March 22, 2013

Softball Earns Split at Coastal Carolina

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Freshman pitcher Courtney Roberts (Simpsonville, S.C.) tossed a complete-game three-hitter to lift Campbell to a 2-1 win in game two at Coastal Carolina on Friday at Carolina Forest High School. The Camels registered the split after hurler Kiana Quolas notched a two-hit shutout in a 4-0 game-one victory for the Chanticleers.

Pitching was the story of the doubleheader as Roberts improved to 8-3 on the campaign with five strikeouts for Campbell (18-10, 4-1 Big South), while Quolas registered six strikeouts and her ninth win of the season for Coastal Carolina (17-12, 4-1 Big South).

Senior Brittany Arnn (Danville, Va.) pitched 5.2 strong innings for Campbell in game one with six strikeouts, but Coastal Carolina tacked on three runs in the sixth to extend its lead to 4-0. The final out for the Camels was notched by sophomore Julia Callicutt (Asheboro, N.C.) with a strikeout.

Losing the game-two pitching duel for the Chanticleers was Ashley Bagwell, who gave up three hits and tallied eight strikeouts.

After being held to two hits in the first contest, the Camels came out with confidence on offense in game two as senior right fielder Sarah Forgacs (Cary, N.C.) led off with a single to right. A walk drawn by sophomore Maggie Christopher (Awendaw, S.C.) put a runner in scoring position.

Singling up the middle was freshman catcher Courtney Klingler (Alvin, Texas ) to put Campbell on top 1-0. The second run was driven home on a sacrifice fly by sophomore center fielder Stephanie Jones (Black Mountain, N.C.).

With confidence and a lead, Roberts came out and sent down the Chanticleers in order as sophomore left fielder Kailey Farmer (Durham, N.C.) ended the frame with a diving catch down the line to keep the momentum with the Camels.

Junior shortstop Shaela Churchill (Winterville, S.C.) began the second defensively for Campbell by stretching out for a foul ball behind the bag at third just in front of the fence. Churchill was fantastic for the Camels at short in game two, registering four putouts and one assist as the Camels' defense did not commit an error.

Coastal Carolina cut the lead to one on a solo homer by Cacia Piere in the fourth. Roberts worked out of jams in the fifth and seventh with two runners on base to preserve the win for the Camels.

A game-high two hits were registered by Brooke Donovan for Costal Carolina.

In the first contest of the day, Campbell was held to two hits, but the arm of Arnn kept the game within striking distance. Coastal Carolina plated its first run in the second as a pair of fielding miscues allowed a run to cross.

Arnn came up big for the Camels in the circle as the Chanticleers loaded the bases in the third and fourth innings, but the Danville, Va., native notched a strikeout and ground out to end each threat.

Coastal Carolina extended its lead to 4-0 with three runs on two hits and one error in the sixth. Quolas and Paige Goldsack paced the Chanticleers' offense with two base knocks each.

In the last opportunity for the Camels, Jones singled to lead off the inning, but Quolas, who limited the Camels to just three bases runners, caught a liner and threw to second to register a game-ending double play.

Campbell concludes the three-game series against Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 11 a.m. (the game was moved up from 1 p.m. because of the threat of rain). The Camels return home on Monday for a 4 p.m. doubleheader against N.C. Central before hosting North Carolina on Wednesday at 6 p.m.