Softball Falls Twice To North Carolina State

Shaela Churchill (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Shaela Churchill (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

RALEIGH, N.C.  – Campbell's softball team (20-22) lost a pair of close games by scores of 3-2 and 3-0 in its doubleheader against North Carolina State (21-22) on Wednesday, April 11, at Dail Stadium.

Sophomore Olivia Scarborough (4-3) took the loss in the first game for the Camels. She went six innings and allowed three runs (two earned). The win was earned by Morgan Peeler (7-7). Peeler allowed five hits and two runs in throwing the complete game. Freshman Julia Callicutt (5-5) was tagged with the loss. She only allowed three hits but walked nine and also hit four batters. The win was earned by N.C. State's Emily Weiman (13-14). Weiman threw the complete game shutout and struck out eight CU batters.

The Wolfpack scored first with two in the opening inning of game one. Landon Warren, Renada Davis and Bethaney Wells all singled. Warren scored the first run on the bases loaded walk to Scout Albertson. Leah Jones drove in the second with her ground out.

The Camels answered with a run in the top of the second. Senior Christina Melton reached on a fielder's choice and wheeled around the bases to score from first on sophomore Shaela Churchill's double.

Senior Taylor McGee singled with two outs in the sixth, but could get no farther as the next batter flew out to right field.

The Wolfpack added an insurance run in the sixth inning as a pass ball allowed pinch runner Kelsey Hoover to score from third.

Churchill continued her strong hitting with a solo home run in the seventh inning. The home run was her first of the season and the first of her career. Freshman Ericka Nesbitt then reached on a two-out error and junior Sarah Forgacs walked to move the tying run into scoring position. Freshman Stephanie Jones followed with a one-hop bullet to third that was fielded and thrown to first for the final out of the game.

The second game started as a similar story as the first contest with the Wolfpack scoring a pair in the opening inning. Warren drew a lead-off walk. Renada Davis also walked with one out to put runners on first and second. After another strikeout, Scout Albertson pushed a double to the gap in right to score Warren and Davis with the first two runs of the game.

CU picked up the team's first hit of the game on McGee's single in the second inning. McGee singled again for Campbell in fourth, but was again stranded.

The Wolfpack added a run to the lead in the fifth inning. Albertson was hit by a pitch to start the frame. A walk moved her to second. A ground out moved pinch runner Katie Mansilla to third and she came in to score the third run on Sara Lippard sacrifice fly.

Campbell keeps the road trip going and gets back in league play with three games against Charleston Southern starting on April 13 at 2 p.m.