Four Texans named All-WAC Honorable Mention after inaugural D1 campaign

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DENVER, Colo. – The postseason awards from the Western Athletic Conference were announced Wednesday morning and four Texan Softball standouts were among those recognized.

Georgia Capell, Katy Schaefer, Jordan Dickerson and Bailee Riggs earned All-WAC Honorable Mention honors for their efforts in the 2021 season.

Capell’s season was full of personal milestones as the round-two junior continued to rip up the Tarleton record books. After already entering the season as the program’s all-time home run leader, Capell became the school record holder in total bases and runs scored as well as moving up the charts in several other offensive categories including doubles, batting average and slugging percentage. With a grand slam against Grand Canyon, she became the first player in program history to hit 50 home runs in a career.

For the season, Capell hit .276 with 12 doubles, eight home runs and 26 RBI while slugging a team-high .506. She enjoyed a strong conference campaign, hitting .333 against WAC opponents with a .583 slugging percentage.

Schaefer made her presence known early and often throughout the campaign with a hot start, including Tarleton’s first home run of the season against then-No. 11 Oklahoma State. While holding down the hot corner for Tarleton, Schaefer hit .298 for the season with seven doubles, eight home runs and a team-high 35 RBI.

Dickerson played in 51 games this season and elevated herself into the middle of the Texan lineup by the time WAC play rolled around. The freshman two-bagger hit .274 for the season and .333 in conference play with a pair of walk-off base hits to lift Tarleton in two of its final five wins on the season. For the entire year, Dickerson had three doubles and three home runs with 15 RBI.

Riggs, a true freshman, forced her way into the lineup and never looked back. The outfielder from Keller led the team in hitting for the season with a .340 batting average (.375 in conference play) and 12 stolen bases in 46 games. She also boasted a flawless defensive outfield with a 1.000 fielding percentage in 38 chances.

Tarleton finished its first Division I season with a 17-36 record (5-12 WAC).

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