Campbell 12, Liberty 7
Senior Taylor McGee homered twice to tie the school's career home run mark and lead the Campbell softball team (27-26, 10-8 BSC) to a comeback 12-7 victory over Liberty (18-31, 9-12 BSC) in the series finale. The Camels won two of three games in the series over the weekend.
McGee's two home runs tie her with Shannon O'Bryan (2000-03) for the school mark at 40 each. Her two-homer game marked the first two homer game of her career. She is the 12th different CU player to have ever homered twice in the same game. Her three-hit game also tied her career-high.
The Camels' 12 runs in the game tied the team's season-high in the category. The 16 hits accumulated by the offense were a season-high. Nine different CU players recorded hits in the game with six players driving in a run.
Freshman Julia Callicutt (7-7) picked up the victory with 4.2 innings of relief work. She allowed five hits, five runs, walked two and struck out a pair in the game. The loss was taken by Liberty's Alyssa DiMartino (8-18).
The Camels fell behind early and scored all 12 of the team's runs over the last four innings.
The Camels picked up a pair of hits in the opening inning as freshman Ericka Nesbitt and sophomore Raven Lee singled up the middle, but both were stranded on a strikeout to end the frame.
Liberty used the long ball to score a pair in the first inning. Kelby Allen singled up the middle and came in to score on Meredith Crisante's two-out two run home run. The home run was Cristante's ninth of the year.
The Camels again put two runners on base in the second inning as senior Christina Melton walked and freshman Kerstine Womack reached on an infield single. And if not for the all out two-out diving catch in center field by Cristante off the ball hit from Sarah Forgacs the Camels would have scored multiple runs.
The Camels took the lead in the top of the third inning with three runs. McGee doubled and sophomore Shaela Churchill followed with a double of her own. After the next two were retired in order, freshman Kerstine Womack followed with a hit up the middle to plate McGee and Churchill. Womack took second on the throw home and third as that same throw went over the catcher's head. Junior Forgacs followed with a grounder to third that was thrown away to allow Womack to scamper home with the third run of the frame.
CU kept momentum going with a two more runs in the fourth inning. McGee homered to right field to start the scoring. The home run was her eighth of the season and 39th of her career. Churchill then doubled to right field and scored on freshman Erica Johnson's single up the middle.
Liberty made it a one-run game in the fourth inning on Sammi Shivock's sixth home run of the season with Allen on base.
CU answered with a four spot in the sixth inning. Womack started the frame with a single. The hit was her third of the game. A sacrifice bunt moved her to second. Nesbitt then walked to put runners on first and second. Freshman Stephanie Jones followed with a double to the gap in right center to score two. McGee then stepped to the plate and crushed a two-run home run to center field. The home run tied the Campbell career record and was her ninth of the season.
The Camels added three more runs in the seventh inning. Johnson punched a single to left field. Freshman Casey Taylor pinch hit and drove a single to right field. Womack then loaded the bases with the first walk of her young career. Fellow freshman Maggie Christopher pinch hit and hit a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in Johnson from third base. The RBI was the first in the career of the freshman. Nesbitt reached on a bunt single to load the bases again. After a fielder's choice ground out to the pitcher, freshman Camise Patterson unloaded on a sharp single to left field to scored Womack and Nesbitt.
The Flames got a few runs closer in seventh inning. Allen started the frame with her second home run of the season. Shivock followed with an infield single and scored on Cristante's double to left field. A wild pitch moved Cristante to third and she scored on Jill Stephens' ground out to make the final score 12-7.
Next Campbell returns home to take on Presbyterian for a three-game set from May 4-5 at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium starting with an 8:00pm game on Friday, May 4. The team will also honor its two seniors with a ceremony prior to the Saturday doubleheader starting at noon.
Liberty travels to Virginia Tech on May 1 to play in a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to start at 4:00pm.
Gardner-Webb 4, Radford 1
Radford 4, Gardner-Webb 1
On senior day, Radford Softball earned a split with Gardner-Webb after taking a 4-1 victory in game two, Saturday afternoon from RU Softball Field. The Runnin' Bulldogs ((25-25, 11-9 Big South) won the opener, 4-1.
Prior to the contest, the Highlanders' (29-18, 13-4) senior class consisting of Michelle Beall, Nichole Beall, Vicki Madden, Meredith Moore and Hannah Ojeda were recognized for their contributions to the softball program.
In the nightcap, freshmen Micalah Sacre and Emily Norton combined on the two-hitter in the 4-1 win. Norton earned her second save of the season with two innings of no-hit shutout relief. Sacre fanned eight and walked three in five-plus innings, improving to 8-6.
The Highlanders registered 10 hits led by the senior duo of Ojeda and Madden with two base knocks and one RBI apiece. Nichole Beall scored two runs and Moore added a pinch-hit single. Ojeda finished the day 4-for-6 with two RBI.
Madden gave Radford a quick 1-0 lead with a run-scoring single to right, plating Nichole Beall who reached on an error, stole second and was sacrificed to third by Ojeda.
McKenzie Morenus evened the score at 1-apiece for Gardner-Webb with a one-out solo shot over the centerfield fence in the fourth.
Just after Radford left the bases loaded with one out in the third, it broke the tie with two-run fourth, courtesy of three hits and a Bulldog miscue. After freshman Jackie Warr singled and Nichole Beall doubled off the top of the centerfield fence, Ojeda singled to the backhand side of the second baseman. Warr scored easily and Beall scooted home when the ball was booted away.
The Highlanders executed a first and third play to add a run in the sixth and go up 4-1. With two outs, Ojeda took off for second. As she was being run back to first, Eye broke for home and avoided the tag with a nice slide a quick reach to graze home plate.
Cindy Boomhower suffered the loss in the circle for the Bulldogs. In 3.2 innings of relief, she allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits with four strikeouts and one walks. Alyssa Guitierrez started and lasted 2.1 innings in which she gave up an unearned run on four hits. She also walked a batter.
A complete-game five-hitter from Jessica Childers and a three-run home run off the bat of Amanda Gomes lifted Gardner-Webb to a 4-1 victory in game one.
Childers allowed an unearned run on five hits, all singles with five strikeouts and one walk. Five different Runnin' Bulldogs recorded a hit and Samantha Meenaghan scored two runs.
Junior Jackie Jenkins suffered the defeat. She also went the distance surrendering two earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
The Highlanders got on the board in the third on a two-out RBI single by Ojeda. She knocked in junior Morgan Eye, who singled, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error.
Ojeda did record two of Radford's five hits.
Gomes' long ball quickly erased Radford's advantage, putting Gardner-Webb up for good, 3-1
The Runnin' Bulldogs added to the lead (4-1) with an unearned run on a 2-out RBI single by Morenus. Meenaghan, who reached on an error, scooted home from second with the fourth run.
The teams will conclude the series tomorrow at 1:00pm.
Presbyterian 11, N.C. A&T 9
Presbyterian 6, N.C. A&T 0
Kensley Loudermelk pitched a four-hit shutout to lead the Presbyterian College softball team to the 6-0 win over North Carolina A&T in the final home game of the season at the PC Softball Complex in Clinton, S.C. The Blue Hose survived a furious Aggie rally in the top of the seventh to come away with the 11-9 win in game one.
PC improved to 18-29 overall, while NC A&T dropped to 12-30.
The Aggies used a two run home run by Sabrina Edmonds in the top of the first to take an early 2-0 lead before PC spotted five in the bottom of the second to lead 5-2.
With one out, the Blue Hose recorded two walks to put runners on first and second. Rachel Hopper stepped up with a two-run triple, with Jill McLean sending her home with a triple herself. An Aggie error put Cat Tarvin on base and she came home for the fifth run with a base hit by Morgan Durham.
NCAT's Raven Smith hit a solo home run in the fourth to cut the margin to two. PC led off the bottom of the fourth with three straight singles to load the bases. A walk by Durham brought in one run, while a sacrifice fly by Leslie Hensley brought in another to make it 7-3 in favor of the Blue Hose.
The Aggies led off the top of the fifth with Erica Turner reaching base on a PC error. She plated after Detavia Kenan tripled to left field. Kenan scored the next at-bat off a sacrifice fly by Tranea Jones as NCAT made it a 7-5 game.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth, PC had back-to-back walks to put runners on first and second. Two batters later Lyndsey York doubled to right to drive in two runs. The next at-bat she advanced to third when Durham hit a single and scored off a NCAT error. Durham stole third and then scored on a wild pitch the next play to give PC the 11-5 lead.
After a quiet sixth inning by both teams, NCAT led off the top of the seventh with a hit by pitch. A double the next at-bat put runners on second and third with no outs. After a pop up to short for the first out, Jones was hit by a pitch to load bases. Edmonds singled through the left side to bring in a run and Smith doubled to right center to bring in two more. The fourth run came in the next at-bat off a single by Tiffany Macklin to make it 11-9 in favor of PC. The next two NCAT batters went down in order to end the threat and the game, however.
Hensley pitched a complete game and surrendered eight earned runs off 11 hits. She struck out six to go to 9-14 on the year.
Durham led offensively with a two-for-three effort and two RBI. She was followed by York who was one-for-one with two RBI as well.
After giving up a single to open game two, Kensley Loudermelk retired the next 15 of 17 batters and struck out four to hold the Aggies at bay through five innings. After giving up a single, just her fourth of the game, to open the sixth, she sat down the next five of six batters till the bottom of the seventh. Hensley came in relief to pitch for the final out of her final appearance at the PC Softball Complex. She forced a pop up to first for the final out of the series.
Tarvin recorded the 13th RBI of the season with a single up the middle that drove in Tera Powell, who had singled to third to open the bottom of the third, as PC took the 1-0 lead.
Jill McLean led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk. She came home off a RBI triple by Tarvin. A Durham single drove in Tarvin the next at-bat. Shelby Petik singled up the middle to plate Durham as PC opened up a 4-0 lead after five.
McLean got things going again in the sixth after leading off the inning with a single and a stolen base to sit on second with no outs. After Mclean reached third off a fielder's choice, she scored when Durham bunted to third. Tarvin, who was on base off the fielder's choice, scored two batters later off a sacrifice fly by Harrington as PC took the 6-0 lead and win.
Loudermelk went 6.2 innings and scattered four hits with six strikeouts to pick up the win (8-10). Tarvin went three-for-four with two RBI, while Durham followed with a two for four effort and two RBI.
PC rounds out the regular-season at Campbell with a single game Friday, May 4 at 8:00pm. The two teams play a doubleheader Saturday, May 5, at 2:00pm.