ROCK HILL, S.C. – No. 6 Longwood scored the first three runs and defeated No. 2 Campbell, 5-1, on Saturday morning at Terry Field in the Big South Championship.
The teams will battle for a second time at 2 p.m. with the winner advancing to the championship game played on Sunday at noon on ESPNU. Fans can follow all the action with live stats, free audio and subscription video through the Big South Network.
Campbell (39-19) was held to a single run in the third, driven in by freshman catcher Courtney Klingler (Alvin, Texas), while the team stranded five runners on the base paths. Libby Morris (19-8) allowed just five hits during the complete-game win for Longwood.
Longwood totaled nine hits during the contest led by Kori Nishitomi and Megan Baltzell with two base knocks a piece. Baltzell connected on her 29th homer of the season in the sixth.
Sophomore third baseman Brittany Bruce (Lumberton, N.C.) tallied a multi-hit game for the Camels.
In the circle, senior Brittany Arnn (Danville, Va.) started and yielded three runs on six hits, but pitched well as the Lancers found holes in the Camels' infield for five of the base knocks. The final 5.2 frames were hurled by sophomore Julia Callicutt (Asheboro, N.C.), who recorded four strikeouts and gave up just one earned run.
The Lancers struck first as Nishitomi led off with a single up the middle and came around to score won an RBI base knock by Chelsea Sciacca.
During the second, four hits were tallied, leading to two runs for the Lancers before Callicutt came on in relief to register the final two outs on a pop out and ground out to leave the bases loaded.
Campbell threatened in the bottom half as junior first baseman Raven Lee (Battleboro, N.C.) doubled down the right field line and Forgacs singled to center with no outs, but both would end up being stranded.
Bruce opened the third for the Camels with a bunt single in front of home plate and stole second before scoring on a groundout by Klingler, 3-1.
After Baltzell's homer in the sixth, the Lancers took advantage of two Campbell mistakes to stretch the advantage to 5-1. Morris then retired the Camels in order to seal the win.