Softball Takes A Pair From UNC Wilmington

Stephanie Jones (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Stephanie Jones (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell's softball team (23-24, 6-6 Big South) won both games of its home doubleheader against UNC Wilmington (7-36) by scores of 2-1 and 7-3 on Wednesday, April 18, at the Eakes Athletic Complex.

Sophomore Olivia Scarborough (6-3) earned the victory in the first game and allowed just one run on four hits in throwing her seventh complete game of the season. The second game was won by freshman Julia Callicutt (6-6). Callicutt went 6.1 innings, allowed five hits, three runs (two earned), with four strikeouts and seven walks. UNCW's Amanda Davenport (6-18) was tagged with the loss in the opener. She allowed just two runs (one earned) in six innings with seven strikeouts and five walks. Casey Rowland (1-18) took the loss in the second game and allowed all seven runs on 10 hits with six walks and nine strikeouts.

Campbell scored first in the opening game with a run in the third inning. Sophomore Shaela Churchill drew a lead-off walk. She took second on junior Sarah Forgacs' sacrifice bunt and then moved to third on freshman Ericka Nesbitt's bunt single. Churchill would scamper in with the first run of the game on freshman Stephanie Jones' RBI single to right.

The Seahawks tied the game up with a run in the fourth inning. Kelsey Eddinger singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored the first UNCW run on Jordan Critcher's single.

The Camels took the lead back in the bottom of the fifth inning. Nesbitt reached on a fielding error and stole second. She moved to third on a ground out. After strikeout, freshman Kailey Farmer then walked to put runners on the corners. Farmer then intentionally got herself in a rundown to allow Nesbitt to take home for the team's second run of the game.

CU jumped all over UNCW for four runs in the first inning of the second game. Nesbitt reached on an infield single and quickly stole second. Jones then singled to right. Farmer walked to load the bases. Freshman Erica Johnson drew a bases loaded walk to drive in the first run. Senior Christina Melton pushed a single passed the second baseman and into right field to plate Jones and Farmer. Freshman Kerstine Womack finished off the first inning scoring with her single up the middle to score Johnson.

The Seahawks fought back with two runs in the fourth inning. Ashley Shingleton started the scoring with her solo home run. Critcher and Lauryn Buckworth were both able to draw walks. A nifty double play from Churchill to Nesbitt to Johnson eliminated Buckworth at second, but moved Critcher to third. Critcher scored the team's second run of the inning on the error from the CU first baseman.

The Camels added insurance tallies in each of the last three innings. Nesbitt reached on a one-out single and motored around the bases to score on Jones' triple in the fourth inning. Sophomore Jessi Lane walked with one out and scored on Melton's double to right in the fifth. The CU sixth saw Nesbitt reached on a fielder's choice and score on Jones' double to left field.

UNCW scored the last run of the game on a CU wild pitch in the seventh inning to make the final score 7-3.

Next, Campbell stays at home and hosts Coastal Carolina for three games over the weekend starting with a doubleheader on April 20 at 4 p.m. The Camels will also hold a special dedication ceremony between games for former catcher Amanda Littlejohn, who passed away a four year battle with cancer on Sept. 1, 2011. The ceremony is tentatively scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. behind the newly renovated facility. Among the honored guests in attendance will be her parents, Jim (father) and Kim (mother) Littlejohn, and her former coach, Andy Kim. Also in attendance will be former Campbell softball players Ashton Hardison and Brittany Lee (Stanley) to speak at the presentation and official naming of the facility.