Softball Splits On First Day of Hampton Inn Invitational

Ericka Nesbitt
Ericka Nesbitt

BUIES CREEK, N.C.  – Campbell's softball team (2-4) split the team's two games on the first day of the Hampton Invitational on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Eakes Athletic Complex in Buies Creek, N.C. The Camels fell in the opening game by a 5-1 score to Robert Morris, but then rallied to win the second game over Ohio by a 6-4 score.

Junior Brittany Arnn (1-2) battled hard in the second game to throw the complete game and earn her first victory of the season. She also set a new career-high with nine strikeouts of the Bobcats to better the eight she had against Lehigh last season. Arnn allowed four runs and four walks during her seven innings of work. The loss was taken by Ohio's Kaylin Clarke, who allowed five runs in her first two innings of work.

The Camels jumped all over the Bobcats with five runs in the first three innings. CU started the scoring with a run in the first. Junior Sarah Forgacs started the rally with lead-off single. She moved to second on freshman Ericka Nesbitt's single and came in to score on senior Taylor McGee's run-scoring double.

Ohio tied the game at one each in the top of the second on Jillian Van Wagnen's run-scoring single to score Gebele, who had started the frame with a lead-off walk.

CU took the lead for good with two more in the second inning. Senior Christina Melton doubled to right center and scored on Shaela Churchill's triple down the right field line. Sophomore Jessi Lane drove in Churchill's with a sacrifice fly to right.

The Campbell offense added a two-spot in the third inning Nesbitt reached on an infield single and moved to third on Stephanie Jones' double. A wild pitch scored Nesbitt from third. Jones moved to second on a McGee's hit by pitch, third on the first wild pitched and scored herself on the next wild offering.

The Camels' final tally of the game came in the fifth inning on sophomore Raven Lee's first home run of the season.

The Bobcats made the seventh inning exciting with three runs. In the frame, Lauren Gellerman drove in a pair of runs with a double. A wild pitch brought in the final Ohio run before CU's Arnn closed the game with a strikeout.

In the first game of the day for CU, Melton (1-2) started in the circle and was tagged with the loss. She only allowed three hits, but walked eight in the game with four of her walks eventually leading to RMU runs.

A walk to Jaci Timko and hit by Sarah Capp led to the first run for the Colonials in the first inning.

RMU added another tally to the lead in the fourth inning. Timko started another troublesome inning with a walk and scored the team's second run on steal of home while pinch runner Jessica Tanigawa intentionally got hung up in rundown.

The Colonials added their last two runs in the fifth inning. Katrina Gallagher drew a lead-off walk. Chelsea Evans also walked. A ground out moved each runners up a base. Jessica Calderone drove in the first run with her fielder's choice ground out. The second run crossed the plate on Allie Patton's fielder's choice ground out.

The Camels lone tally of the game came in the seventh inning when Melton launched her first home run of the season to make the final score 5-1.

The Camels continue play in the Hampton Inn Invitational with games against Saint Joseph's at 12:30 p.m. and Towson at 5:30 p.m. at the Eakes Athletic Complex, Feb. 18.