ATHENS, Ga. – On a cold, windy and frigid day, Campbell's softball team (1-2) had a tough second day at the Red & Black Showcase in falling to N.C. State (13-2) and Army (10-8 in eight innings) on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Jack Turner Softball Stadium.
Junior Brittany Arnn lost both games of the double dip. She was not helped by her defense though as seven of the 15 runs she gave up on the day were unearned. The Camels committed 12 errors combined in the two games and also threw 10 wild pitches.
The second game was a high scoring and exciting game. CU exploded for five runs in the second inning. Sophomore Raven Lee started the rally with a walk. Freshman Kerstine Womack was inserted to run for Lee and moved to third on senior Taylor McGee's double. Womack scored the first run of the game off the fielder's choice from sophomore Shaela Churchill. The ball was thrown away on play to also allow McGee to scamper around and score. Churchill, who moved all the way around the bases to third on fielder's choice, then scored off the RBI single from sophomore Jordan Clarke. A sacrifice bunt from sophomore Jessi Lane moved Clarke to second. The sophomore then scored the fourth run of the game on junior Sarah Forgacs' RBI double to center field. Freshman Ericka Nesbitt then drew a walk and promptly stole second as Forgacs stole third. A walk to freshman Stephanie Jones loaded the bases. Melton drove in the final run of the inning with her bases loaded walk.
Army battled back with four in the top of the third with Reanna Johnson driving in two runs with a triple. Rachael Duval followed with an RBI single. Ali Cleinmark drove in the next run with another RBI single.
CU added another run to the advantage in the bottom of the third. McGee walked, Churchill reached on an infield single, Forgacs walked and Nesbitt drove in McGee with her walk.
Army tied the game up in the fourth inning at six apiece off a CU throwing error and a pass ball.
The Black Knight took their first lead of the game in the fifth on a Alex Graff infield single with Morgan Lashley on third base after a CU throwing error allowed her to reach.
The Camels took the lead back in the bottom of the sixth. Nesbitt started the frame with a bunt single. Jones moved her up a base with a single of her own. After the next two were retired on a strike out and fly out, McGee provided the late game heroics with a two RBI single.
Army would not be deterred and tied the game at eight all in the top of the seventh. April Ortenzo reached on a lead-off bunt single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Alex Reynolds drove her in with a single that hit off the third baseman and bounded away to allow Ortenzo to score.
Army took the lead for good with a two-spot in the eighth inning. Alex Gaff was placed on second as part of the tiebreaker rule. She took third on a wild pitch and came into score on the hit off of the bat of Reanna Johnson. Johnson then took second on a wild pitch, third on another error on Campbell and scored on Lashley's RBI ground out.
Campbell had a chance to tie the game or take the lead back in the bottom of the eighth with two runners on, but could not get the big hit to salvage the second game.
The Camels lost the first game to N.C. State by an 13-2 margin. The Wolfpack scored runs in all four innings that they came to the plate including a four spot in the first and six more runs in the second inning. The Campbell defense also committed seven errors. CU's lone offensive bright spot came in the top of the fifth when Jones was able to drive in both Jessi Lane and Ericka Nesbitt with a run-scoring double.
The Camels continue play in the Red & Black Showcase and takes on No. 10/12 Georgia at 1 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Jack Turner Softball Stadium. CU's game against Utah State that was originally schedule for 9 a.m. has been cancelled due to the frigid temperatures and heavy gusts of wind in the Athens area.