Camels Take Two From Seahawks Wednesday
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
BUIES CREEK, North Carolina - Freshman Stephanie Jones went 4-for-7 with three RBI to lead Campbell to a sweep of UNCW, 2-1 and 7-3, in a non-conference softball doubleheader Wednesday at the Eakes Athletic Complex.
The Camels improved to 23-24 overall with the doubleheader sweep while the Seahawks moved to 7-36 on the campaign. UNCW returns to action Saturday as it opens a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series at Drexel with an 11 a.m. doubleheader.
Jones highlighted a Campbell attack that finished with 13 hits in the twin bill as fellow freshman Ericka Nesbitt was 3-for-6 with four runs scored and senior Christina Melton was 2-for-4 with three RBI.
Senior Kelsey Eddinger went 3-for-6 at the plate to lead UNCW. Junior Lauryn Buckworth and freshman Jordan Critcher were both 2-for-5 while senior Ashley Shingleton hit her team-leading fourth home run of the season in the nightcap.
Game one saw Campbell take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a Jones single to right field that plated sophomore Shaela Churchill, who drew a walk to open the inning.
UNCW got on the board in the top of the fourth, using a single down the left field line from Critcher to even the score at 1-all.
The Camels regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of a double steal attempt to score Nesbitt from third to take a 2-1 lead.
That would all the support that sophomore Olivia Scarborough would need, retiring the final six UNCW batters she faced in order to end the contest and improve her record to 6-3 on the season. In seven innings of work, Scarborough allowed one run on four hits and one walk.
Senior Amanda Davenport took the loss for UNCW in the opener as she moved to 6-18 on the season. In six innings in the circle, Davenport surrendered two runs (one earned) on three hits and five walks. She struck out seven.
In game two, Campbell jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, using a bases loaded walk by freshman Erica Johnson and run scoring singles from Melton and Womack to build the early advantage.
UNCW cut into the Camels advantage in the top of the fourth, as a leadoff home run from Shingleton and a two-out error that allowed Critcher to score from third made it a 4-2 contest.
Jones pushed the Campbell advantage to 5-2 in the bottom half of the fourth on a two-out triple before RBI doubles from Melton in the fifth and Jones in the sixth to stretched the Camels cushion to 7-2.
Freshman Kristen Jernigan scored on a wild pitch in the top of the seventh to trim the Seahawks deficit to 7-3, but that would be as close as UNCW would get as Campbell turned a double play for the final two outs of the contest.
Freshman Julia Calicutt was credited with the win in game two for Campbell to even her season mark at 6-6. In 6.1 innings, Calicutt allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and seven walks. She struck out four.