CU, GWU, PC and RU Post Wins Saturday

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Radford 8, Winthrop 1
Radford 8, Winthrop 0


Radford hit four home runs, put four crooked innings on the board and limited Winthrop to just one run as the Highlanders (27-14, 11-3 Big South) swept a road doubleheader by the scores of 8-1 and 8-0 on Saturday afternoon from Terry Field.

Senior Vicki Madden launched two of those long balls and finished with six RBI in the two contests, while classmate Nichole Beall hit her 50th collegiate home run and also broke the program's total bases record with a double in game one.

The Highlanders only scored in four of the 12 innings, but they put up three and five-run frames in game two and a pair of four-run spots in the opener.

In the circle junior Jackie Jenkins and freshman Micalah Sacre scattered eight hits and allowed a run over 12 innings in a pair of complete game wins.
 
Jenkins allowed five singles and a run, while Sacre went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Madden also homered and knocked in three in the game-one victory.

Radford sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the first and took advantage of two Winthrop errors to grab a 4-0 lead. Beall led off with a double, which gave her the program's all-time total bases record of 437, surpassing Kristen Shifflett (2008-11), who set the mark a season ago.
 
Beall would score on a sac fly by Madden. She reached when the rightfielder dropped the ball and came around on Sacre's RBI single. Two more runs came home on another sac fly by sophomore Jessie Hutchens and a throwing error trying to get the runner at third.
 
The sixth inning was highlighted by back-to-back long balls by Madden and Sacre that pushed Radford's lead to 8-1. With two outs senior Hannah Ojeda bounced a single up the middle that plated junior Morgan Eye, who doubled with out. Madden stepped up and launched one over the fence in center, followed by Sacre's liner over the right centerfield fence.
 
A leadoff walk and back-to-back two-out singles, the second by Kristy Noble provided Winthrop with its only run of the game.
 
In game two, Sacre held Winthrop to three singles and struck out eight, recording her first collegiate shutout. She did not walk a batter and did not reach a three-ball count the entire contest.

Madden struck again in game two lofting a three-run home run in the first for a quick 3-0 Highlander lead.
 
That would be all Sacre needed as she struck out at least one batter in each inning, including two in the fourth and closed out the game in fashion, fanning the side in the fifth.

Beall's big fly, a three-run shot to left, capped off a five-run third, pushing Radford's lead to 8-0. The Highlanders loaded the bases to start the inning, but a pair of punchouts quickly put two outs on the board. Eye kept the inning alive with a two-run single through the left side, setting up Beall's no doubter to left, the 50th of her career.

Beall scored twice and knocked in three, while Madden was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run.

The teams wrap up the series tomorrow with a 2:00pm contest.

Gardner-Webb 3, Charleston Southern 1
Gardner-Webb 5, Charleston Southern 3


Gardner-Webb redshirt-senior Cindy Boomhower posted a win and a save on Saturday afternoon, while senior McKenzie Morenus provided a two-out eighth-inning two-run walk-off home run in game one to help lead the Runnin' Bulldogs to a doubleheader sweep of Charleston Southern in Big South play on Senior Day at Varsity Field in Boiling Springs, N.C.

The Runnin' Bulldogs posted a 3-1 extra-inning win over CSU in game one and then held on for a 5-3 win over the Buccaneers in game two to complete the sweep.

With the two wins, GWU improves to 22-23 overall and 8-7 in Big South play, while Charleston Southern falls to 27-21 overall and 10-8 in conference play with the two losses.

Game 1:  GWU 3, Charleston Southern 1 (8 innings)

GWU's Morenus hit a towering fly ball that sailed over the left field fence with two outs and one on in the bottom of the eighth to give the Runnin' Bulldogs the 3-1 walk-off win over the Buccaneers in game one of the twin tilt.

Gardner-Webb took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, as freshman Amanda Gomes led-off the inning with a hard single up the middle.  After a sacrifice bunt and a ground out moved pitch runner Mariana Gallardo to third, senior Michelle Primm hit a ground ball to short.  CSU's shortstop made an errant throw to first, allowing Primm to reach base safely and Gallardo to score from third for the first run of the game.

Neither team would do much on offense over the next two innings, until the Buccaneers tied the score up in the top of the fifth.  After Hayes Holdsworth led-off the inning with a single up the middle, pitch runner Courtney Konyk advanced to second on a fielder's choice. With two outs, back-to-back errors by the left side of the GWU defense, allowed Konyk to score from second, knotting the score up at 1-1.

Charleston Southern, who left 10 base-runners on base in game one, left three on base combined in the sixth and seventh innings, leaving the score tied up at 1-1.

In the bottom of the seventh, redshirt-sophomore Morgan Baker led-off the inning with a single to center field.  However, pitch runner Taylar Pridgen, who swiped second, was left stranded forcing the game into extra innings.

After GWU got out of the top of the eighth despite an error and a base-on-balls, the Runnin' Bulldogs' Samantha Meenaghan led-off the bottom half of the inning with a bunt single. After a sacrifice bunt by Melinda Dulkowski moved her up to second and then a ground ball to the right side of the infield by Savannah Burns moved her up to third, Morenus came to the plate with the winning run on third.

With two outs, Morenus left no doubt as she hit a monster fly ball over the left center field fence to give the Runnin' Bulldogs the 3-1 win. The home run was the fourth on the season for the senior catcher.

Boomhower (9-5) earned the win in relief work, as she pitched the final 5.1 innings of the contest, allowing one unearned run on four hits and two walks, while striking out three CSU batters.

Morgan Dowdy (15-11) suffered the loss for the Buccaneers, as the junior hurler gave up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, while recording three strikeouts in 7.2 innings of work.

At the plate for the Runnin' Bulldogs, Morenus was 1-4 with a home run and two RBI, while Meenaghan was 2-3 with a walk and a run scored.

For CSU offensively, Stephanie Sbardella and Holdsworth were both 2-4 for the game.

Game 2: GWU 5, Charleston Southern 3

In game two, the Runnin' Bulldogs score four in the first and did not look back, as GWU held on for the 5-3 win over the Buccaneers.

Gardner-Webb jumped out to a big lead in the bottom of the first, scoring four runs on two hits, one Charleston Southern error, a walk and a hit batsman.  Meenaghan led-off the inning with a double down the left field line, which was immediately followed by Dulkowski getting hit by a pitch and Burns drawing a walk to load the bases.

Morenus then doubled to right field to plate both Meenaghan and Dulkowski to put GWU in front 2-0. With two runners on and no outs, Gomes would reach base safely on a fielding error which scored Burns and pushed the Runnin' Bulldogs lead to three with no outs.

Baker would tack on a sacrifice fly to left which drove in pitch runner Kellie Beres and put the home team on top 4-0 after one.

Charleston Southern got on the scoreboard in the top of the second, as starter Alyssa Gutierrez walked the bases loaded with one out.  After a GWU pitching change, Jessica Childers gave up a flare single to short which scored Jana Matthews and cut the Gardner-Webb lead to three at 4-1.

The Runnin' Bulldogs got the run back in the bottom of the fourth with some help by the Buccaneers, as Jordyn Arrowood reach base on an error to lead off the inning.  After Meenaghan was hit by a pitch, Dulkowski moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt.  Burns then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in Arrowood and put GWU back in front by four at 5-1.

Charleston Southern would add a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Kristin Kelleher and would threaten in the seventh.

With the score at 5-2 in the top of the seventh, Charleston Southern's Megan Lombard and Matthews posted back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. After Sbardella was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Linzy Rother ground the ball back to the pitcher, where Boomhower went home with the ball to get the force out at the plate.

However, CSU's Holdsworth drew a bases walk to push across a run and cut the GWU lead to two at 5-3.

Boomhower then shut the door on the Charleston Southern, as she got the next two batters to strikeout and ground out to Burns at short to help Gardner-Webb hold on for the 5-3 win.

Childers (6-10) recorded the win for the Runnin' Bulldogs in relief, as the sophomore surrendered one run on four hits and three walks over four innings of action.

Boomhower (4) recorded her fourth save on the year, as she pitched the final 1.2 innings of the contest.

For the Buccaneers, Jennifer Giles (9-9) was handed the loss, as the righty gave up five runs, three of which were earned, on three hits, three walks and three hit batsman over four innings of play.

Morenus again led GWU offensively, as she was 1-2 with a double, a walk and two RBI, while Gomes was 1-3 with an RBI.

For CSU, Melissa Adams was 1-2 with an RBI, while Kelleher was 1-4 with an RBI.

Gardner-Webb and Charleston Southern will play the third and final game of the three-game weekend series tomorrow afternoon at 2:00pm at Varsity Field.

Campbell 5, Coastal Carolina 4

Campbell's softball team (25-25, 8-7 Big South) made its "Strikeout Cancer Day" memorable with a 5-4 thrilling victory over Coastal Carolina (33-17, 10-8 Big South) on Saturday, April 21, at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium. The Camels took two of three games in the conference series on the weekend.

The nationwide "Strikeout Cancer Day" event had special significance for Campbell's softball program with the Camels renaming the team's newly renovated softball stadium for former catcher Amanda Littlejohn, who passed away after a four year battle from cancer on Sept 1, 2011, in a special ceremony on Friday evening, April 20. On Saturday all members of the program wore specially made black t-shirt as jerseys for the event with the word "Camels" in bright pink lettering on the front of the shirt. The team went one step further and put the name of a loved one, family member or friend that that has been affected by cancer on the back of their uniforms in a sign of remembrance and honor for the special day.

Sophomore Olivia Scarborough (8-3) was steady in allowing four runs in six innings to earn the victory. The loss was taken by Coastal's Ashley Bagwell (10-8). Bagwell was tagged with five runs and nine hits in her six innings of work. Junior Brittany Arnn earned her first save of the season when she was called on to get out of runner on first, no-out situation with the team clinging to a one-run lead.

Coastal scored a run in the opening inning. Brooke Donovan walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored the first run on Cacia Pierre's two-out double to left field.

The Camels answered and tied the game up with a run in the bottom of the frame. Junior Sarah Forgacs reached on an infield single. A sacrifice from freshman Ericka Nesbitt moved her to second. She raced around the bases and scored on freshman Stephanie Jones' double to center field to tie the game at one all.

CU took the lead with a run in the second inning. Freshman Kerstine Womack reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second on Forgacs' single up the middle. Nesbitt followed with a single to short right to allow Womack to score just ahead of the tag at home with the second run of the game for the Camels.

Coastal threatened to tie the game up in the third inning. Sarah Maples reached on an infield single to third and moved to second as the ball was thrown away. Kiana Quolas then singled to short with two outs to put runners on the corners. Pierre ripped a ball that was ticketed for right field if not for the diving stop from sophomore Shaela Churchill at second. Churchill recovered quickly and threw on to first to end the Coastal inning.

The Chants did tie the game up with a run in the top of the fourth inning. Chelsea Pineda was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Courtney Howell was inserted to run for Pineda and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and then third on a steal. Howell came in to score on Sara Rasley's sacrifice fly.

Coastal wrestled the lead back with a run in the top of the fifth inning. Maples and Kory Hayden both singled to start the inning. A sacrifice bunt moved each runner up a base. Pierre was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. After a strikeout, Beth Kassuhn hit a ball to deep in the hole at short and was ruled to have beaten the Nesbitt throw at first to allow Maples to score the go-ahead run from third.

The Camels took the lead back in the bottom of the frame. Nesbitt started the inning with a bunt single. Jones followed with a single of her own. Sophomore Raven Lee then laid down a bunt to move each runner up a base. Lee also reached on the ball as a play was unsuccessfully tried at third to get out the lead runner. With the bases now loaded senior Taylor McGee was able to draw a walk to drive in a run and tie the game at three all. Fellow senior Christina Melton was inserted to pinch hit and was hit by a pitch to drive in Jones with the go-ahead tally.

The Camels added a big and necessary insurance run in the sixth inning. Womack started the frame with a single. After a foul out for the first out, Nesbitt laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Womack to second base. Jones proved to be the nemesis again and laced a single to left to score Womack with the team's fifth run of the game and give the Camels a 5-3 advantage heading to the seventh inning.

The Coastal seventh proved interesting as the Chants crept a run closer plus has the tying run in scoring position with only one-out. Quolas started the trouble with a lead-off walk. Nicole Saggiomo was then inserted to run for Quolas and moved to second on a wild pitch. Saggiomo scampered home with the Coastal run on Pierre's single to left. Arnn was then inserted. A sacrifice bunt moved pinch runner Jazmin Daigle to second before Arnn recorded strikeouts of Kasshun and Rasley to end the game.

Next, Campbell heads off to Lynchburg, Va. to take on Liberty on April 27 for a doubleheader starting at 4:00pm.

Coastal Carolina will travel to UNC Wilmington to play a doubleheader on April 25.  The first game will start at 4:00pm.

Presbyterian 4, Liberty 3

Erin Traylor used a single in the fifth inning to drive in two runs that erased a 3-2 Liberty lead and Leslie Hensley pitched a shutout after the third inning to help the Presbyterian College softball team to the 4-3 win over the Flames in action this afternoon at the PC Softball Complex

PC avoided the sweep by the Flames to go to 15-26 overall and 7-9 in the Big South, while Liberty dropped to 17-27, 8-10.

The game was PC's Strikeout Cancer game with the Blue Hose and Flames pitchers combining for 14 strikeouts.  The Blue Hose softball players solicited pledges for each strikeout to raise money for the Laurens Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Back-to-back hits led off the bottom of the first inning for the blue Hose, the second a double by Cat Tarvin that drove in Tera Powell, who had singled to left the previous at-bat.  Two batters later Leslie Hensley singled in Tarvin as PC took the early 2-0 lead.

Liberty took a 3-2 lead in the third after Sammi Shivock hit her second home run of the series, this one a three-run shot over the left centerfield wall.

Two innings later Shelby Petik opened the bottom of the fifth with a single, followed by Hensley who hit a shot up the middle to put runners on first and second.  A wild pitch advanced both runners, with the two of them scoring the next at-bat off the Taylor double to make it a 4-3 lead in favor of PC.

Chandler Ball came in to pitch for Liberty after the first inning and scattered two earned runs off nine hits.  She struck out eight in the loss (9-9).

Hensley pitched the entire game for PC, surrendering just three runs off three hits with six strikeouts.  After giving up the home run in the third, Hensley retired the next 13 of 14 batters and held the Flames hitless to end the game with the win (8-13).

PC recorded 12 hits with Hensley going three-for-four with one RBI to lead offensively.  Liberty posted three hits, all coming in the second and third innings.

The Blue Hose are next in action at Savannah State, Tuesday, April 24.  First pitch of the doubleheader is at 2:00pm.

The Lady Flames remain on the road for the next two games, as the team will face Virginia in a non-Conference doubleheader, which begins Wednesday at 5:00pm in Charlottesville.