Feb. 4, 2013
Big South preview
With Campbell's Michael Felton
By Phil Stanton
Felton (left) is a senior infielder from Tempe, Ariz. He had an
All-American season in 2012, batting .424 with 12 doubles, 52
runs and 45 RBI. Felton set Big South Conference and Campbell
single-season records with 103 hits. He also set program marks
with 87 singles and 243 at-bats. Felton earned all-conference
and all-state honors as well as being recognized as an
Felton hit .374 at Gateway Community College in
2011 with seven doubles, three triples, 40 runs and 38 RBI. He
went 21 of 24 on stolen base attempts. He first team All-Region
and helped the Geckos reach their first-ever NJCAA Division II
In 2010, Felton batted .495 at Southwestern
Oklahoma with 18 doubles, three homers, 51 runs and 50 RBI. He
posted a slugging percentage of .661 and on-base percentage of
Felton is projected to continue his success, as
he was named to the 2013 NCBWA Preseason First Team All-America
1. How did seasons at Southwestern Oklahoma
and Gateway CC prepare you for your first year at Campbell?
The biggest thing I took away from Southwestern
Oklahoma was the ability to play every day earlier in my college
career. I was lucky enough to start as a freshman and learn from
the mistakes and successes I had. At Gateway, I had a great
coach who helped me a lot with my defense and the metal side of
baseball that is often times overlooked.
What were the biggest factors to your success at the plate in
I think the biggest factor last year was being
able to play with a short memory. No matter what the outcomes
were of my at-bats, I didn’t let it affect the next one. Another
big factor was playing with such a talented team; baseball
becomes a lot easier when the guys around you are successful and
keep you relaxed and motivated.
3. What were the keys to the Camels reaching a
school-record 41 wins a season ago?
The keys factors to getting to 41 wins this year
will depend on our pitching and defense. As long as we can take
care of the baseball and limit our mistakes we will be in every
game and have a chance to win.
4. What are your personal goals for 2013?
I want to win the Big South Championship and get
a chance to play professional baseball. That aside, being a
senior and my last year of collegiate baseball, I really just
want to enjoy every minute of it.
5. What does Campbell have to do this year to
reach the NCAA Tournament?
We need to play good baseball and keep in mind
that the college season is a marathon not a sprint. From the
beginning of the season we need to build and continue to get
better as the year goes on. I believe that if we do that we will
have a good chance to get to a regional.
(photos courtesy of CU Media