Campbell opens 2017 with a pair of victories Friday

Megan Mozingo (ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Megan Mozingo (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Four home runs and nine stolen bases propelled Campbell to a pair of victories Friday inside Amanda Littlejohn Stadium to begin the 2017 campaign.

Campbell (2-0) knocked off St. Francis (Pa.) (1-1) in walk-off fashion, 7-5, in game one. In game two, CU defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore (0-2) in five innings, 12-4.

Rachel McCollum tallied a pair of home runs on the day, as she went 4-for-6 with seven RBI. Amber Schisler tallied four hits and four RBI during the afternoon, including her first home run of the year, a walk-off against SFU.

Madison Herring showed off her speed on the bases Friday evening, as she scored five times and was a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen bases. 

The Camels saw action from four different pitchers Friday, as Katie Baker, Holly Brooks, and Schisler worked at least three innings in the circle. Megan Richards pitched the seventh inning of the first game and earned her first collegiate win. Schisler took the victory in game two for Campbell. 

Game one: Campbell 7, St. Francis (Pa.) 5

St. Francis opened up the scoring in the top of the first after a double-play with the bases loaded scored one. Campbell was held to zero hits in the first two innings, but struck for three runs on three hits in the third.

Christa Hall reached on a fielder's choice and Madison Herring drew her second hit by pitch of the contest to put two runners on and no outs. With two on, McCollum cranked her first home run of the year over the left centerfield field wall to give CU a 3-0 lead.

Campbell's 3-1 held through the fourth inning until St. Francis tallied three runs to take a 4-3 advantage. Madison Cabell hit a sac fly to centerfield to one and Kassidy Troxell connected on a RBI single to left field to even the scoreline. With two on, McKenzie Burge gave SFU a 4-3 lead with a sacrifice fly to right field.

CU responded in the bottom half of the inning to reclaim the lead, 5-4. Herring began the inning with a leadoff single, followed by a steal of second. In the next at bat, McCollum connected on her second home run of the contest to give Campbell the lead.

SFU scored one in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 5-5 off of Troxell's RBI single to right centerfield. After McCollum drew an intentional walk, Schisler joined the long ball party with her first home run of the season to take the walk-off win, 7-5.

Game two: Campbell 12, Maryland-Eastern Shore 4 [F/5]

In game two, MDES scored a pair of first inning runs to take a 2-1 lead. Sarah Maldonado and Allison Gingrich scored after two Campbell throwing errors. The Camels added one in the bottom half of the inning after Melissa Tullar's infield single scored Herring from third.

CU scored two in the second to take a 3-2 lead. Christa Hall started with a leadoff triple and scored on Taylor Campbell's single to right field. After back-to-back outs, Schisler scored Campbell from third with a single into centerfield.

The Hawks continued to battle as they reclaimed the lead in the top of the third, after Adrienne Guerra tallied a two out 2-RBI double, to put MDES ahead 4-3.

Campbell's batted around in the third inning to score six runs and lead 9-4. Hall record an RBI single to the shortstop, which allowed Taesha DuBoise to score from third base. One batter later, Campbell launched her first home run of the season to put CU ahead by two runs. A pair of RBI singles and an RBI double plated three more runs in the inning for the five-run advantage.

The Orange and Black stretched the lead to eight, 12-4, after a three-run fourth inning. With runners on second and third, Campbell notched her second RBI of the contest to score Caroline Smith from third base. Jessica Anderson scored on the next at-bat, courtesy of Baker's RBI single. Two batters later, McCollum registered an RBI double to score Herring.

With the eight-run advantage, Baker shut the door in the top of the fifth, as she struck out the side to end the game due to run rule. 

Up next:

Campbell will return to action in day two of the Campbell Invitational Saturday at 3 p.m. against N.C. Central. Game two of the day will begin at 5:30 p.m. against St. Francis (Pa.)