|Seahawks Unable To Stop Charging Camels|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Sophomore Ericka Nesbitt went 4-for-7 with three runs scored to lead Campbell to a sweep of UNCW, 9-3 and 5-3, in a collegiate softball doubleheader Tuesday at Boseman Field.
The Camels improved to 35-16 overall as they extended their winning streak to nine games with the sweep. The Seahawks, meanwhile, moved to 13-32 as they saw their losing skid stretch to nine games. UNCW returns to action Thursday as it closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 4 p.m. doubleheader against North Carolina Central.
Game one saw UNCW take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as sophomore Kristen Jernigan ripped a two-out double to left field that plated senior Olivia Poplin from second.
Sophomore Camise Patterson put the Camels in front, 2-1, in the top of the second on a two-run home run to right center before Campbell plated five runs in the top of the third, highlighted by a grand slam from junior Olivia Scarbrough, to build a 7-1 cushion.
A RBI groundout in the bottom of the fourth by senior Brittany Gamby pulled the Seahawks within five, 7-2, but the Camels countered with a solo home run from junior Raven Lee in the fifth and a run-scoring single by junior Jordan Clarke in the sixth to expand their cushion to 9-2. A Camel error in the bottom of the sixth allowed freshman Erin Brown to score from third and determined the final six-run margin.
Lee was 2-for-3 with two RBI while Scarbrough went 1-for-4 with a grand slam to pace a Campbell lineup that finished with nine base hits in the opener. Nesbitt was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three stolen bases as the Camels swiped eight bases in the contest.
Freshman Courtney Roberts picked up the win for the Camels in game one as she improved to 17-6 on the season. In four innings in the circle, Roberts allowed two runs on three hits and four walks. Brittany Arnn replaced Roberts in the fifth and pitched the final three innings, surrendering one unearned run on two hits and two walks to earn her second save of the season. Arnn recorded seven of her nine outs by way of strikeout.
Freshman Jordin Phillips was 2-for-4 to lead a UNCW lineup that recorded five base hits in game one. Sophomore Jordyn Schmidt took the loss for the Seahawks to move to 4-14 on the season. Schmidt pitched all seven innings, allowing nine runs (four earned) on nine hits and three walks. She struck out four.
In the nightcap, Campbell took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a UNCW error and added two more runs in the third on a RBI groundout by sophomore Stephanie Jones and a triple by freshman Courtney Klingler build a 3-0 cushion.
The Seahawks cut into the Camels margin in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of a Campbell error and a one-out single by Poplin to make it a one-run contest, 3-2, before using a single to center field by junior Morgan McCann in the bottom of the fourth to bring home sophomore pinch runner Jessica Rappe and tie the game at 3-all.
Campbell regained its advantage in the top of the fifth, as a single by Klingler and a wild pitch put the Camels back in front, 5-3.
That would be all the support that sophomore Julia Callicut would need, allowing just one runner to reach base over the final three innings as she improved to 9-1 on the season. In seven innings in the circle, Callicutt allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks. She struck out five, including three of the final seven batters she faced.
Klingler was 2-for-4 with two RBI while Nesbitt and junior Shaela Churchill were 2-for-3 with one run scored to guide a Camels attack that finished with eight hits in game two.
Poplin was 2-for-4 with a RBI while McCann was 1-for-4 with one run batted in for UNCW in game two. Sophomore Casey Rowland took the loss for the Seahawks to slip to 8-12 on the season. Rowland surrendered five runs (four earned) on eight hits and one walk. She fanned five.