CHARLESTON, S.C. – Campbell's softball team (21-24, 6-6 Big South) lost the series finale to Charleston Southern (25-19, 10-5 Big South) on Saturday, April 14, at Buccaneer Field by 5-0 score. The Camels won the first game of the series, but lost in each of the final two conference games.
Junior Brittany Arnn (8-9) took the loss for Campbell and allowed three runs in her 2 2/3 innings worked. She allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits with a strikeout. Olivia Scarborough came in and allowed two runs in her three innings worked for the Camels. She also recorded a walk and two strikeouts. The win was earned by CSU's Jen Giles (8-8). Giles struck out five, walked two and allowed four hits in 5.1 innings in the victory. Morgan Dowdy entered the game and earned her third save of the season with 1.2 innings of scoreless and hitless relief. She also recorded five strikeouts.
The Buccaneers scored first with a run in the second inning. Melissa Adams singled with one out and moved to second on a fielder's choice that eliminated the lead runner. She scored on Linzy Rother's double to left field.
CU loaded the bases with two outs in the third inning but could not score. Freshman Kerstine Womack singled to third with one out. Freshman Ericka Nesbitt was then walked and fellow rookie Stephanie Jones was hit by a pitch to load the bases. The next batter, Raven Lee, struck out to end the inning though.
The Buccaneers used the change in momentum to their advantage and added two runs to the lead in the third inning as Jana Matthews homered to left with Megan Lombard on base. Lombard reached base on a fielder's choice earlier in the frame.
The Camels threatened again in the sixth inning. Jones walked and moved to second as Lee was hit by a pitch with one out. Two strikeouts ended the inning though to keep the Camels scoreless.
The Buccaneers added a few runs to the lead in the sixth inning on Rother's RBI single past the pitcher to drive in Stephanie Sbardella from third. Sbardella start the frame with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and third on a ground out. Brock drove in the second run of the frame when she was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Campbell now returns home for a non-conference doubleheader against UNC Wilmington on Wednesday, April 18, starting at 4 p.m.