BUIES CREEK, N.C. – After a loss in the team's first game of the day to Saint Joseph's, Campbell's softball team earned a split on the day with a 5-3 victory over Towson on Saturday evening, Feb. 18, at the Eakes Athletic Complex.
Junior Brittany Arnn (2-2) won her second consecutive game in going the distance. She allowed three runs (one earned) and struck out four. The loss was taken by the Tigers' Dominque Ortega (0-1). Ortega allowed all five earned runs in her six innings worked.
CU's offense started the scoring in the second inning with a run. Sophomore Jessi Lane reached on a fielder's choice and scored all the way from first on Shaela Churchill's double down the right field line.
The Camels put a three-spot on the board in the third inning. Freshman Ericka Nesbitt, who would total four more hits in the two games on Saturday, reached on an infield single. Fellow rookie Stephanie Jones then moved her to second with her single up the middle. Raven Lee loaded the bases with her single. Senior Taylor McGee drove in Nesbitt and Jones with her double. Lee scored the third run of the inning on Lane's single to right.
Towson cut the deficit in half with two runs in the top of the fourth. Brianna Jones reached on throwing error from CU. A walk to Lindsey Kent moved her to second. Delanie Dunham loaded the bases with her infield single. A Stueckler fielder's choice drove in Jones from third. Stef Polonia drove in the final run of the frame with her infield single.
The Camels put the margin at three with a run in the bottom of the frame on Stephanie Jones' RBI double to drive in junior Sarah Forgacs.
The Tigers added a final run in the fifth on Ericka Stasch's RBI ground out.
The Camels fell in the first game of the day to Saint Joseph's by a 1-0 score. The game was tight throughout with walks again playing a major story in the game with senior Christina Melton (1-3) walking eight batters from the second straight game. The Charlotte, N.C. native did limit the Hawks to only a single hit on the afternoon though.
The only run of the game came in to score in the fifth inning. Deanna Stinner started the frame with a lead-off walk. Traneya White then was inserted to run for the Hawks. Alaina Loguidice then attempted to sacrifice White to second. On the play the Camels attempted to get the lead runner but the throw was off target and pulled the Campbell player off the bag. After another walk, Lauren Reardon drove in White with her RBI ground out.
The Camels were able to outhit Saint Joseph's 7 to 1, but were only able to draw one walk in the game and gave up eight free passes.
CU's last serious threat came in the seventh inning. Freshman Erica Johnson ripped a one-out double up the middle. Freshman Camise Patterson ran for Johnson and moved to second on the fielding error from the Hawk's shortstop. Nesbitt then singled to the shortstop to load the bases with two outs. The threat was ended as Erin Gallagher shut the door with a strike
The Camels head over to Cary, N.C. next for a doubleheader against North Carolina Central starting at 2 p.m. on Feb.
Upon completion of the tournament an all-tournament team was named for the Hampton Inn Invitational
Jillian Van Wagnen – Ohio
Erin Stasch – Towson
Erin Gallagher – Saint Joseph's
Rochelle Christmas – Saint Joseph's
Taryn Ashway – Saint Joseph's
Nicole Sleith – Robert Morris – MOP
Sarah Capp – Robert Morris
Jess Apke – Robert Morris
Ericka Nesbitt – Campbell
Raven Lee – Campbell
Taylor McGee – Campbell