Camel softball sweeps Charlotte
Campbell notched a sweep of Charlotte with Olivia Scarborough's walk-off homer for a 6-5 victory in game one Wednesday at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium, then Brittany Arnn's complete game leading the Camels (14-8) to a 3-1 win in game two.
In the sixth inning of game one, freshman catcher Courtney Klingler blasted a solo homer to put the Camels up 5-4 before the 49ers plated a game-tying unearned run in the seventh. The round trippers were the fifth of the season for both Scarborough and Klingler.
Freshman hurler Courtney Roberts improved her mark to 6-3 with three strikeouts in registering her fifth complete game of the year. Falling to 6-7 on the campaign was Katie Watkins, who went the distance and stuck out three.
Notching two base knocks and one RBI for the Camels was junior first baseman Raven Lee to lead the offense, while sophomore second baseman Maggie Christopher notched a two-run single to cap a four-run first inning.
The Camels took advantage of back-to-back-to-back walks in the first drawn by Klingler, sophomore center fielder Stephanie Jones and senior right fielder Sarah Forgacs. Sophomore shortstop Ericka Nesbitt, who beat out an infield single, was forced home for the first run of the contest.
Nesbitt is leading NCAA Div. I with a .530 batting average.
First baseman Kalie Lang accounted for five of Charlotte's six runs in the doubleheader. She hit two-run homers in the second and fourth innings of game one, then a solo shot in the fifth of game two.
The 49ers' only other run in the doubleheader came via a defensive miscue by the Camels with two outs in the seventh.
In game two, Arnn, a Camel senior, tossed a complete game with three strikeouts to even her record at 2-2. The loss was tagged to Chelsea Lisikatos (4-1), who limited the Campbell offense to two hits, while fanning four in six innings of work.
Arnn and Roberts have been impressive in the circle over the last four games, combining for a 1.25 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 28 innings.
All the scoring for Campbell occurred in the first inning as three runs crossed the plate with only one being charged as earned. Consecutive hit batters by Lisikatos to load the bases proved costly as Nesbitt scored the first run for the Camels off the bat of Forgacs.
Lee forced in a run on a fielder's choice, and heads up base running on a delayed steal enabled for Forgacs to cross the plate for the third run of the game.
Natalie Capone registered two hits for the 49ers as the team totaled seven but Arnn was able to pitch through a couple of jams to force Charlotte to strand seven base runners.
Sophomore Haley Haselden, in her first start in left field, made a momentum-changing diving catch moving toward the left field line for the second out in the fourth inning with a runner on first base.
Campbell begins Big South play on Friday hosting a doubleheader against Gardner-Webb at 4 p.m. The finale of the series is on Saturday at 12 p.m. The Camels wrap up a 10-game homestand on Tuesday by hosting SEC foe South Carolina at 6 p.m.