Campbell shuts out Winthrop in doubleheader
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Freshman Courtney Roberts and sophomore Julia Callicutt combined for 12 strikeouts in 6-0 and 2-0 shutouts at Winthrop on Tuesday evening. A 6-for-8 performance with one RBI at the plate by sophomore shortstop Ericka Nesbitt paced the Camels.
Campbell swept the three-game Big South series against the Eagles to move to 30-16 overall and 14-4 in the league. Winthrop fell to 21-23 on the campaign and an even 9-9 in league play.
In game one, Roberts tossed a two-hit complete game with six strikeouts to increase her record to 16-6 on the season.
Callicutt (7-1) was just as impressive in the second contest, allowing four hits and fanning five, while going the distance.
The Campbell defense did not commit a mistake in the doubleheader as Nesbitt paced the team with six assists.
Campbell jumped ahead with three runs in the top of the first in the opening game. RBI singles were contributed by Nesbitt, freshman catcher Courtney Klingler and sophomore left fielder Camise Patterson.
Patterson blasted a homer in the fourth inning, her third of the season, giving the Camels a 4-0 lead.
Two more runs were tacked on in the seventh with a stolen base by Nesbitt at second, allowing sophomore center fielder Stephanie Jones to cross the plate and an RBI base knock to center by senior right fielder Sarah Forgacs.
Roberts, who allowed six base runners in the contest with one reaching third base, was effective in changing speeds and locations throughout the contest.
Game two was a dual between Callicutt and Winthrop's Sutton Watson.
Campbell edged ahead in the third. Junior second baseman Shaela Churchill reached base on a throwing error leading off the inning. A one-out single through the left side by Nesbitt moved the runner into scoring position.
Klinger came through with a productive groundout to place two runners in scoring position with two outs. Back-to-back singles by Forgacs and junior first baseman Raven Lee scored the two unearned runs that proved to be the difference in the contest.
Winthrop had its best chance to solve Callicutt in the sixth as a hit batter and double to left center by McKenzi Corn put the game-tying run at second with two outs. Callicutt was up to the challenge by inducing a ground ball to second to end the threat.
The Camels continue a 10-game road swing with a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 4 p.m. at Radford.