February 24, 2012

Softball Splits Games On First Day of Phyllis Rafter Memorial

WOODSTOCK, Ga.  – Campbell (6-6) used a strong pitching performance from junior Brittany Arnn to win its second contest of the day and split the team's two games on the opening day of the Phyllis Rafter Memorial in Kennesaw State. CU was able to defeat Alabama State (1-8) by a 6-0 score in game two. The team fell to St. Louis (8-4) in its opening game of the day by a 9-1 margin.

Arnn (3-2) was in control throughout and struck out seven in throwing her and the team's first shutout of the season. She allowed just two hits and only walked a pair in the victory. The loss was taken by Alabama State's Aman Gracia. She gave up all six runs in her six innings worked.

The Camels started the scoring with two in the second. Sophomore Raven Lee led-off the inning with a home run to right field. It was her second blast of the season. Senior Taylor McGee was then hit by a pitch, took second on a pass ball, third on a ground out and scored on sophomore Shaela Churchill's sacrifice fly.

Arnn pitched herself out of a first and third one-out jam in the fourth inning with a ground out to short and fly ball to right to keep the Hornets at bay.

The Camels put up a four-spot in the fifth inning. Churchill started the inning with a walk. Sophomore Jessi Lane was then hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a double steal. Freshman Kerstine Womack then singled off the second baseman's glove up the middle to score Churchill from third. Sarah Forgacs punched a single up the middle to plate Lane. A sacrifice bunt from freshman Ericka Nesbitt moved each runner up a base. Fellow freshman Stephanie Jones drove in Womack with her RBI ground out. Lee then drove in Forgacs from second with her liner that went over the right fielder's head.

In the first game of the day, St. Louis scored a run in the first inning. Jessica Bushjost walked, took second on a sacrifice bunt and third on that play's throw over to first. She came in to score the first run on Erin Harcar's grounder.

The Billikens added three more runs to the lead in the second on Lindsay Friedman's blast with Rachel Faletto and Jessica Van Nostrand on base. Faletto started the frame with a lead-off walk. Van Nostrand reached on single off the CU pitcher and into left field.

The Camels broke through for a run in the fourth inning. Jones reached on a lead-off double and patiently waited at second until freshman Erica Johnson drove a two-out double down the line to score her and make the score 4-1.

St. Louis added two more runs to the lead in the fifth inning. Another lead-off base on balls started the trouble with Friedman walking to start the inning. Bushjost then reached first on her sacrifice bunt attempt as Friedman moved safely to second. Katie Kroger was then hit by a pitch to load the bases with no one out. The next batter, Harcar, lined out to Nesbitt at shortstop. Nesbitt threw on to third to double off the lead-off runner, Friedman. Just when it looked like Melton was able to escape the inning unscathed, Laura Bohing cleared the bases with a double.

The Billikens finished off the scoring with three in the sixth inning. Kelsey Biggs started the frame with a single. Van Nostrand followed with a single, After a CU pitching change; Dockins was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Friedman then walked to force in Biggs. Breanna Lockett was inserted as a pinch hitter and drove in Van Nostrand with a fielder's choice. After a fly out, Harcar ended the game with her RBI single to plate Friedman.

Melton (2-4) was tagged with the loss and allowed eight runs in five innings. The win was earned by Hannah Huebbe (4-1). Huebbe allowed one run on four hits in six innings worked.

The Camels continue play in the Phyllis Rafter Memorial and take on Eastern Kentucky at 10:30 a.m. on Feb 25.