The old adage that everything is bigger in Texas is certainly true of the 2018 DII softball season. Take, for example, the insane home run numbers coming out of the Lone Star State, with six of the top 15 leading sluggers in DII softball hailing from Texas. To put it in perspective, seven different states round out the remaining nine spots, with those six Texas players combining for 120 home runs.
There's a reason pitchers don't mess with Texas.
Here's a look at each one:
West Texas A&M’s dynamic duo
The Lady Buffs lead DII softball with 1.94 home runs per game. That’s thanks to a combined 50 home runs from Ashley Hardin and Kylee Moore. With 25 home runs apiece, the duo is tied for second in DII softball behind the all-time home run queen, Southern Arkansas's Brooke Goad.
Mariah Jameyson, Texas A&M-Commerce
The Lions reeled off 39 wins en route to their second NCAA postseason, establishing a program record along the way. They can thank Jameyson and her unbelievable season for those results.
The senior catcher trumped her outstanding Second-Team All-American 2017 campaign by a wide margin. Jameyson .530 batting average is second in all of DII softball as are her 1.112 slugging percentage and 80 RBI. She’s slugged 22 home runs so far, good for fifth-most in DII softball.
Georgia Capell, Tarleton State
2018 Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year goes to Georgia Capell! Congrats G! pic.twitter.com/Z9fSM9uFfz— Tarleton Softball (@tarletonsball) May 4, 2018
Capell sure made her presence felt right from the start of her career. The TexAnns slugging infielder leads the team in home runs with 16 while she's also tops in doubles giving her an impressive .805 slugging percentage. After going quiet for a bit in the middle of the season, she caught fire again in April, smashing home runs in four-straight games.
The good news for Tarleton State is that Capell is only a freshman. Capell is one of three freshmen in the top 20, each with 16 homers, but she is the lone member representing Texas.
Morgan Dufour, Lubbock Christian
Karina Rocha, Angelo State
The Rambelles sophomore first baseman rounds out our list with 16 home runs of her own, the newfound leader of power on Angelo State. She had a torrid stretch in mid-February, slugging a home run in five-straight games. The Belles won yet another Lone Star Conference title and are heading to the NCAA postseason as a No. 1 seed. They'll need Rocha's big bat if they want to survive a brutal South Central Region, especially with the superpower Colorado Mesa possibly in their way of Salem.