Campbell hits .833 to keep Scots' USA South record unscathed; earns Player of the Week

Campbell hits .833 to keep Scots' USA South record unscathed; earns Player of the Week

Maryville College's Taylor Campbell was named the USA South Player of the Week this week, as she aided the Scots in keeping their conference record unblemished.

Campbell – an Afton, Tenn. native – led Maryville to a sweep of league foe Berea College on Sunday afternoon.

The reigning USA South Rookie of the Year went a combined 5-for-6 with four RBI, three runs and two doubles against the Mountaineers.

"Ever since her freshman year, she's just such a consistent hitter," Head Coach Leah Kelley said. "She's one of the – it not the – toughest outs I've ever seen. I know and her whole team knows that when she gets in the box, something going to happen. She's going to put the ball in play, and she's going to come up for her team. She's not big on individual awards, but she's just big on wanting to do well for her team. That's what makes the phenomenal athlete that she is."

Campbell hit .833 with a .875 on-base percentage. The second baseman slugged 1.167.

She was crucial in helping the Scots earn their sixth-straight USA South sweep. MC currently holds first place in the USA South Western Division, ranking as the only unbeaten squad across the conference's softball slate.

"She's a huge part in that," Kelley said. "It's big for us as a team, because that's one of our goals – to lead the conference. She's a big part of that – just her presence. Take away her offensive statistics, and she's still a crucial part of this team just because of her character and the person that she is."

Campbell led the Scots to their 20th win this weekend, making it the fourth-straight 20-win campaign for the Scots. That's the second-longest streak of 20-win seasons in school history, as MC tallied seven-consecutive 20-win campaigns from 2002-2008.

Campbell led the Scots to a 10-0 win in five innings during the first game against Berea on Sunday. The sophomore went a perfect 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBI. She also had a double in the win.

During the day's second game, Campbell helped to clinch the sixth-straight victory for the Scots, 10-2, in six innings. She went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run. The sophomore also added a double, as she and Alexus Murrah (4-for-4) had seven of the Scots' 17-hit attack.

On the season, Campbell leads the USA South with a .542 batting average and 45 hits.

"That's huge, just being a sophomore and put up those types of numbers," Kelley said. "She did it last year, and it goes back to her just being consistent. She doesn't try to do too much, and she's one of the most disciplined players. I think she's harder on herself than I could ever be. That's what makes her so successful. She's just consistent."

Campbell has a team-leading 32 RBI, 15 walks and six home runs. She also leads Maryville with a dozen doubles with a .904 slugging percentage.

The infielder has 16 runs scored this year with a stolen base.

Campbell will look to lead the Scots on Wednesday, April 10, as they take on USA South foe Covenant College. The games have been moved to Wednesday from Tuesday due to pending weather.

First pitch for the Battle of the Scots doubleheader is set for 3 p.m.