Softball Splits Doubleheader With Radford

Raven Lee  (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Raven Lee (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK, N.C.  – Campbell's softball (17-17, 2-1 Big South) split the program's conference doubleheader with Radford (17-9, 4-1 Big South) on Friday, March 30, at the Eakes Athletic Complex.

The Camels were again plagued by miscues and committed 10 errors that led to nine unearned runs between the two games. The pitching staff also hit two batters and threw four wild pitches.

Junior Brittany Arnn (7-7) earned the victory for Campbell in the first game with 2.2 innings of relief work with two strikeouts. The loss was taken by Micalah Sacre (4-4). Sacre allowed four runs in 4.1 innings in the circle. Freshman Julia Callicutt (5-4) was the loser for CU in the second game in allowing four runs (none earned) in 2.1 innings in the circle. Radford's Jackie Jenkins (7-2) earned the game two win and limited the Camels to four hits and one earned run.

Sophomore Raven Lee was Campbell's hitting star with three hits, two home runs and six RBIs in the doubleheader. She was one of three CU players to hit home runs along with senior Christina Melton and freshman Stephanie Jones.

The Camels started the scoring in the first game with a run in second inning on Melton's fourth blast of the season.  CU added two more runs in the fourth inning. Lee walked and saw freshman Kerstine Womack pinch run for her. Womack would score just ahead of Jones' fourth home run of the season to put the margin at three.

The Highlanders tied the game with three in the top of the fifth inning. Jackie Warr struck out but reached first on a pass ball. She then stole second. Vicki Madden followed with a walk. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch off a strikeout. Hannah Ojeda reached on a fielding error from the CU second baseman. The error allowed Warr to score. The ball was then thrown away to allow Madden to also score and Ojeda to move all the way to third. A hit by pitch with the bases loaded would allow her to tie the game later in the frame.

Campbell's offense exploded for five runs in the bottom of the frame. Sophomore Shaela Churchill reached on a one-out infield single and took second on a wild pitch. Freshman Camise Patterson was then inserted to run for Churchill and scored from second on junior Sarah Forgacs' single to center. Freshman Ericka Nesbitt reached first as her sacrifice bunt attempt was dropped by the RU catcher. Senior Taylor McGee then drew a walk to load the bases. Forgacs, Nesbitt and McGee all quickly came in to score as Lee lifted a grand slam to left field to complete the five-spot. The home run was Lee's seventh of the season.

RU would get their lone earned run in the game in the seventh as Nicole Beall hit a lead-off home run to make the final score 8-4

The second game saw Radford score a pair of unearned runs in both the first and second inning to take 4-0 lead.

CU's offense got two runs back in the fourth as Lee hit her eighth home run of the season and second of the day with Nesbitt on base.

Radford capitalized on a generous Campbell defense in the top of the sixth inning with six unearned runs. The big hits of the inning were a two-run home run from Morgan Eye and a three-run home run from Michelle Beall.

Campbell completes the series with a single game against Radford starting at 2 p.m. on March 31.