Softball Falls to No. 10/12 Georgia, 10-1
ATHENS, Ga. – Campbell's softball team (1-3) lost its third straight game at the Red & Black Showcase on Sunday, Feb. 12. The Camels fell to No. 10/12 Georgia (4-0) by a 10-1 score in the team's final game of the tournament.
Senior Christina Melton (1-1) took the loss for Campbell and allowed four runs (three earned) in 2.2 innings worked. She was hurt by the base on balls and walked seven in her time. Tess Sito (1-0) was the winner for Georgia. She allowed just two hits and an unearned run with seven strikeouts in throwing a complete game.
Georgia nearly broke through in the first. Niaja Griffin led off the game with a walk, stole second and took third on a single from Ashley Pauly. Both runners moved up a base as Tess Sito was hit by a pitch. Melton stepped up and got out of the bases loaded no out situation. She struck out Kristyn Sandberg and then got Paige Wilson to line out to right fielder Sarah Forgacs. On the play the runner tried to score from third and the relay throw from Forgacs to Erica Johnson to Taylor McGee cut her down at the plate to keep the game scoreless after one.
In the second inning more noteworthy Campbell defense was on display as a lineout double play from Nesbitt to Johnson off the ball hit by Macie Couey stopped a UGA potential rally in its tracks.
Georgia did break through for four in the third inning. Sito doubled in Griffin from second for the first run of the game. Griffin reached on a one-out walk and then stole second to get on base and into scoring position. Sandberg then walked. Wilson followed with an infield single just out of the reach of the CU pitcher to score Sito from second. On the play the Camels attempted to keep a runner close at third and threw it away to allow Sandberg to score the game's third run. The fourth run came in as Melton walked pinch hitter Brittney Hubbard with the bases loaded.
The Camels picked up the team's first hit of the game on Sarah Forgacs shot up the middle to start the fourth. A fielder's choice, strike out and fly out ended the potential threat.
The Bulldogs scored two more runs in the fourth inning. Pauly reached on a one-out single. She moved all the way to third on the error from the CU defense off a misplay on a ball hit by Sito. Sandberg followed with single to drive in Pauly from third. Sito came in to score the second run of the inning and sixth of the game on Paige Wilson's sacrifice fly.
The Camels scored their run in the fifth inning. Freshman Kailey Farmer reached on a fielder's choice and came all the way around to score from first on freshman Erica Johnson's double to right center. It was the first hit of Johnson's career and also her first career RBI.
The UGA offense put up another two-spot in the fifth aided by another Campbell miscue. Gracie Goulder started the inning with a double. Anna Swafford moved her to third with a single. Swafford then stole second and on the play the ball was thrown into center field to allow Goulder to score and Swafford to move to third. Griffin then grounded out to score Swafford from third with the eighth run of the game.
The Bulldogs finished the scoring with two in the sixth off Sandberg's home run with Sito on base.
The Camels now return home to host the Hampton Inn Invitational from Feb. 17-18 in Buies Creek, N.C. The Camels are slated to take on Robert Morris at 5:30 p.m. to start the team's games on Feb. 17 with a game against Ohio to follow at 8 p.m.