Camels split day two at Campbell Invitational

Madison Herring (ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Madison Herring (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Softball opened up with a six inning win, but dropped a 10-inning game two to split its Saturday at the Campbell Invitational inside Amanda Littlejohn Stadium.

Campbell defeated North Carolina Central 8-0 in six innings, but lost in extra innings to St. Francis (Pa.) 7-4 in the nightcap.

Madison Herring went 4-for-6 on the day with three runs scored and three stolen bases. Holly Brooks picked up her first collegiate win versus NC Central, as she pitched five quality innings in which she allowed zero runs and struck out four.

Game one: Campbell 8, NC Central 0 [F/6]

The Camels scored at least one run in all but one inning to pick up their third victory of the weekend.

Amber Schisler recorded the opening RBI of the day as her groundout scored Herring from third in the bottom of the first. CU added another run in the bottom of the second as Bailey Bjorson connected on a RBI single to left field to plate Megan Mozingo.

The scoring continued in the bottom of the third, as Campbell scored a pair of runs to double its lead to 4-0. With bases loaded, DuBoise connected on an infield single to score Herring from third base. One batter later, Mozingo reached on a fielder's choice to score McCollum.

Rachel McCollum connected on her third home run of the season with her two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth to extend CU's lead to 6-0. Caroline Smith hit her first home run of the season in the sixth on the first pitch of her at-bat. Four batters later, DuBoise tallied the game-ending RBI on a bunt single, which scored Schisler from second.

Game two: Campbell 4, St. Francis (Pa.) 7 [F/10]

The Camels began the scoring for the second consecutive game, as they plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. With two on, Schisler recorded a RBI single through the right side to put CU ahead 1-0. Three batters later, DuBoise grounded out to second, but McCollum scored from third on the play.

Campbell led 2-0 until the top of the third inning when Hayley Norton singled into centerfield, which scored Sierra McKee from second to cut the deficit in half, 2-1. SFU tied the game in the top of the fifth after Jordan Seneca's infield single scored Kendra Witthus.

Scoring was halted until the eighth inning when the international tiebreaker rule was put into play, which placed the last batter of the previous inning on second base.

In the eighth, Seneca started on second and scored the lone run after Madison Cabell's fielder's choice RBI. The bases were loaded with one out in the inning, but a force play at home and a ground out ended the threat.

Campbell equalized in the bottom half as Schisler scored on Mozingo's RBI single to left field. Schisler got aboard after being hit in the leadoff spot. She reached second on Melissa Tullar's fielder's choice, and to third after DuBoise drew a walk.

The two teams traded runs in the ninth inning as well. SFU's McKenzie Burge gained third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch during Seneca's at-bat. Campbell got out of another bases loaded situation as Cabell grounded out to end the inning.

With Madison Casto on third, and McCollum on first, Schisler hit a RBI single to right that scored Casto. A strikeout looking ended the frame, as CU had runners on second and third.

The Red Flash added three runs in the tenth to take the 7-4 lead. SFU had two runners on, both of which advanced to scoring position on a passed ball. Kelsie Marconi hit a 2-RBI single up the middle to score both runners. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and third on a sacrifice bunt, then took home shortly after.

Haydn Parker was advanced to third in the bottom half of the inning, but a pair of pop outs and a strike out ended the contest.

Up next:

Campbell finishes the weekend with a third matchup against St. Francis (Pa.) Sunday at 1:30 p.m. inside Amanda Littlejohn Stadium.