Campbell's .600 average, 1.200 slugging percentage earns USA South Rookie of the Week

Campbell's .600 average, 1.200 slugging percentage earns USA South Rookie of the Week

Maryville College's Taylor Campbell earned USA South Rookie of the Week honors, as the Scots went 6-0 on the week.

Campbell was one of a trio of awards, as MC took three of the four USA South weekly softball awards. Nicole Blackburn earned USA South Pitcher of the Week, as Katlyn Smith was named USA South Rookie Pitcher of the Week to sweep the pitching awards.

Campbell, a freshman at second base, hit .600 on the week, while blasting two home runs and six doubles.

"That's basically what she's been doing all year," Head Coach Leah Kelley said. "All of our hitters are seeing really good pitches, and Taylor, especially, she's swinging at good pitches. She's seeing the ball really big right now, and she's making solid contact. The ball is finding the hole right now."

Campbell helped the Scots to the perfect mark, as they outscored opponents 64-0 on the week. In USA South play, MC has posted a 92-2 score while rolling off 90 unanswered runs in their last eight games.

Campbell was a key part to that success, as she had eight RBI and seven runs on the week. The Afton, Tenn. native tallied a 1.200 slugging percentage in her last six games.

"She's just a freshman, and she hits the ball harder than I've ever seen – Division I coaching to Division III coaching," Kelley said. "She swings it hard, and the ball comes off her bat so hard. That's where she gets all her extra-base hits. She's just hitting it so hard. She's a great kid, first off, and it's good to see her having some success at the plate."

In an 11-0 rout of LaGrange, Campbell posted a 1-for-3 effort. She added an RBI, while recording one of her six doubles on the week. In game two of the series, she followed the same patter, as the Scots won 6-0. The freshman standout went 2-for-3 with an RBI double.

Campbell's biggest game of the week came in a 4-0 blank of Covenant. She went 3-for-4, as she tallied two doubles and a home run in her three hits. She had an RBI and a run scored in the four-run game, before 2-for-4 in the nightcap. Campbell had two RBI and a run plated in the second game, while tallying her fifth double in the last four games.

On Sunday, the second baseman helped Maryville to a 31-0 sweep of Berea. In a 15-0 first game, Campbell went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. She blasted her second home run of the week, while recording a sacrifice fly.

In the 16-0 second game, Campbell notched her sixth double of the week, as she went 2-for-3. She had two runs scored.

On the season, Campbell is hitting .420 to rank second on the Maryville College squad. Her team-leading .812 slugging percentage ranks her second within the USA South, as the second baseman has had 11 doubles, two triples and four home runs on the year. She has 23 RBI and 15 runs scored, while ranking second on the Scots' squad with 29 hits.

"That's all her," Kelley said. "Out of high school, she was highly recruited. Luckily enough, she chose Maryville. She's just a freshman, and she has a lot of growth and a lot to learn from. It's exciting to see those types of numbers as a freshman, because she'll be here for the next three years after that. That helps with building a program, having a kid like her. It's not just on the field stuff. She's a great kid off the field, so that's the big part of it – she's even better off the field."

Maryville College steps out of USA South Athletic Conference play this week, as they travel to Claremont, Fla. for spring break. The Scots will play six games between March 21-23 on the spring break trip.