Softball Takes Two From Winthrop
Game One Video
Game Two Video
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell's softball team (19-18, 4-2 Big South) won both games of the conference doubleheader over Winthrop (13-24, 2-7 BSC) on Wednesday, April 4, at the Eakes Athletic Complex. The Camels won the first game 4-2 and took the second game 10-1 in five innings while withstanding a 20 minute rain delay.
Junior Brittany Arnn (8-7) earned the victory in the first game with four innings of scoreless relief. She struck out three and allowed just one hit. The loss in the opening game was taken by Winthrop's Natalie Becker (7-10). Becker allowed four runs, walked five and struck out six in her outing. Sophomore Olivia Scarborough (3-1) was the game two winner for the Camels. She allowed just two hit and one run with five strikeouts in throwing the complete game. The loss was taken in game two by Chelsey Schoenfeldt (5-13). Schoenfeldt gave up six runs (five earned) in 2.1 innings.
The Camels took an early lead in the first game on freshman Stephanie Jones' RBI single to plate fellow rookie Ericka Nesbitt from second base. Nesbitt reached base with a one-out single to left field and made her way to second on a wild pitch.
Winthrop would answer with a run in the third inning on Kelly Blea's lead-off home run. The home run was her second of the season.
The Eagles scored the go-ahead run the following inning on Schoenfeldt's blast to start the frame. The home run was her fifth of the campaign
The Camels used the long ball to ignite the offense in the sixth inning. Freshman Kailey Farmer unloaded to left field with one out to tie the game at two all. The CU offense kept it going with two more in the frame. Senior Christina Melton then drew her third walk of the game and moved to second on freshman Erica Johnson's single up the middle. Sophomore Shaela Churchill walked to load the bases. Junior Sarah Forgacs followed with a single into short right to score Melton from third. Nesbitt drove in the final run of the frame with her fielder's choice ground out.
The Camels offense was in gear in the second game and didn't even let the rain slow them down. CU plated two in the opening stanza. Nesbitt began the game with an infield single. Forgacs reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Nesbitt to stay on base as the ball was thrown away by the Winthrop first baseman in an attempt to get the lead runner. A ground out moved each runner up a base. Sophomore Raven Lee then lined a single to center field to score Nesbitt and Forgacs with the first two runs of the game.
The Camels added a run to the lead on Farmer's second home run of the day and sixth of the season to begin the second inning.
Nesbitt started the CU third with a single through the left side. A short heavy rain fell with Forgacs at the plate with a full count to cause a stoppage of play. After a 20 minute delay, Forgacs didn't miss a beat and lined a double to left to score Nesbitt from first. Forgacs took third on a ground out and scored on Lee's single up the middle. Lee moved all the way to third on senior Taylor McGee's double. Lee would score the third run of the inning and sixth of the game on a wild pitch.
The Camels completed the team's scoring with four more runs in the fourth inning. Sophomore Jessi Lane started the inning with a double to the gap in left. Nesbitt moved Lane to third with a bunt single. Forgacs walked to load the bases. Jones followed with a grand slam to clear the bases. The home run was her fifth of the season and the second time a Campbell player has hit a grand slam in the last five games.
The Eagles broke through for a run in the fifth inning. Paige Hartfield walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. Kathryn Eberlin struck out, but was able to reach first on a pass ball. A fielder's choice moved Hartfield to third and she would score the lone WU run on Blea's single to left field.
Campbell continues play in the Big South Conference and hits the road to take on Gardner-Webb for three games starting on Friday, April 6, at 1 p.m.