ROCK HILL, S.C. – Freshman Julia Callicutt pitched a one-hitter and Campbell's softball team (12-14) got a walk-off extra inning game-winning home run from fellow rookie Kailey Farmer to defeat UNC Wilmington (4-15) by 2-0 score on Saturday evening, March 10, in the team's final game of the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational.
Callicutt (4-3) pitched the longest outing of her career in going eight innings with three strikeouts. She kept the team in the game and kept throwing up zeros until Campbell's offense could score the extra inning tallies. The loss was taken by Casey Rowland (1-7). Rowland allowed just two runs (one earned) with eight strikeouts.
Campbell's offense continued its struggles and only had three hits in eight innings. In the team's four games over the weekend CU only had 13 hits and three runs, but it was enough to win the last game after Farmer's blast.
The CU eighth inning started well as freshman pinch runner Kerstine Womack was placed on second base as part of the international tie breaker. She then stole third as Farmer missed on her bunt attempt. Farmer then delivered with her long game-winning home run to centerfield.
CU's first base runner of the game was a walk by senior Taylor McGee in the second inning.
The game also featured a 44 minute sun delay that started in the top of the third inning. CU put a runner on in the bottom of the frame as sophomore Jordan Clarke walked, but pinch runner Camise Patterson was picked off to stop the potential rally.
UNCW had the first hit of the game for either team in the fourth inning as Jordan Critcher doubled to center. A wild pitch moved her third with only one out. Callicutt retired the next two in order though to keep the game scoreless.
The Camels picked their first hit of the game on sophomore Shaela Churchill's single to right. Junior Sarah Forgacs followed with a single to put two on base and one out. A fielder's choice and infield pop out ended the potential scoring inning quickly though.
UNCW nearly broke through for a run in the eighth inning. Laura Sykes was placed on second to start the inning. Olivia Poplin then walked. A sacrifice bunt moved each runner up a base. Callicutt then induced a ground out to third for the second out. A infield pop out ended the inning for the freshman to keep the game scoreless.
CU now returns home to host the Camel Stampede from March 16-17. CU is scheduled to take on North Carolina Central and Drexel for two games each during the tournament.