Gardner-Webb 2, Charlotte 0
Baker's blast was her third of the season, and drove in senior Lindsea Hutchinson, who drew a two-out walk for the Runnin' Bulldogs in the bottom of the sixth of a scoreless game.
Gardner-Webb starter Jessica Childers (5-8) pitched 6.0 shutout innings and allowed just one single, before giving way to redshirt-senior Cindy Boomhower for the final three outs. Childers fanned three batters in the game.
GWU sophomore Samantha Meenaghan snagged a blooper just over her head at second base after a leadoff walk brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the seventh, and doubled off Charlotte's Samantha Slade for a nice double play in support of Boomhower.
Charlotte got a two-out double from Jackie Kleinsmith, but Boomhower recovered with a groundball to end the game and record her third save of the season.
Kleinsmith (1-for-3, 2B) and Lexi Betancourt (1-for-2) had Charlotte's lone two hits.
Betancourt (12-9) took the mound loss for the 49ers, striking out six and walking two.
Gardner-Webb collected five hits in the game, with Baker 2-for-3, with a home run and two RBI. Meenaghan was 1-3, while senior catcher McKenzie Morenus (1-for-2) and Melinda Dulkowski (1-for-2) also had hits for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Charlotte 8, Gardner-Webb 5
Charlotte plated five runs in the top of the sixth in the nightcap of Wednesday's doubleheader to spark an 8-5 win over Gardner-Webb.
Charlotte jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second, but saw Gardner-Webb rally to tie the score with single runs in the second and third. Freshman Amanda Gomes belted an RBI double down the line to trim the lead to 2-1 in the second, and Morenus singled home Meenaghan in the third for the tie.
The 49ers went on top 3-2 in the fourth, getting an RBI single from Briana Gwaltney with two outs, but Gardner-Webb would surge on top with a pair of runs in the fifth. Meenaghan led off the frame with a single and scored when Savannah Burns fly ball to right was dropped. Burns advanced all the way to third on the play, and scored on an RBI fielder's choice from Morgan Baker for a 4-3 lead.
Charlotte's rally in the sixth included four hits, including RBI knocks from Kalie Lang and Chelsea Lisikatos. Samantha Slade and Jessie Fennell drove in runs with walks, as the 49ers drew four free passes in the frame. All five runs came with two outs in the inning.
Gardner-Webb struck back with a run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 8-5, but a play at the plate negated a potential sixth run to keep the Charlotte lead at three runs.
The Runnin' Bulldogs got a runner on board in the bottom of the seventh, but could not get any more runs across.
Charlotte starter Katie Watkins (7-10) went the distance for the victory, striking out four and pitching around seven hits and five walks.
The 49ers collected 12 hits, with Lindsay Holloman (2-for-3), Lisikatos (2-for-4, RBI) and Hayley Lewis (2-for-4) leading the way.
GWU's Childers (5-9) took the loss in 0.2 innings of relief, allowing four runs on two hits and three walks. Alyssa Gutierrez (3.0 IP, 2 runs, 3K) and Boomhower (3.1 IP, 2 runs, 2K) also pitched for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Gardner-Webb had seven hits in the game, with seven different batters collecting on each. Savannah Burns, Morenus, Baker and Gomes each drove in runs.
Gardner-Webb (18-22) will return to conference play this weekend, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will travel to Rock Hill, S.C. to do battle with the Lady Eagles of Winthrop. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00pm and then the third and final game on Sunday at 2:00pm.
Liberty 9, Hampton 8
Liberty scored eight runs during the second inning, propelling the Lady Flames to a 9-6 win over the Hampton Lady Pirates in game one of a doubleheader on Wednesday at Lady Pirates Softball Stadium.
The Lady Flames (14-23) have won four games in a row, while the Lady Pirates are now 13-24 after sustaining their sixth straight defeat.
Liberty recorded 11 hits, including three each from Meredith Crisante and Kaylee West. Crisante, West and Jill Stephens all drove in two runs apiece. Eight different Lady Flames crossed the plate during game one.
Chandler Ball evened her season record at 7-7, allowing four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, striking out five. Alyssa DiMartino picked up her first save of the year with 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief.
Nina Ferguson, Kelsei Saunders and Brooke Boykin registered two hits apiece, with Boykin collecting a double and scoring two runs for Hampton.
Travonna Byrd (6-12) allowed nine runs on 11 hits during her complete-game effort.
After Byrd retired the Lady Flames on three groundouts in the top of the first inning, Ferguson walked to open the bottom of the frame and moved to third base with two outs. However, Ball was able to get Margaret Wilkins grounded out to close out a scoreless first inning.
The Lady Flames broke the game open by scoring eight runs during the second inning. Shivock drove in Crisante with a bases-loaded single, plating the first run of the uprising. West sent a two-RBI single to right, and Allen scored on an error, upping the visitors' advantage to 5-0. Stephens plated a pair of runs with single, to extend Liberty's lead to 7-0 with nobody out. She then scored on a Crisante single, giving the Lady Flames an 8-0 advantage.
The Lady Pirates answered with two outs in the bottom of the second. Shine Huwe reached base on an error, and Boykin followed by singling up the middle. Huwe and Boykin both scored on a throwing error, trimming the deficit to 8-2 before a strikeout quelled the rally.
West hit a triple off the right-center wall during the third frame, but stranded during Liberty's half of the inning. Ball allowed one hit to the Pirates, and the 8-2 game went to the fourth stanza.
Ball pitched a 1-2-3 fourth inning to keep the score at 8-2. A scoreless fifth frame followed.
In the sixth, Stephens walked with one out, and advanced to third on a single by Law. An infield single by Crisante plated Stephens to build the Lady Flames' lead to seven at 9-2. Liberty threatened for more runs, but Hampton allowed no more runs to score during the frame.
Hampton recorded five singles during the bottom of the sixth, including back-to-back RBI base hits by Boykin and Adrianna Scott. Rebecca Magett singled to left with the bases loaded, drawing Hampton within four, 9-5. DiMartino then entered the game as a relief pitcher, and the hosts scored one more run before a groundout ended the sixth with Liberty ahead, 9-6.
Shivock hit a triple to lead off the seventh inning, and remained on base as the next three Lady Flames recorded outs. Hampton sent just three batters to the plate during the seventh, and DiMartino closed the book on Liberty's 9-6 victory.
Hampton 5, Liberty 3
Liberty battled back to within one run, 4-3, in the top of the fourth inning, but the host Hampton Lady Pirates held on for a 5-3 win in Wednesday's nightcap.
The Lady Flames (14-24) had won their last four games prior to the loss to Hampton. The Lady Pirates now hold a 14-24 record on the season.
Sammi Shivock was 2-for-3 with one run scored, while Kelly Strickland and Bridgett Woods each went 1-for-3 with a RBI. Strickland's RBI, the 141st of her career, moved her into a tie for third place in program history with Jessica Moore (2005-07).
Alyssa DiMartino (7-15) allowed five runs in four innings of work, while Grace Nordan finished out the game by yielding one hit in two innings of relief.
Margaret Wilkins batted 3-for-3 for Hampton, while Nina Ferguson went 2-for-3. Rebecca Magett led the Lady Pirates with two RBIs. Jailynn Jackson (8-12) earned the win, allowing three runs on four hits in seven innings.
Host Hampton went into the lead with a four-run first frame. With runners on the corners and one out, Shine Huwe plated Bre'Anna Brown with a squeeze bunt. After an RBI single by Margaret Wilkins, Magett drove in two runs to stake the Lady Pirates to a 4-0 lead.
During the top of the second, Kaylee West drew a walk and Shivock followed with a single to right. Woods then doubled to left center field to bring home West to make the score, 4-1. Two runners remained in scoring position, when a popout ended Liberty's second at bat.
Katie Zavodny reached on a throwing error as the first batter in the third inning, and was caught stealing. Jenny Law walked with two outs and was left on first when the inning concluded.
DiMartino pitched a scoreless third inning, yielding just one base hit, as the score remained 4-1.
Liberty added two runs in the top of the fourth. West drew a leadoff walk, and Shivock followed with a single to center. Amber Donovan then moved both runners up one base with a sacrifice bunt. After West scored on a wild pitch, Strickland plated Shivock with a single, trimming the Lady Flames' deficit to one.
After Adrianna Scott was hit by a pitch to open up the bottom of the inning, Ferguson doubled to the gap. Scott was thrown out trying to score on the play. Brown then drove in Ferguson with a single to extend Hampton advantage to 5-3.
Following a 1-2-3 Liberty fifth inning, Grace Nordan came on in relief of DiMartino. Nordan struck out one batter and kept the Lady Pirates off of the scoreboard.
The Lady Flames went in order on three flyouts in the sixth inning. Liberty's catcher, Donovan, threw out two attempted base stealers during the bottom of the frame, leaving the ledger at 5-3.
Liberty went in order on a strikeout and two flyouts in the seventh inning, as Hampton captured the 5-3 victory.
The Lady Flames will begin a three-game Big South series against Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C., with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00pm. Sunday's game between Liberty and the Chanticleers will begin at 1:00pm.
Virginia 7, Radford 1
Radford 12, Virginia 1
Freshman Micalah Sacre went 4-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI and also struck out eight in the circle keying Radford to a game two 12-1 win and a split on Wednesday evening from the Park. The Wahoos (20-18) took game one, 7-1, behind Melanie Mitchell's one-hitter.
Playing in front of several family, friends and former teammates from nearby Orange, Sacre matched two program records with a pair of two-run long balls and 10 total bases. She was also dominant in the circle, striking out eight and allowing a run on three hits.
The Highlanders (22-12) scored in each of the five innings and registered season highs in hits (12) and runs.
Sacre's first shot of the night highlighted a three-run first when she sent the ball over the centerfield fence for a quick 2-0 lead. Sophomore Jessie Hutchens lofted a sac fly to center for a 3-0 advantage.
Back-to-back jacks including Sacre's second in as many at bats and fifth of the season, doubled Radford's lead to 6-0 in the second. With two outs, Sacre got a hold of one and deposited into the trees in left. Senior Vicki Madden followed with a laser to dead center.
Madden finished 2-for-3 with a double, home run, two RBI and two runs. Senior Nichole Beall scored three runs and was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI.
Junior Jess Agee added another two-out run with a RBI double to left center in the third. Agee also walked twice and scored a pair of runs.
Two more runs crossed the plate in the fourth as Madden roped a RBI double off the centerfield fence and pinch runner Mo Hepner scooted home on a wild pitch.
Radford ended off the night with three more in the fifth as Sacre capped of her perfect 4-for-4 night with a RBI single, which was preceded by Beall's two-run triple. It was the first four-hit game for a Highlander this season.
The Wahoos tallied their only run in the third as Taylor Williams chopped an RBI single to left, but she was gunned out at second after Madden cut off the throw and threw a strike to second, ending the frame.
Melanie Mitchell held Radford to one-hit and struck out nine and Stephanie Harris was 2-for-3 with a home run as Virginia took game one, 7-1.
The Highlanders' lone hit came off the bat of senior Hannah Ojeda, a single in the third.
In the second, Virginia tallied the first run on a RBI single to center by Marcy Bowdren. A pair of bases loaded walks, combined with another free pass, error and single led to two more Wahoo runs in the fourth.
Set up by a dropped fly ball by the leftfielder, Radford executed a steal of home on a first and third situation to get on the board in the sixth.
Virginia got that run back and three more in the bottom half of the sixth. A sac fly by Giannina Cipolloni after Kennedy Bixby tripled with one out pushed the lead to 4-1. Stephanie Harris' two-out three-run long ball made it a 7-1 ball game.
Junior Jackie Jenkins suffered the loss in 4-plus innings of work as she surrendered three runs, two earned on four hits. She struck out one and walk four.
Radford heads home this weekend for a three-game series with Presbyterian. The squads will play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 14 and one on Sunday, both beginning at 1:00pm.
Western Carolina 4, Winthrop 3
Winthrop 6, Western Carolina 5
The Winthrop Softball team split two close games with Western Carolina, losing the first game 4-3 and winning the second game 6-5, Wednesday afternoon at Terry Field.
The Eagles improved to 14-28 on the year. The Catamounts dropped to 14-26.
In game one, Western Carolina got on the scoreboard first in the top of the third. Amelia Griffin got the rally started with a two out single up the middle and a stolen base. Jordan Fulton came up next and reached on an infield single to put runners on first and second base for Erin Foster, the Catamounts' best hitter. She singled through the right side to load the bases. Morgan Wyatt hit a ground ball to Alex White at third base that took a bad hop to score Griffin and put her team in the lead 1-0. Schoenfeldt got out of the inning by getting Amber Steinhardt to ground out.
The bottom of the Catamounts' lineup combined to add another run in the top of the fourth inning. Kelly Braman led off the inning with a double down the right field line. She advanced to third on a ground ball to White. She scored on a hard shot from Megan Crowe toKristy Noble at second base. With the run, the Catamounts took the lead 2-0.
The Eagles answered back in the bottom of the fifth inning with three runs on three hits to take the lead 3-2. Mel Andrea drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Sara Allen. With two outs, Megan Chapman came through a single up the middle to score Andrea and advanced to second base on the throw home. She scored on a double off the wall from Mckenzi Corn to tie the game. Corn scored on a hard shot through the left side from Noble to put the Eagles in the lead.
Eagle pitcher, Chelsey Schoenfeldt, held the Catamounts in the sixth and recorded a quick strike out to start the seventh inning before Western Carolina scored two runs on three hits with two outs to take back the lead 4-3. Griffin singled to left field with one out to start the rally, her third hit of the day. She got out at second on a ground ball from Fulton to Noble at second base. Fulton reached on the fielder's choice and advanced to second after Foster walked. Wyatt singled up the middle to load the bases for Steinhardt. She hit a shot to left center that slipped through the legs of Corn to score Fulton and Foster.
Schoenfeldt pitched seven innings allowing three earned runs on 10 hits with a walk and eight strikeouts, but fell to 5-15 on the year.
Natalie Becker started the second game in the circle for the Eagles and gave up one run on two hits after recording two quick strike outs in the top of the first. Foster got the Catamounts offense going with a double down the left field line. Wyatt followed with a walk to put runners on first and second for the hero of the first game, Steinhardt. She hit a fly ball just out of the reach of Noble to score Foster to give Western Carolina an early 1-0 lead.
The Catamounts were able to add another run in the top of the second inning. Becker struggled to find the strike zone issued a lead-off walk to Haley Pace who advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt from Chastain. She advanced to third and scored on back to back wild pitches from Becker. Makenzi McAteer drew the second walk of the inning and advanced to second base on a bunt from Griffin. She stole third base but was stranded there after Fulton fouled out to left field.
Western Carolina scored again in the top of the third inning off the bat of Foster. She led off the inning with a huge solo home run over the center field fence to put her team in the lead 3-0. Becker settled down and got Wyatt, Steinhardt and Braman out to end the inning.
Winthrop's offense exploded in the bottom of the third inning and scored five runs on four hits to take the lead 5-3. Durante led off the inning and reached after getting hit by the pitch. Chapman advanced her to third with a double to right center. Corn singled up the middle to score Durante and Chapman. She advanced to second base after Noble drew a walk. Schoenfeldt singled through the right side to load the bases with no outs for Blea. Blea drew a walk to score Corn and tie the game. After both Andrea and White reached on fielder's choices, Wright came through with a two RBI line drive single to right field to put the Eagles in the lead.
The Catamounts threatened in the fourth inning but Becker got out of the jam with the help of her defense. Pace singled through the left side to lead off and got to second on another bunt from Chastain. McAteer popped out to Chapman for the second out and Durante made an incredible diving catch on a gap shot from Griffin for the third out of the inning.
The Eagles added another run to their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Chapman singled to left field and got to second on a sacrifice bunt from Corn. She came around to score on a double from Noble to make the score 6-3.
Becker's struggles continued in the fifth and sixth inning but she managed to get out of a couple of jams and hold the Catamounts to three runs until the seventh inning. Foster led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Ashley Jones, pinch hitting for Wyatt, drew a walk to put runners on first and second base. Steinhardt, representing the tying run, fouled out to Blea behind the plate for the first out of the inning. Braman followed with a single through the left side to load the bases. Foster scored on a wild pitch from Becker to make the score 6-4. Becker then walked Pace to load the bases again and was replaced by Schoenfeldt. Schoenfeldt gave up one run but struck out Crowe looking to end the game and get the save for the Eagles.
Becker earned the win and improved to 8-12 after allowing four runs on seven hits with eight walks and four strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Schoenfeldt earned her first career save as she recorded the last two outs of the game.
On the day, Chapman and Noble each had three hits. Noble also had two RBIs along with Corn and Wright. Blea and Schoenfeldt each recorded two hits in the second game. Chapman has now hit safely in six straight games while Corn and Noble have five-game hitting streaks.
The Eagles will look to take this momentum into their doubleheader against Gardner-Webb on Saturday, April 14, at 1:00pm.
N.C. State 3, Campbell 2
N.C. State 3, Campbell 0
Campbell's softball team (20-22) lost a pair of close games by scores of 3-2 and 3-0 in its doubleheader against North Carolina State (21-22) on Wednesday, April 11, at Dail Stadium.
Sophomore Olivia Scarborough (4-3) took the loss in the first game for the Camels. She went six innings and allowed three runs (two earned). The win was earned by Morgan Peeler (7-7). Peeler allowed five hits and two runs in throwing the complete game. Freshman Julia Callicutt (5-5) was tagged with the loss. She only allowed three hits but walked nine and also hit four batters. The win was earned by N.C. State's Emily Weiman (13-14). Weiman threw the complete game shutout and struck out eight CU batters.
The Wolfpack scored first with two in the opening inning of game one. Landon Warren, Renada Davis and Bethaney Wells all singled. Warren scored the first run on the bases loaded walk to Scout Albertson. Leah Jones drove in the second with her ground out.
The Camels answered with a run in the top of the second. Senior Christina Melton reached on a fielder's choice and wheeled around the bases to score from first on sophomore Shaela Churchill's double.
Senior Taylor McGee singled with two outs in the sixth, but could get no farther as the next batter flew out to right field.
The Wolfpack added an insurance run in the sixth inning as a pass ball allowed pinch runner Kelsey Hoover to score from third.
Churchill continued her strong hitting with a solo home run in the seventh inning. The home run was her first of the season and the first of her career. Freshman Ericka Nesbitt then reached on a two-out error and junior Sarah Forgacs walked to move the tying run into scoring position. Freshman Stephanie Jones followed with a one-hop bullet to third that was fielded and thrown to first for the final out of the game.
The second game started as a similar story as the first contest with the Wolfpack scoring a pair in the opening inning. Warren drew a lead-off walk. Renada Davis also walked with one out to put runners on first and second. After another strikeout, Scout Albertson pushed a double to the gap in right to score Warren and Davis with the first two runs of the game.
CU picked up the team's first hit of the game on McGee's single in the second inning. McGee singled again for Campbell in fourth, but was again stranded.
The Wolfpack added a run to the lead in the fifth inning. Albertson was hit by a pitch to start the frame. A walk moved her to second. A ground out moved pinch runner Katie Mansilla to third and she came in to score the third run on Sara Lippard sacrifice fly.
Campbell keeps the road trip going and gets back in league play with three games against Charleston Southern starting on April 13 at 2:00pm.