KINGSVILLE – For the second consecutive season, Jordan Withrow has been named the Lone Star Conference Academic Player of the Year as the junior from Trenton was one of seven Tarleton Softball players recognized at the league’s annual postseason banquet Thursday.
Withrow, a junior pitcher from Trenton, earned the league’s top academic honor for the second straight season. She is the only player in program history to earn the Academic Player of the Year award, which was started in 2000. She was also named to the Academic All-LSC team alongside teammate Georgia Capell. The academic award is the first for Capell.
In addition to their work in the classroom, Withrow and Capell took their place on the All-LSC First Team for the second consecutive season alongside Tanna Huie and Destiny Crumpley. Huie joins Withrow and Capell with their second straight first-team selection while Crumpley earned her first career award.
Withrow was the league’s preseason pitcher of the year and lived up to the hype despite battling back from offseason surgery. She led the league in strikeouts for the second straight season as the only pitcher in the Lone Star Conference with over 200 punchouts (202), which is 17 more than the second-highest pitcher. She boasted an ERA of 2.00 in 164.1 innings of work while twirling eight shutouts, including her first two career no-hitters.
Withrow was also the only TexAnn to be recognized with an LSC Gold Glove. She finished the regular season with a 1.000 fielding percentage on 18 chances. She had one putout and 17 assists from the circle.
Capell, a sophomore from Midlothian, continues to make Tarleton history as the first player in program history to earn All-LSC First Team honors in her first two collegiate seasons. Capell is already leaving quite the impression on the Tarleton Softball program hitting .404 in her record-setting second season. She leads the nation with 18 home runs and 67 RBI, both of which are Tarleton single-season records. She is also in pursuit of four other single-season offense records.
Huie, a senior from Paris, joins Withrow and Capell on the league’s first team for the second straight season. She leads Tarleton with a .408 batting average at the end of the regular season, which is the fourth-highest in the Lone Star Conference. Huie has 19 extra-base hits, including 13 home runs, and 41 RBI. She is also second in the LSC in on-base percentage (.527).
Making her debut on the LSC All-Conference team is designated player Destiney Crumpley. A junior from Little Elm, Crumpley was one of two designated players recognized with a league award and she took home the top honor as a first-team selection. Crumpley hit .336 in her first season as a full-time starter with six doubles, eight home runs and 41 RBI.
Also earning all-conference recognition were Amanda Conner, Karli Herron and Morgan Ling. Conner and Herron were named to the league’s second team while Ling earned third-team accolades.
Conner, a senior from Allen, started a career-high 50 games in her senior season and hit .331 for Tarleton with 51 RBI, which is the third-most in the Lone Star Conference. Conner has 11 doubles and 11 home runs for Tarleton.
Herron, a senior from Hot Springs, Arkansas, racked up her second consecutive All-LSC Second Team. She hit .329 for the regular season and was top power-hitting third baseman in the league. Herron led all of the LSC’s hot corners in runs scored (44), home runs (14), RBI (34) and total bases (97).
Morgan Ling rounded out the Tarleton accolades with her first career conference award. The junior from Waco was named an All-LSC Third Team utility player. Ling, who spent her first two seasons as a backup infielder, stepped up to fill the role for Tarleton behind the plate. Ling hit .291 in 44 starts behind the plate with seven doubles and 19 RBI.
Tarleton will begin the Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at Hubert Field in Kingsville against No. 5-seed Cameron. A live radio broadcast can be heard on the Tarleton Sports Network presented by the North Texas Ford Dealers. Live stats and video will also be provided. Links can be found on the Tarleton Softball schedule at TarletonSports.com.