Softball Sweeps Hampton, 11-2 and 8-0

Ericka Nesbitt
Ericka Nesbitt

BUIES CREEK, N.C.  – Campbell's softball team (11-11) was able to sweep its doubleheader from Hampton (4-11) by scores of 11-2 and 8-0 on Wednesday, March 7, at the Eakes Athletic Complex.

Junior Brittany Arnn (5-5) earned the win in the first game in going five innings with two runs allowed and three strikeouts. Freshman Julia Callicutt (3-1) earned the victory in the second game. She was dominating as she allowed just three hits and struck out a career-high eight in throwing the first shutout of her career. Jailynn Jackson (1-5) was tagged with the game one loss and allowed nine runs in her 3.2 inning thrown. Travonna Byrd (3-6) lost the second game and allowed seven runs in 5.1 innings thrown.

Freshman Ericka Nesbitt had a career-high four hits in the second game and five hits on the day to go along with a pair of walks, three RBIs, three runs scored and a stolen base. Fellow freshman Stephanie Jones had four hits in her six at-bats with a home run, three runs scored and five RBIs in the two games. Junior Sarah Forgacs drove in four in the doubleheader. Freshman Kerstine Womack was able to cross the plate five times including three times in game two.

The Camels struck first with three runs in the third inning of the first game on the three-run home run from Jones. Forgacs started the trouble and was hit by a pitch. She moved to second as Nesbitt walked. Jones would follow with her blast to clear the bases. The home run was the second of the season for Jones.

Hampton answered with two runs in the fourth inning. Nina Ferguson doubled and then scored on Margaret Wilkins' home run.

CU's offense exploded for six runs in the bottom of the inning. Senior Christina Melton reached first on a fielder's choice. Sophomore Shaela Churchill moved her to second with her single to right. Womack was able to reach first and load the bases as no one could be retired on the fielder's choice off her bat hit to the left side of the infield. Forgacs drove in the first run of the inning with her sacrifice fly scoring Melton from third. Nesbitt drove in the second with her bunt single with Churchill charging in from third on the successful attempt. Jones then reached on an infield single to drive in Womack. Sophomore Raven Lee cleared the bases and scored Nesbitt and Jones with her sixth home run of the season.

The Camels finished the first game scoring with two in the fifth. Churchill walked and took second on Womack's single. Freshman Camise Patterson loaded the bases with her walk. After a strikeout and a fielder's choice allowed sophomore Jessi Lane to reach but Churchill to be eliminated on the force out at the plate, freshman Casey Taylor singled in Womack and Patterson to end the game.

Campbell starting the scoring with two runs in the first inning of the second game on senior Taylor McGee's double.

The Camels put three more runs on the board in the second. Womack reached on an infield single and scored all the way from first on Forgacs' triple to right. Nesbitt drove in Forgacs with her infield single. Jones followed with a double to plate Nesbitt.

CU added two more runs to the lead in the fourth inning. Churchill was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt that allowed Womack to reach. The ball was thrown away on the play to move Churchill to third. Womack then stole second to move into scoring position. Forgacs followed with a double to score Churchill and Womack.

The Camels completed the game with a tally in the sixth inning. Taylor pinch hit and walked. Womack was reinserted to run for Taylor and moved to second on a ground out, third on a pass ball and scored on Nesbitt's infield single.

CU hits the road again to participate in the Adidas/Winthrop Invitational starting with the team's game against Albany on March 9 at noon. The Camels will also play a second game that afternoon in Rock Hill, S.C. against Bowling Green at 4 p.m.