FRESHMAN SEASON (2013)
Recorded one of the best freshmen seasons in school history ... hit .311 during rookie campaign ... marked just the sixth time a Red Raider starting freshman had hit .300 or better in a season ... joined Mikey Kenney (2010), Stephanie Drewry (2009), Ashley Parker (2004), Sandy Butler (1998), and Paula Workman (1997) has the only starting freshmen in school history to hit over .300 ... did so while starting in all 56 games ... started 34 games at second base and the other 22 at shortstop ... one of three Red Raiders to start and play in every game ... big part of an offense that hit .301 as a team, marking just the second time in school the Red Raiders have surpassed the .300 mark ... finished with 47 hits while scoring 34 times ... totaled 58 bases off six doubles, a triple and a home run ... also reached eight times via walks and once by a hit by pitch for a .350 on-base percentage ... her 34 runs scored ranked fourth on the team ... quick on the bases with eight stolen bases off nine attempts ... only struck out 15 times on the year, second-lowest total for a Tech position starter ... recorded 10 multiple-hit games and five multiple-RBI performances ... notched her first career hit Nov. 10 with a single against DePaul ... followed up with her first career multiple-hit game a few days later with a 2-for-3 performance on Feb. 15 against Colorado State ... connected on a season-high three hits Feb. 22 against Texas State ... was the first of four games with three hits on the season ... also totaled three hits against McNeese State (March 1), Seton Hall (March 15), and Baylor (May 4) ... ended the year with 19 RBI, six of which that came in back-to-back days against IPFW and UMKC ... drove in what amounted to be a season high three RBI against IPFW on March 9 and then followed up with another three RBI the following day against UMKC ... played two runs off a third-inning single against IPFW ... was the second of three game-winning RBI performances ... two runs against UMKC came off a second-inning solo home run ... marked her first collegiate home run ... IN BIG 12 PLAY ... led the Red Raiders with a .275 batting average during league action ... finished 14-for-51 at the plate with eight runs scored, a double and a triple ... posted a .327 on-base percentage and a .333 slugging percentage ... added five RBI from the bottom part of the lineup ... totaled three multiple-hit games ... went 2-for-3 in the second game of the Iowa State series (April 20) ... finished with five hits in the season-ending Baylor series ... went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the series opener and then 3-for-4 with a RBI in the finale ... marked her lone multiple-RBI game during conference play ... performance in the finale pushed her over a .300 season average as she entered with a .299 clip for the year ... started the final 14 games of the year at shortstop ... AWARDS AND HONORS ... recognized for work in classroom as part of Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team ... one of 383 conference student-athletes honored across all sports ... was just one of 22 freshmen recognized for a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
TEMECULA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Four-year letterwinner with the Golden Bears ... was one of the top middle infielders in the state of California out of high school ... helped lead Temecula to the playoffs in each of her final three seasons ... squad was the CIF Division II runner-up in 2010 ... received numerous all-league and scholastic honors during her four seasons ... hit .408 as a senior with a .415 on-base percentage despite working through two injuries during the year ... had previously hit .470 as a junior with eight doubles and 35 runs scored ... earned defensive MVP and offensive MVP team honors during her career ... played on the 2012 Riverside County All-Star team ... graduated summa cum laude ... member of the school's distinguished honor roll and principal's golden honor roll.
Played for the Next Level travel team out of California ... team won the 2011 16U ASA Nationals ... also won the 16U state championship in 2011 ... followed that by claiming the 18U Champions Cup in 2012.
Samantha Camello ... born Oct. 11, 1994, to parents Mike and Sue Camello ... has four older siblings, Michael, Jessica, Jim and Matt ... older sister Jessica starred at San Diego State from 2008-11 where she still ranks among the school's all-time greats in both batting average and on-base percentage ... general studies major.