Longwood returns its full four-player pitching staff for the 2017 season. Led by senior Biz McCarthy and sophomore Sydney Gay, the Lancers boast a pitching staff that finished 2016 among the top 25 in the NCAA with a 2.29 team ERA.
Back-to-back Big South Pitcher of the Year Biz McCarthy enjoyed another stellar season in the circle for the Lancers in 2016, going 19-10 with a 2.53 ERA. Throughout the season, McCarthy notched 180 strikeouts, fourth all-time in single season K's at Longwood. In addition, she became the second pitcher at Longwood to record at least 500 strikeouts in her career, joining Briana Wells.
Coming off a phenomenal freshman season that saw her earn second-team All-Big South accolades, Sydney Gay looks to replicate her success in 2017. After a season in which Gay burst onto the scene in 2016, going 20-8 in the circle and leading the Big South with a 1.93 ERA. As a rookie, Gay tied for 10th on Longwood's all-time charts in single season victories and was fifth in program history in single season strikeouts. In addition, the Carrollton, Va., product ranked inside the top-10 among rookies in the NCAA with her 1.93 ERA
After transferring into the program from UNLV prior to the 2016 season, Sydney Mundell was used as a relief pitcher for the Lancers.
Jenna Carnes heads into her senior campaign in 2017 as Longwood's most-experienced pitcher. A product of Six Mile, S.C., Carnes has won six games throughout her three years with a 5.40 ERA.