CSU Sweeps Doubleheader, CU Takes a Pair Over UNCW
Campbell 2, UNC Wilmington 1
Campbell 7, UNC Wilmington 3
Campbell's softball team (23-24, 6-6 Big South) won both games of its home doubleheader against UNC Wilmington (7-36) by scores of 2-1 and 7-3 on Wednesday, April 18, at the Eakes Athletic Complex.
Sophomore Olivia Scarborough (6-3) earned the victory in the first game and allowed just one run on four hits in throwing her seventh complete game of the season. The second game was won by freshman Julia Callicutt (6-6). Callicutt went 6.1 innings, allowed five hits, three runs (two earned), with four strikeouts and seven walks. UNCW's Amanda Davenport (6-18) was tagged with the loss in the opener. She allowed just two runs (one earned) in six innings with seven strikeouts and five walks. Casey Rowland (1-18) took the loss in the second game and allowed all seven runs on 10 hits with six walks and nine strikeouts.
Campbell scored first in the opening game with a run in the third inning. Sophomore Shaela Churchill drew a lead-off walk. She took second on junior Sarah Forgacs' sacrifice bunt and then moved to third on freshman Ericka Nesbitt's bunt single. Churchill would scamper in with the first run of the game on freshman Stephanie Jones' RBI single to right.
The Seahawks tied the game up with a run in the fourth inning. Kelsey Eddinger singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored the first UNCW run on Jordan Critcher's single.
The Camels stole the lead back in the bottom of the fifth inning. Nesbitt reached on a fielding error and stole second. She moved to third on a ground out. After strikeout, freshman Kailey Farmer then walked to put runners on the corners. Farmer then intentionally got herself in a rundown to allow Nesbitt to steal home for the team's second run of the game.
CU jumped all over UNCW for four runs in the first inning of the second game. Nesbitt reached on an infield single and quickly stole second. Jones then singled to right. Farmer walked to load the bases. Freshman Erica Johnson drew a bases loaded walk to drive in the first run. Senior Christina Melton pushed a single passed the second baseman and into right field to plate Jones and Farmer. Freshman Kerstine Womack finished off the first inning scoring with her single up the middle to score Johnson.
The Seahawks fought back with two runs in the fourth inning. Ashley Shingleton started the scoring with her solo home run. Critcher and Lauryn Buckworth were both able to draw walks. A nifty double play from Churchill to Nesbitt to Johnson eliminated Buckworth at second, but moved Critcher to third. Critcher scored the team's second run of the inning on the error from the CU first baseman.
The Camels added insurance tallies in each of the last three innings. Nesbitt reached on a one-out single and motored around the bases to score on Jones' triple in the fourth inning. Sophomore Jessi Lane walked with one out and scored on Melton's double to right in the fifth. The CU sixth saw Nesbitt reached on a fielder's choice and score on Jones' double to left field.
Next, Campbell stays at home and hosts Coastal Carolina for three games over the weekend starting with a doubleheader on April 20 at 4:00pm. The Camels will also hold a special dedication ceremony between games for former catcher Amanda Littlejohn, who passed away a four year battle with cancer on Sept. 1, 2011. The ceremony is tentatively scheduled to begin at 6:15pm behind the newly renovated facility. Among the honored guests in attendance will be her parents, Jim (father) and Kim (mother) Littlejohn, and her former coach, Andy Kim. Also in attendance will be former Campbell softball players Ashton Hardison and Brittany Lee (Stanley) to speak at the presentation and official naming of the facility.
Charleston Southern 5, College of Charleston 1
Charleston Southern 6, College of Charleston 3
Linzy Rother smoked her second homer of the year and drove in five runs to lead a balanced offensive attack as Charleston Southern swept College of Charleston in a doubleheader at Buccaneer Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Morgan Dowdy (15-10) went the distance to secure the win as the Bucs prevailed, 5-1, in the opener. CSU (27-19) fell behind 3-2 in the back end of the twin bill, but used a three-run sixth inning to come out on top, 6-3, and make Jen Giles (9-8) a winner in relief.
College of Charleston’s (28-18) Stephanie Saylors (16-9) entered play holding the 24th best ERA in the nation, but the CSU offense was undaunted and jumped out to a 3-0 lead after Dowdy recorded a scoreless top of the first.
Kristin Kelleher and Stephanie Sbardella were hit by pitches, and Jana Matthews ripped a single to center to load the bases with two outs. CSU then pushed the contest’s first run across when Melissa Adams reached on an error, scoring Kelleher from third.
Linzy Rother stepped into the batter’s box next, and laced a two-run single to right field to up the Bucs’ advantage to 3-0.
Although they would add two more runs in the sixth, the Bucs’ first inning outburst was more than enough for Dowdy, who turned in 7.0 more sparkling innings while yielding only one run on four hits and a walk. The junior right-hander also managed to rack up seven strikeouts along the way.
The Cougars’ only run was produced by a single swing of the bat in the fourth, as Mackenzie Maples led off the frame with a home run clear of the right field wall.
Saylors settled into a groove to keep CSU off the scoreboard from innings two through five, but could not keep their bats at bay in the sixth. Sbardella worked a one out walk, and Jasmine Conley pinch ran and scooted to third when Adams smacked a single to right-center. Saylors caught Rother looking for the second out, but Hayes Holdsworth came through with a clutch two-out, two-run RBI double by lining a double to the left-center field alleyway.
Dowdy made quick work of the Cougars in the seventh, retiring the side in order to nail down the 5-1 victory.
Charleston used the long ball to take a 2-0 lead against CSU starter Spencer Adkinson in the finale. Lizzy Vaughn stroked a homer to right field in the first, before Kelsey Hodgson launched a no-doubter to center field to start the second.
Adkinson was lifted in favor of Rother after the Vaughn homer, and Rother provided the Bucs with 3.0 solid innings of relief work to keep the game within reach in the middle innings.
CSU pulled even at 2 apiece in the last of the second as it pieced together three base knocks and took advantage of two CofC errors. Jana Matthews and Sbardella cracked back-to-back singles to start the inning, and Adams filled the sacks when she dropped down a sacrifice bunt and reached herself on an error.
Rother again did her part to trigger the Bucs offensively, lofting a sacrifice fly to right field to cut the Cougars’ cushion to 2-1. Holdsworth then struck out for the second out of the frame, but Sbardella came down the line from third to score when Adams got in a run down between first and second, forcing a CofC error.
Charleston took a 3-2 lead in the third courtesy of a Amanda Lonergan RBI single, but CSU responded to knot the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Adams again keyed the Bucs out of the six hole, walking and eventually completing her trip around the bases when Hope Klicker (11-8) uncorked a wild pitch to the backstop.
The score would stay that way until the sixth, as Rother turned in 3.0 innings of one-run ball – striking out four – before turning it over to Giles. Giles was excellent out of the bullpen once more, as she struck out the side in her first inning of action in the fifth and notched four strikeouts while permitting just two hits over 3.0 shutout frames.
Rother put the finishing touches on the doubleheader sweep in the sixth, connecting for her second home run of the season to give the Bucs a 5-3 advantage. Adams had reached base in front of Rother by singling through the right side of the infield. Courtney Konyk helped manufacture an insurance run following the dinger, as the speedy outfielder beat out an infield single, stole second base, and crossed the plate on a fielding error with two down.
Next up for CSU is a three-game set at Gardner-Webb this weekend. The series gets underway with a doubleheader, beginning Saturday at 2:00pm.