Softball Scores 11-Straight Runs to Sweep Radford, 11-4
RADFORD, Va. – After Radford held a 4-0 lead following three innings, Campbell struck for four runs in the fourth and added seven unanswered runs over the final three frames to post an 11-4 victory on Saturday at the RU Softball Field. Sophomore shortstop Ericka Nesbitt (Salisbury, N.C.) went 4-for-4 with three runs scored, while totaling three hits and driving home three was junior first baseman Raven Lee (Battleboro, N.C.) to pace the offense.
The Camels set a season-high with 16 base hits to clinch the series sweep, the team's fourth in the Big South slate, to move to 17-4 in league play and 33-16 overall. Radford fell to 16-28 on the campaign, while an even 9-9 in league competition.
Of those base knocks for Campbell, there were just three extra base hits, all doubles, coming from sophomore Brittany Bruce (Lumberton, N.C.), Lee and Nesbitt.
Sophomore center fielder Stephanie Jones (Black Mountain, N.C.), freshman catcher Courtney Klingler (Alvin, Texas) and Bruce each picked up multi-hit games. A pair of runs were driven in by senior right fielder Sarah Forgacs (Cary, N.C.), Bruce and Klingler.
It was a combined effort for the Camels in the circle as sophomore Julia Callicutt (Asheboro, N.C.) started and gave up three unearned runs over the first two innings. Senior hurler Brittany Arnn (Danville, Va.) notched the win to improve to 6-7 with one strikeout over 2.1 frames pitched..
The second save of the season for junior Olivia Scarborough (Buies Creek, N.C.) was recorded as the right-handed pitcher finished the contest, fanning one batter over 2.2 innings. The trio of pitchers limited the Highlanders' attack to four hits.
Emily Naeagle tallied two hits to lead Radford, while Morgan Eye provided a two-run homer in the first to put the home team up, 3-0. A squeeze bunt by Jessica Agee increased the Highlanders' advantage to 4-0 in the third.
The comeback for Campbell began in the fourth as Nesbitt started it off with a double off the fence in right center. After Klingler was plunked with a pitch, Lee drove home the first run of the game.
A RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Scarborough cut the deficit to 4-2. Junior second baseman Shaela Churchill (Winterville, N.C.) reached on a fielding miscue following a single by sophomore left fielder Camise Patterson (Fuquay-Varina, N.C.).
That brought up Bruce, who knocked in two runs with a double to center field to tie the contest at four.
The fifth was started by Nesbitt with a bunt single in front of home plate. Back-to-back singles by Klingler and Lee loaded the bases. Forgacs delivered the would-be game-winning base hit that pushed two runs across to give the Camels a 6-4 advantage before the Highlanders retired the side.
Radford chased Arnn from the circle with a one-out walk. Scarborough came into the circle and quickly retired the side with two fly outs.
Campbell increased the lead to 7-4 on a single by Klingler that glanced off the glove of the diving third baseman into shallow left field.
For the second time in the game, the Camels batted around during the seventh, tacking on four insurances runs following five hits. Five-straight two-out singles started the rally before Klingler was hit by a pitch and Lee doubled home two runs.
The loss was credited to reliever Rachael Walters (12-9), who fanned two in three innings of work. Jackie Jenkins tossed the first 3.2 frames, while Allie Reid notched the final out for Radford.
Campbell faces two mid-week doubleheaders on the road starting on Tuesday night a 5 p.m. doubleheader at UNC Wilmington. The Camels travel to Hampton on Thursday for a pair of games beginning at 2 p.m. Live stats and free audio are available for all the contests on GoCamels.com.