College Spotlight: Laken Chambers seeing success on the diamond at UNG
Laken Chambers, a Union County native (Class of 2017) was a first-ballot BLITZ Hall of Fame inductee after a stellar career with the Lady Panthers softball program.
Chambers left Union County as one of the top two-way players in school history. She was a dominating presence both in the circle and at the plate since day one, becoming a rare four-year impact player. Her career batting average of .360 consists of 14 homeruns and 117 RBI. In the circle, she went 69-31 with a 1.50 ERA and 515 strikeouts and four saves. She owns the single-season and career RBI mark at Union County.
At the next level, she has already played incredibly well in limited action as a true freshman for one of the nation’s top teams (#2-ranked). The Saints are 43-2 overall on the season, and Chambers has been able to log some innings in the circle and at-bats at the plate.
Her .700 batting average shows that she’s more than capable of hitting at this level, even at a smaller sample size (7-for-10). She has five RBI, five runs and three doubles to her name, adding in a stolen base.
She’s appeared in 12 games pitching, starting once to the tune of a 0.71 ERA in 25.1 innings of work. She has a 2-0 record, recording 22 strikeouts to date.
It’s no surprise to see Chambers do so well at the next level, as she was a premiere top-notch two-way player at Union County.
She hit .362 with 2 homers and 19 RBI as a senior, going 15-7 with a 1.45 ERA and 130 strikeouts. Her junior year (2015) was better, as she hit .444 with 5 homeruns and 38 RBI, going 18-8 with 3 saves and a 1.33 ERA to go with 145 strikeouts. As a sophomore in 2014 she also hit .330 with 4 homers and 36 RBI while going 23-8 with a 1.54 ERA and 141 strikeouts. This came after her freshman year that saw her hit .343 with 3 homeruns and 24 RBI, going 13-8 with a save and a 1.97 ERA with 99 strikeouts.
Chambers, winner of three BLITZ POW awards, was also back-to-back winner of the BLITZ Softball Player of the Year award for her sophomore and junior seasons and led the Lady Panthers to state all four years, including an Elite 8 run and a pair of Sweet 16 appearances. Chambers (66 votes, 30.1%) got in the BLITZ Hall of Fame in her first try.