WOODSTOCK, Ga. – Campbell (6-8) dropped a 9-6 decision to Georgia State (10-4) in its second game of the day on the second day of the Phyllis Rafter Memorial at the Twin Creeks Softball Complex. For the second straight game the Camels held a lead they could not hold in taking the loss.
Freshman Julia Callicutt (1-1) took the loss in allowing seven runs (six earned) in 3.1 innings pitched. She was troubled by the base on balls and walked six in her stint. The win was earned by McCall Langford (2-2), who came in and threw 3.1 scoreless innings of relief work with only a hit allowed.
Georgia State dented the scoreboard first with two in the second inning. Aubrey Mason drew a lead-off walk. A sacrifice bunt moved her to second. Mason then came in to score the first run on a Carrie Williams double. Williams would score the second run as Whitney Phillips singled to left field.
CU put a four-spot on the board in the third inning. Shaela Churchill started the frame with a single. Freshman Kerstine Womack moved her to second with a bunt. Junior Sarah Forgacs then laid down a bunt single in front of the plate. Freshman Ericka Nesbitt moved both runners up a base with her sacrifice bunt. Fellow freshman Stephanie Jones followed with a two-out two-run single to score both Churchill and Forgacs. Sophomore Raven Lee then launched her fourth home run of the season to complete the inning for the Camels.
The Camels added two more runs to the lead in the fourth inning. Freshman Erica Johnson started the rally with a single. Churchill then doubled to put a pair of runners in scoring position. Womack followed with a sacrifice fly to score Johnson from third. Forgacs then singled to drive in Churchill from second.
The Panthers scored five in the bottom of the frame as Campbell's pitchers walked four, threw two wild pitches and also hit a batter in the inning. Carrie Williams started the frame by reaching on a CU fielding error. She moved to second and then third on consecutive wild pitches. After a walk and a pop out in the infield, Chelsea Sparks singled in Williams. Paige Nowacki loaded the bases with her single. Callie Alford walked to drive in the second run of the inning. A change in pitchers could not stem the tide as Laura Coleman and Mason walked to drive in the next two runs in consecutive at bats. Shannon Palazzo was then hit by a pitch to drive in the fifth run of the inning and give GSU a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the game.
GSU would add single insurance runs in both the fifth and sixth inning to make the final score 9-6 Panthers.
The Camels wrap up play in the tournament with a single game against Southeastern Louisiana at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 26.