CU, CCU, LU and RU Earn Wins Saturday

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Radford 4, Charleston Southern 1
Radford 5, Charleston Southern 0


Behind a late inning rally and a complete game from junior Jackie Jenkins, Radford Softball claimed its fourth straight Big South regular season title with a 4-1 win over Charleston Southern in game one of its doubleheader at Buccaneer Field. The Highlanders (32-18, 16-4 Big South) completed the sweep with a 5-0 shutout in game two.
 
Radford is the second Big South softball program to win four consecutive regular-season championships, but the first to do it outright. East Carolina won four straight between 1996-99, but shared the first and the last of those titles.
 
Senior Nichole Beall went 3-for-6 in the twinbill, scored three times and knocked in a run with a single in game two, tying her with Melissa Pickel (1995-97, '99) for the all time mark with 158.
 
After the Buccaneers (29-24, 11-9) took a 1-0 lead in the fifth, the Highlanders scored three quick runs in the sixth and added an insurance run in the seventh. Jenkins scattered five hits and allowed a run with two strikeouts and one walk. Three of her five hits, all singles, came in the fifth.

Three straight hits and a wild sequence on senior Vicki Madden's double plated three runs to start the sixth. After back-to-back singles, Madden roped a double to leftcenter, knocking in the first run. Senior Hannah Ojeda slipped rounding third, but was able to score when the throw went back to the bag. Madden also scooted home when the catcher threw the ball into leftfield.

Ojeda gave Radford a 3-run cushion (4-1) in the seventh with an RBI groundout that was set up by a couple of singles around a sac bunt. Junior Ryndee Ruch, who singled and moved to third after a bunt single by Nichole Beall scored on the play.

A two-out RBI single by pinch hitter Ari Tedesco gave CSU a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth. The opportunity arose when pinch runner Lizzy Olmstead  was easily thrown out at third for the final out, but an obstruction call allowed Olmstead to be safe and score on the single to right.
 
Beall and sophomore Jessie Hutchens each had two hits. Five different Buccaneers recorded hits.
 
Morgan Dowdy (16-12) suffered the complete game loss for CSU. She allowed three earned runs on eight hits She struck out seven and walked four.

Freshmen Micalah Sacre and freshman Emily Norton combined on a four-hit shutout and junior Morgan Eye went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the game-two victory.

The Highlanders opened the scoring with a three-run third. Following a leadoff triple by Eye, back-to-back RBI singles by Beall and Ojeda gave Radford a 2-0 lead. After a two-out walk, Hutchens singled down the line to plate Ojeda.
 
Madden provided the Highlanders with two insurance runs in the seventh courtesy of a two-out, two-run bases loaded single.

The teams wrap up their regular seasons tomorrow with a single game scheduled for 2:00pm.

Coastal Carolina 3, Winthrop 2
Coastal Carolina 4, Winthrop 1

Playing in their final regular-season series of the 2012 season the Coastal Carolina softball team earned a 3-2 win in 10 innings and a 4-1 victory over Winthrop on Saturday, May 5. The Chanticleers improved to 37-17 overall, while moving to 12-8 in the Big South Conference following the two wins.

After both teams were held hitless through the first three innings of play, Winthrop went ahead 2-0 in the fourth inning after Chelsey Schoenfeldt hit a home run to right field that also scored Kristy Noble.

The Chanticleers threatened to score in the sixth inning with Brooke Donovan on third with only one out, but the Eagles recorded back-to-back outs to take the game to the seventh inning.

In the seventh inning Coastal picked up three straight outs, before tying the score at 2-2. Jazmin Daigle earned the first run for the Chanticleers on a double to left center field by Stacy SnellingsBeth Kassuhn, who was pinch running for Snellings, scored the tying run on a single by Kory Hayden through the left side. The game moved into extra innings after Winthrop picked up the third out on strikes.

Both teams struggled to get runners into scoring position during the eighth and ninth inning, and, in the tenth inning, the game would use the international tiebreaker rule.

During Jenna Harbin's at bat, Jessie Winans threw the ball to home plate to Chelsea Pineda in order to get Kelly Blea out for the second out of the inning. Kiana Quolas struck out the next batter to take the game into the bottom of the inning.

The Eagles earned the first out on a strike out, but, during the Chanticleers next at bat Daigle hit a single to right field that scored Courtney Howell to give Coastal the 3-2 win.

Hayden ended the game with one hit and one RBI in two at bats, while being walked three times. She also had a team high four assists in the win. Daigle ended the game with one hit, one run and one RBI in three at bats, while being walked twice. Snellings posted two hits and one RBI in two at bats, while also being walked once. Pineda recorded a team high 12 putouts.

Quolas pitched a career high 10 innings, in which she also recorded a career high 11 strikeouts on the way to her 21st victory of the season from the circle. She walked just two in the win and gave up three hits in 37 batters faced.

Schoenfeldt picked up the loss after pitching 1.1 innings, striking out three, walking one and allowing two hits in seven batters faced. During the second game Winthrop took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning after Melanie Andrea was walked with the bases loaded to score Noble.

The Chanticleers responded in the bottom of the inning, as Donovan advanced home on a sacrifice fly by Quolas to tie the game at one apiece. Nicole Saggiomo and Cacia Pierre made it a 3-1 game after they advanced home on Pineda's single to right field.

Winthrop struggled offensively during the remainder of the game picking up only three hits through the final four innings of play. Coastal extended its lead to three in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Donovan that scored Howell.

Donovan tallied two hits, one run and one RBI in four at bats. Pineda had a strong showing in the second game recording one hit and two RBI in one at bat, while being walked once and posting a team high six putouts. Snellings also finished the game with six putouts. Hayden had two hits in three bats, along with four assists.

Ashley Bagwell grabbed the win in the circle for the Chanticleers after pitching six innings, striking out four, walking two and allowing seven hits in 27 batters faced. Quolas earned her first save of the season following an inning of work, in which she struck out one and gave up a hit in four batters faced.

Sara Allen took the loss for the Eagles after pitching two innings, not allowing a walk, while giving up five hits in 12 batters faced.

The Chanticleers return to action on Sunday, May 6 in their final game at the Coastal Carolina University softball field, which is also the final regular-season game of the season, at 1:00pm.

Campbell 3, Presbyterian 1
Campbell 8, Presbyterian 0


Seniors Taylor McGee and Christina Melton made Senior Day memorable and led the charge for Campbell's softball team (29-27, 12-9 BSC) in the sweep of Presbyterian (19-31, 8-13 BSC) by scores of 3-1 and 8-0 on Saturday, April 5, at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium.

McGee provided the game-winner for Campbell with her two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning. The home run was the 41st of her career, which broke the school record and gave the Camels the walk-off victory. The blast landed deep over the center field wall and made a winner of Melton.

Melton (4-6) was simply magnificent for Campbell in throwing all 10 innings and tying the school record with 12 strikeouts. The 10 innings thrown was the longest outing of her career bettering the 9.1 innings she threw in the game against Mercer during the 2010 season. Her 12 strikeout tied the Campbell single season record set by Kathy Freaney against Morgan State in 2000. The 10+ strikeouts marked the third time her career that she had topped the mark and the first since she struck out 10 against Florida Gulf Coast last season. The appearance in the circle for Melton was her first since late March against Radford (3/30). The start she earned as a pitcher was the first time that she had started a game since the beginning of March against Tennessee State (3/2). She started the game by fanning the first six batters she faced. Melton also only walked one and scattered seven hits.

Presbyterian's Kensley Loudermelk (8-11) matched Melton pitch for pitch for most of the game and allowed just the three runs (two earned) with nine strikeouts and one walk in 9.1 innings thrown in the opening game.

Presbyterian threatened in the third inning. Lyndsey York singled to start the frame, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt but was thrown out at third as she attempt to advance on a single by Jill McLean.

The Blue Hose again threatened in the fourth inning. Morgan Durham was hit by a pitch and quickly stole second. Shelby Petik then reached on a fielding error from the CU shortstop to put runners on first and second base. Melton was up to the task though and struck out the next two to escape trouble.

The Camels put multiple runners on base in the fifth inning. Melton walked and moved to second on freshman Kerstine Womack's one-out infield single. A fielder's choice eliminated Melton and strikeout ended the frame.

CU nearly broke through for a run in the eighth inning. Freshman Ericka Nesbitt reached base on a lead-off bunt single. She took second on freshman Erica Johnson's sacrifice bunt. Freshman Stephanie Jones then singled to right field. On the play Nesbitt took third, but was thrown out as she attempted to score on a strong throw from the Presbyterian right fielder

PC dented the scoreboard first with a run in the ninth inning. Leslie Hensley reached on a lead-off single. Hayley Bonner ran for Hensley. After the next two were retired in order, Rachel Hopper doubled to the gap in left field to score Bonner from first.

In the bottom of the inning the Camels tied the game in exciting fashion. Junior Sarah Forgacs beat out a bunt single to start the frame.  A sacrifice bunt from freshman Camise Patterson moved Forgacs to second. Melton reached on an infield single to put runners on first and second. After a strikeout, Womack was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Nesbitt then guided a sinking line drive to left field that just tipped off the diving left fielder's glove to score Forgacs and tie the game at one all.

The top of the 10th inning was saved by a defensive gem from CU sophomore Raven Lee and Jones. Lee had entered the game as a defensive replacement at third base to start the inning and was able to grab a popped up bunt just in front the plate. She quickly turned and threw to Jones, who alertly covered second base from her center field position, to double off Tera Powell. Powell was placed on second to start the inning and had strayed too far off the base to get back on the popped up bunt.

McGee supplied her game-winning home run in the bottom of the frame. Johnson was placed on second to start the inning. A ground out moved her to third base where she had a great view on McGee's historic majestic blast to center field. The home run was McGee's 10th of the season.

The Camels jumped all over Presbyterian in the second game with a two-spot in the first inning. Nesbitt start the bottom of the first with an infield single. Patterson moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt. Nesbitt took third on a wild pitch. Jones and McGee both walk to load the bases. Forgacs then hit a fielder's choice grounder to the PC second baseman. Her attempt to tag out McGee failed though to allow Nesbitt to score the first run and keep the bases loaded. Melton followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Jones with the inning's second run.

Campbell's offensive roll continued with four more runs in the second inning. Nesbitt reached on a two-out single. A fielding error from the PC shortstop allowed Patterson to reach. Both runners would come in to score on Jones' three-run home run to left field. McGee made it back-to-back home runs and unloaded with her 11th blast of the season to increase the margin to 6-0.

CU scored a single run in the third inning on Lee's home run to center field.

Campbell finished off the scoring with a single tally in the bottom of the fifth inning. Freshman Maggie Christopher reached on a fielder's choice ground out. Fellow rookie Casey Taylor was walked to move Christopher to second base. Both runners were able to move up a base on a pass ball. Patterson followed with a single up the middle to score Christopher and end the game.

Freshman Julia Callicutt (8-7) allowed just two hits in throwing the complete game shutout. The shutout was her third of the season. She struck out one and didn't allow a walk. The loss was taken by PC's Hensley (10-15). Hensley allowed six run (two earned) in two innings worked.

Campbell and Presbyterian will now wait on seeding for the upcoming Big South Tournament, set to be held in Radford, Va. from May 10-13.

Longwood 11, Liberty 3

The visiting Longwood Lancers posted an 11-3 win over the Liberty Lady Flames during game one of a doubleheader, Saturday at Liberty Softball Field.

The Lady Flames honored five seniors, Meredith CrisanteJenny LawKelly StricklandKaylee West and Bridgett Woods, before the game.

Longwood improves to 29-25 on the season, while the Lady Flames are now 18-34 following five straight defeats.

Liberty hit two homers, with Bridgett Woods and Jill Stephens going yard. The Lancers countered with four home runs, including two from Brooke Short.

The Lady Flames had three hits during game one, with Woods, Stephens and Meredith Crisante all registering base hits.

Longwood connected for 12 hits, as Short went 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Kori Nishitomi hit 3-for-4 as well, and Courtney Long had a two-hit game.

Libby Morris (13-13) earned the win by allowing three runs on three hits in four innings of work.

Alyssa DiMartino (8-19) sustained the defeat with 1 2/3 innings where she allowed four runs on four hits.

The Lancers put runners on second and third with nobody out in the first inning. Short drove in Leta Bressin with a groundout, giving Longwood a 1-0 lead. DiMartino got Ashley Kramer to ground out to end the top of the first.

Following a 1-2-3 Liberty first, the visitors added three runs to their advantage. Leigh Sexton hit an RBI single, and Brittney Latka lined a two-run homer to make the score 4-0 with one out in the top of the second. Chandler Ball then entered the circle in relief of DiMartino, and recorded the final three outs.

Short led off the top of the third with a solo home run. Ball left two runners on base, getting Latka to fly out to close the inning.

The Lady Flames put their first run on the board when Bridgett Woods drove a homer over the fence in left center with two outs in the bottom of the third.

Longwood responded by scoring a pair in the fourth, on RBI base hits from Megan Baltzell and Short to make it 7-1. Liberty quelled the rally when Kramer lined into a 6-3 double play.

Crisante kept the bottom of the fourth inning alive with a two-out infield single. Stephens followed by homering to left center to trim the deficit to four, 7-3.

The visitors added four more tallies in the top of the sixth, on two-run homers by Short and Jordan Cox.

Kelby Allen reached on an error to open Liberty's sixth time at bat. Strickland moved her to second on a sacrifice bunt. Sammi Shivock walked to give the Lady Flames runners on first and second. A pair of grounders resulted in the final two outs, and Longwood won by run-rule, 11-3.

Liberty 14, Longwood 6

Liberty's offense erupted for seven runs during the first inning, and kept going on the way to a 14-6, five inning victory over visiting Longwood during the regular-season finale, Saturday.

The Lady Flames wrap up the regular season at 19-34, and sent their five seniors out with a win in their final home game. The Lancers have concluded their season with a 29-26 record.

Liberty tied its season high with 14 runs scored, and got four RBIs each from Bridgett Woods and Kelby Allen.

Allen went 3-for-3 with two home runs and two runs scored, while Woods hit 1-for-2, and slugged a grand slam, her seventh homer of the season, during the first inning. Kelly Strickland added two hits, and Hanna Nichols went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Kaylee West's double, the 37th of her career, tied her for sixth all-time at Liberty.

Grace Nordan picked up her first career victory, leaving the game with a 7-6 lead after allowing three earned runs on six hits in three innings pitched. Alyssa DiMartino threw two hitless innings in relief.

The Lancers totaled just six hits, with six different players registering one hit apiece. Casey Lifsey led the team with two RBIs.

Libby Morris (13-14) drew the loss by allowing eight runs, two earned, in 1 1/3 innings pitched. Ashley Cornell allowed six runs in relief.

The Lady Flames broke the game open with seven runs after two outs in the first inning.  Allen crossed the plate with Liberty's first run when Law reached on an error with two outs. Nichols then singled in two more runs for a 3-0 lead. With the bases still loaded, Woods crushed a grand slam to center.

Nordan held the Lancers off the scoreboard during the top of the second frame, and Cornell pitched a 1-2-3 bottom half of the inning for Longwood.

Longwood sliced the margin to one with a six-run third inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Ashley Kramer drove in the first run. Jordan Cox, Courtney Long and Lifsey all followed with RBI base hits to make the score 7-6. The Lancers' third at bat ended with a groundout to short.

The Lady Flames tacked on two runs on a two-out homer by Allen in the bottom of the third. Kaylee West hit a double before Allen pushed the lead to 9-6 with her third homer of the season.

DiMartino then came on in relief of Nordan and pitched a 1-2-3 top of the fourth.

Sammi Shivock led off the bottom of the inning with a double. Jill Stephens walked, and Jenny Law reached on a bunt single, with Shivock scoring from second. Morris then re-entered the circle for Cornell, and a pair of wild pitches sent two additional runs home for the Lady Flames.

The Lancers went in order during the bottom of the fifth. Woods led off Liberty's at bat with a walk, and Allen ended the game at 14-6 with a two-run homer to right center.

Liberty has concluded its regular-season softball schedule. The Lady Flames will await seeding for the 2012 Big South Softball Championship, which takes place May 10-13 in Radford, Va. Seeding and first round matchups will be announced on Sunday.