Seniors Lead Softball To Sweep Of North Carolina Central
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell (5-5) seniors Christina Melton and Taylor McGee combined to hit four home runs and drive in 10 in the team's sweep of North Carolina Central (1-9) by scores of 9-1 and 12-1 on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The games were originally scheduled to be played in Cary, N.C., but were moved to CU's Eakes Athletic Complex in Buies Creek because of wet field conditions at the Thomas Brooks Park.
Freshman Julia Callicutt (1-0) earned the first victory of her career in the first game with three innings of scoreless relief that saw her only surrender a hit while striking out three. Melton (2-3) flirted with a no-hitter into the fifth inning of the second game and needed to settle for a one-hitter. The one-hitter was her second of the season. She also struck out five and only walked two in the victory.
Melton was also one of the hitting stars on the day with three hits, two home runs and five RBIs. McGee also continued to torment North Carolina Central pitching with two home runs and five RBIs. McGee is now 15 for 24 in her career (.625 batting average) with six home runs and 21 RBIs in nine games over the last three plus seasons against the Eagles.
North Carolina Central started the scoring in the first game with a run in the second inning. Cember Carmichael started the rally with a single. Amanda Bullock followed with a knock of her own to move Carmichael to third. Sarah Kaiser drove in Carmichael with the third hit of the inning.
CU took the lead for good in the bottom of the second frame. Melton reached on a one-out double. Sophomore Shaela Churchill and junior Brittany Arnn were then hit by pitches in consecutive at bats to load the bases. A walk to sophomore Jessi Lane scored Melton from third with the first run. Junior Sarah Forgacs drove in the second run of the frame as she was plunked by an Aurora Baker offering.
The Camels exploded for five runs in the third inning. Sophomore Raven Lee singled to start the inning. Freshman Kerstine Womack, who was running for Lee, was on first as McGee launched her first home run of the game and the season. Churchill then walked and moved all the way around the bases on Callicutt's double. The hit and RBI were the first of her career. Lane walked again and moved to second on a wild pitch that saw Callicutt take third. Nesbitt reached first on a fielding error by the NCCU shortstop that also scored Callicutt from third. Lane took third on the play and scored the team's fifth run of the game on Lee's RBI ground out.
CU finished the first game scoring in the fifth inning. Freshman Kailey Farmer started the frame with a leadoff double. The hit was the first of her career. Nesbitt then singled and took second on the attempted play at third on Farmer. Jones followed with a sacrifice fly to score Farmer from third and Nesbitt up to third. Freshman Casey Taylor drove in the nine and final run with her RBI ground out. The RBI was the first of her career.
The Camels offense was in high gear in the second game with CU, who played as the visitor in game two, scoring three in the top of the first. Forgacs was hit by a Bianka Molina (1-3) offering to start the game. Jones reached on an infield single and came in to score, as did Forgacs, on McGee's second home run of the day.
The CU offense put three more on the board in the third on Melton's first home run of the game with Womack and McGee on base.
Campbell finished the team's scoring with six in the top of the fifth inning. Jones started the frame with a leadoff single and took second as the ball was thrown away on the attempted play at first. Womack then reached on a bunt single and took second on the failed attempt to get Jones at home. Melton then homered with Womack on base. Churchill followed with a double and fellow sophomore Jordan Clarke singled her in. Farmer then launched her first career home run to centerfield to drive in the last two for CU.
Melton had her shutout and no-hitter broken up in the bottom of the fifth on Carmichael's home run to make the final score 12-1.
The Camels will now head down to Georgia for the second time this season. CU will participate in the Phyllis Rafter Memorial and are slated to play five games in the three-day tournament. Campbell starts the tournament and takes on St. Louis on Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. The Camels are scheduled to take on Alabama State that same afternoon at 1 p.m.