Amanda Conner, Tanna Huie and Karli Herron – at the completion of the series.
There will be live stats, radio and video available for the games, courtesy of the home team. Casey Hogan will have the call on the flagship station of the Tarleton Sports Network presented by the North Texas Ford Dealers – 90.5 FM in Stephenville – and online at TarletonSports.com/ListenLive. 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.
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 among the top-10 national leaders in five different statistical categories. She leads the nation in home runs (17) and RBI (62) and is No. 7 in the nation in home runs (0.36) and RBI (1.32) per game. She is also No. 2 in the nation in total bases (126).
CHASING THE HOME RUN RECORD
Georgia Capell has already moved into sole possession of second place on the Tarleton home run list with 34 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. Arianna Rodriguez is the program’s all-time home run leader with 41. With 17 home runs this season, she is also closing in on the single-season home run record (18) set by Rodriguez in 2012.
SINGLE-SEASON RECORD CHASING
Last weekend, Capell broke Tarleton’s single-season record for RBI (62). She is the only player in program history to drive in 60 RBI in a single season. She is also in pursuit of five other program records – runs scored, slugging percentage, doubles, home runs and hits. She has a team-high 20 multi-hit games and 18 multi-RBI games on the season.
THE NEW QUEEN OF Ks
Jordan Withrow became Tarleton’s new strikeout queen by passing Carla Gesslin (521) for the all-time record last weekend in Portales. Withrow enters the weekend series with 533 strikeouts, including 178 this season.
LAST TIME OUT
Tarleton handled Eastern New Mexico in a road sweep. The TexAnns outscored the Greyhounds 23-1 in the series, including a 13-0 shutout in game two. Georgia Capell was awarded the LSC Hitter of the Week award after hitting .583.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Tarleton and West Texas A&M have squared off 42 times since WT added softball in 2006 and the TexAnns have won 19 of them. Tarleton is 11-5 all-time in Stephenville. This will be only the second series between Tarleton and West Texas A&M played in Stephenville since 2012.
UP NEXT FOR TARLETON
Tarleton has secured a berth in the Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament next weekend. The single-elimination tournament will be held at the home of the league’s regular-season champion, which will be decided this weekend when the three-way tie between Texas A&M-Kingsville, Texas A&M-Commerce and West Texas A&M will be broken. For more information on the Tarleton Softball program, follow @tarletonsball on Twitter.