Camels Late Rally against South Carolina Falls Short, 2-1

Brittany Arnn (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Brittany Arnn (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Singles by sophomore third baseman Brittany Bruce (Lumberton, N.C.) and junior second baseman Shaela Churchill (Winterville, N.C.) placed the potential game-winning run at second base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but South Carolina was able to escape Amanda Littlejohn Stadium with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday evening on a hard grounder picked up by the first baseman.

Campbell (17-9) put the first run on the scoreboard in the third with a solo homer by freshman Courtney Klingler (Alvin, Texas). The eighth home run of the season for the Alvin, Texas, native tied the team-lead in home runs with junior first baseman Raven Lee (Battleboro, N.C.).

Senior Brittany Arnn (Danville, Va.) tossed a complete-game seven hitter for the Camels with one strikeout against South Carolina (17-9). Both runs the Gamecocks scored in the fifth were unearned.

A triple in the fifth by Alaynie Page in the fifth plated the game-winning run for the Gamecocks as leadoff hitter Sammie Garcie came around to touch the plate. The first run for South Carolina scored by Codee Yeske happened the batter before on a passed ball.

The Gamecocks were paced offensively by catcher Shelby Gonzales with a pair of singles. Audrey Broyles (6-2) notched the victory for South Carolina with four hits in five innings, while Katie Marks registered her first save of the season, allowing two hits in the finale two frames.

The Camels were able to end a bases loaded South Carolina rally in the fourth with a double-play ball that was hit to Churchill at second and turned by sophomore shortstop Ericka Nesbitt (Salisbury, N.C.). Campbell just missed a second opportunity in the sixth on a similar play, but the batter  beat the ball to first by a half-step.

A total of 14 assists, a season-high, were logged by Campbell with Nebitt pacing the team with four, while Arnn, Churchill and Bruce each tallied three.

Campbell returns to the Big South slate on Friday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader at preseason-favorite Coastal Carolina.