Campbell falls to Winthrop, 13-5, eliminated from BSC

Katie Baker (Keith Lucas photo)
Katie Baker (Keith Lucas photo)

FARMVILLE, VA. – Campbell's Big South Softball Championships came to an end Saturday afternoon at Lancer Field, as the No. 2 seed Camels fell to No. 5 seed Winthrop, 13-5.

The contest was originally scheduled for Friday at noon, but a trio of delays halted play after the fourth inning, forcing a Saturday finish.

Winthrop's offense was powered by Ashley Westbrooks' 4-for-5, three run, three RBI performance. Paige Haley and Ansley Gilreath also had multi-hit outings for the Eagles.

The Camels received a pair of two hit performances from Megan Mozingo and Melissa Tullar. Amber Schisler's lone hit of the game was a solo home run in the first and she was then walked in each of her next four at-bats.

Saturday's action saw only two runs score as Morgan Lowers connected on a two-run home run to right field to reach the final scoreline, 13-5.

After a two-hour delay to begin the day on Friday, the teams began play with Campbell in the field first as the higher seed. Winthrop opened the scoring in the top of the first as an illegal pitch plated Haley.

Campbell answered back with three runs in the bottom of the inning before the game was halted for Friday's second delay.

Schisler's 18th home run of the year evened the score at 1-1, as she took the fourth pitch of her at-bat over the trees in right field.

Campbell added two more runs on Tullar's RBI double and Katie Baker's sac fly to left field. With a 3-1 advantage, two on and one out, the game was stopped until 4 p.m. Friday afternoon.

After the second delay, Campbell added one more in the first inning to take a 4-1 lead. Winthrop responded with five runs in the top of the second, led by Westbrooks two-RBI double and a trio of wild pitches, as the Eagles claimed a 6-4 lead.

The Camels closed the gap to one, 6-5, in the bottom of the second on Tullar's RBI single that scored Schisler from second. Winthrop added five more runs to its lead in the top of the fourth to take an 11-5 advantage.

Westbrooks and Gilreath drove in runs on RBI hits for the Eagles to push the lead to 9-5. A pair of wild pitches later in the inning increased the lead to six, 11-5, for the Eagles. 

Kiley Majette (16-16) picked up the win in five innings of work, allowing four hits and striking out seven. Megan Richards (3-4) took the loss in 1.2 innings of work, yielding six runs and walking six.

Campbell will now wait to receive a bid into the National Invitational Softball Championships, with the tournament field set to be announced after the NCAA Softball Selection Show on Sunday evening.

2017 Big South All-Tournament Team
Elizabeth McCarthy, Longwood (MVP)
Justina Augustine, Longwood
Kaylynn Batten, Longwood
Karleigh Donovan, Longwood
Amber Bishop, Liberty
Alexia Taylor, Liberty
Kaitlin McFarland, Liberty
Kiley Majette, Winthrop
Paige Haley, Winthrop
Amber Schisler, Campbell
Melissa Tullar, Campbell