May 5, 2013

Softball Falters on Senior Day vs. Longwood

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Longwood came out quickly by scoring six runs in the first two innings, capped by a Megan Baltzell grand slam, and took the series from Campbell with a 7-2 victory on Sunday at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium. The Camels finish the regular season as the No. 2 seed entering the Big South Championship, which begins on Thursday in Rock Hill, S.C.

Seniors pitcher Brittany Arnn (Danville, Va.) and right fielder Sarah Forgacs (Cary, N.C.) were honored prior to their final home game of the season. Arnn came in relief, tossing the final five innings without giving up an earned run to provide the Camels with an opportunity to come back.

Notching multi-hit games were sophomores outfielders Stephanie Jones (Black Mountain, N.C.) and Kailey Farmer (Durham, N.C.) and shortstop Ericka Nesbitt (Salisbury, N.C.).

The two-run third for the Camels was started by the first-career triple by Farmer, a hit by pitch to Jones and infield base hit by Nesbitt. Freshman catcher Courtney Klingler (Alvin, Texas) came through with a two-RBI single through the right side.

The powerful Longwood offense struck first with a solo homer by Brooke Short to center. A leadoff infield base hit by Chelsea Sciacca and walk started off the second for Longwood before a seeing-eye single by Katie Shinrock loaded the bases in the second.

The top of the Lancer lineup made the Camels pay as Kori Nishitomi hit a ball through the right side, and Megan Baltzell launched a homer over the fence in center for a grand slam.

Campbell out-hit Longwood, 7-to-8, but would be unsuccessful in cutting into the deficit by leaving runners in scoring position in the first, fifth and sixth innings.

Improving to 16-7 in the circle was Libby Morris with a complete-game five strikeout performance.

The Big South Championships begin on Thursday with No. 2 Campbell opening the event at 5 p.m. against No. 7 Gardner-Webb in Rock Hill, S.C. Fans that are unable to attend the event can follow the action with free audio and subscription video through the Big South Network.