Each week in the Alumni Notebook, we highlight Softball Factory alums who are performing well at all levels of college softball.
Jordan Cargile – Cargile is a senior pitcher for the Delaware Blue Hens who has just been tabbed the Colonial Athletic Association Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second-straight week. She finished the final week of the regular season strong, going 4-0 while toting a 0.71 ERA in her five appearances. She allowed only two earned runs in the 19.2 innings she threw, striking out 11 batters along the way to a sweep of both Mount St. Mary’s and Elon. The Baltimore, Md. native commanded 61 strikeouts total on the season. The 2014 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament, the 2012 Ronald McDonald Tournament, the 2012 College World Series Select Training, a 2011 Softball Accelerated Hitting Weekend and an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Baltimore, Md. in November of 2011 are just some of the Softball Factory events Cargile has attended.
Navia Penrod – Penrod, a junior utility player for North Florida, has just became the first-ever Osprey to be earn Atlantic Sun Conference Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors after excelling at the plate and in the classroom. The Special Education major holds a cumulative GPA of 3.83 and a team-high on-base percentage of .477. She leads the ASUN in batting (.432), while tallying 25 runs scored, 70 hits, seven doubles, a home run, and 15 RBI on the season. The Naples, Fla. native and member of the 2018 ASUN All-Academic team took part in an Under Armour Softball Factory College PREP Program in Boca Raton, Fla. in January of 2014.
Kiarra Lincoln – Lincoln, a freshman infielder for the Hawai`i Hilo Vulcans, has just been dubbed the PacWest Player of the Week for finishing her rookie season strong with two multi-hit contests against the Chaminade Silverswords. She went 2 for 4 in both games, collecting a double, single and a walk while scoring twice in game one. In game two, she added another double and walk, while scoring three more times and launching a home run. Lincoln finished her first season as a Vulcan with a .308 batting average, 46 runs, 44 hits, two triples, three home runs and 17 RBI. She led the team in doubles with 14 on the year. The Keaau, Hawaii native attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Honolulu, Hawaii in August of 2015.
Staci Johns – Johns is a sophomore pitcher for the St. Mary’s Rattlers and has been awarded Heartland Pitcher of the Year honors for her commanding season in the circle that helped lead the team to their fourth consecutive regular-season conference title. The Biology major holds the top ERA in her conference (1.77) and has pitched in a conference second-best 162.1 innings this season. She has struck out 123 batters – 41 of them looking – and has held opposing batters to just hitting .222 at the plate. Her 17 wins are the second-most in the Heartland conference. The Elgin, Texas native has attended multiple Softball Factory events, including the 2016 Under Armour Softball Factory Mid America Championship, the 2015 Under Armour Softball Factory Southwest Championship and the Under Armour Softball Factory Holiday Classic of the same year.
Delaney Sylvester – Sylvester is a senior catcher for the Suffolk Rams who has just been announced as the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Year for her outstanding offensive efforts this season. Sylvester collected the most home runs (10) and RBI (45) in the league this season, along with owning the highest batting average (.467) in the GNAC, giving her the league’s offensive triple crown. The Biochemistry major has also scored 35 runs and recorded 57 hits and 10 doubles while only striking out twice. From behind the plate, she leads the Rams in putouts (223). The Worcester, Mass. native attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Marlborough, Mass. in April of 2013.
Taylor Campbell – Campbell is a freshman second baseman for the Maryville Scots who just became the first in Scot program’s history to be named USA South Rookie of the Year. As a rookie, she has seen action as a starter in all 41 games so far this season and has come to play at the plate. Currently batting .362 and slugging .623, the Scot has 27 runs, 47 hits, 15 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 35 RBI to her name in her first year with the team. Campbell has also earned both First Team All-Conference and First Team West Division honors at second base. The Afton, Tenn. native participated in the 2016 Under Armour Softball Factory Midwest Classic Showcase.
Melissa Eckman – Eckman, a junior pitcher for the Piedmont College Lions, has just collected her second consecutive USA South Conference Pitcher of the Year award making her the first player in the conference’s history to have won the award twice, along with Rookie of the Year honors. Her 2.49 ERA is the best on the Lions roster and she has struck out a total of 102 batters. The Perry, Ga. native has thrown 20 complete games, including five shutouts, and received First Team All-Conference and First Team West Division honors this season. Eckman took part in the 2015 Under Armour Softball Factory Summer Classic Showcase.