Softball Defeats Eastern Michigan and Falls to Tennessee State on Day One of Lipton Invitational
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Junior Brittany Arnn threw her second shutout of the season to aid Campbell (8-9) to a 5-0 victory over Eastern Michigan (2-9) in the team's second game of the day at the Lipton Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. CU fell in the morning game of the tournament by a 6-1 score to Tennessee State (5-5).
Arnn (4-3) was on her game in throwing her fourth complete game and second shutout of the campaign. She allowed just two hits and struck out four. The loss was taken by Eastern Michigan's Lindsay Wells (0-6). Wells allowed four runs in 1.2 innings in her start.
The Camels started the scoring early with two in the first inning. Freshman Stephanie Jones coaxed a two-out walk, stole second and was on base as sophomore Raven Lee launched a home run. The home run was her fifth of the season and her fourth over the last week of action.
CU manufactured two more runs in the second inning. Junior Christina Melton drew a lead-off walk. Forgacs moved her all the way to third with her single. After a walk to freshman Ericka Nesbitt, Jones ripped a single through the left side to plate Melton and Forgacs with the third and fourth runs of the game.
The Camels added an insurance run in the sixth inning. Freshman Erica Johnson started the frame with a single. A fielder's choice that allowed Melton to reach and was thrown away moved Johnson to second. A fly out moved Johnson to third and she scored when she stole home as Melton stole second.
Melton (3-5) took the loss in allowing six runs (three earned) in 3.1 innings worked in the first game. Freshman Julia Callicutt came in to throw 3.2 scoreless innings of relief. The win was earned by Shea Morris (4-2). Morris allowed just three hits, one run and struck out 10 in throwing a complete game.
Tennessee State started the scoring with a run in the first inning on Jennifer Givens' lead-off inside the park home run down the left field line.
The Camels threatened in the bottom of the frame. Forgacs drew a lead-off walk. A dropped fly ball put two aboard with only one out, but the Camels were retired in the order to allow TSU to escape unscathed.
Tennessee State scored a pair of unearned runs in the second inning. Brittany Davis reached on a two-out single. Taylor Shimizu then reached first and took second on a CU throwing error. Savannah Gutierrez followed with a punch single up the middle to score Davis and Shimizu.
The Tigers added two more runs to the lead in the top of the third. Kate Morris started the frame with a double down the left field line. Tedra Alford pushed a single to center. The strong throw from Jones cut Morris down at the plate as she attempted to score all the way from second on the play. Jordan Beale then walked and Ashley Haynes was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Brittany Davis was hit by Melton's offering to force in s run. A wild pitch followed to score Behl from third.
TSU's kept the scoring going with a run in fourth inning. Givens walked, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on throwing error off the wild pitch.
Campbell got their run on a Jones' lead-off home run in the fourth inning. The home run was the first of her career.
The Camels keep playing in the Lipton Invitational with games against Eastern Michigan and Tennessee State on Saturday, March 3, starting at 4:30 p.m.