BUIES CREEK, N.C. – On an emotionally charge day, Campbell's softball team (24-25, 7-7 Big South) split its doubleheader with Coastal Carolina (33-16, 10-7 Big South) on Friday, April 20, at the newly unveiled and renamed Amanda Littlejohn Stadium at the Eakes Athletic Complex. The Camels won the first game by a thrilling 3-2 score, but fell in heartbreaking fashion by a 2-1 score in eight inning to the Chanticleers in the second game.
The Camels announced and unveiled the naming of its newly renovated softball facility for former catcher Amanda Littlejohn. Littlejohn passed away after a four year battle with cancer on Sept. 1, 2011. The Littlejohn family along with her former coach, Andy Kim, plus former and current members of the Campbell softball program and the local community were on hand for the unveiling of the new stadium and naming of the facility.
Sophomore Olivia Scarborough (7-3) earned the victory in the first game for Campbell in allowing two runs (one earned) in throwing her eighth complete game of the season. She struck out four and allowed just three hits in outdueling Coastal's Kiana Quolas (19-7). Quolas allowed just three runs (two earned) with six strikeouts, five hits allowed and three walks for the Chants in the loss. Freshman Julia Callicutt took the loss in the second game for Campbell. Callicutt gave up just four hits and two runs (one earned) in throwing 7.1 innings. She also walked six and struck out three. The second game win was earned by Coastal's Ashley Bagwell (10-7). Bagwell gave up nine hits, but limited the Camels to one unearned runs without walking a batter and striking out 11.
The Camels scored first in the opening game on senior Taylor McGee's solo home run in the second inning. The home run was her seventh of the season and the 38th of her outstanding career.
The Chants tied the game up with a run in the top of the fourth inning on Kory Hayden's 12th home run of the campaign. Hayden currently leads the Big South Conference in both home runs and RBIs (36).
The Camels took the lead back in the bottom of the frame. Sophomore Raven Lee drew a one-out walk. Freshman Camise Patterson was inserted to run for Lee and moved to second on a ground out and third on a wild pitch. Patterson would score an unearned run on a throwing error from the Coastal catcher off a failed pickoff attempt at third.
CU added a needed insurance run in the fifth inning. Scarborough singled through the right side with one out. Freshman Maggie Christopher was inserted to run for the Buies Creek native and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and third on a pass ball. She came in to score the game's third run on junior Sarah Forgacs' single up the middle.
The Chants would creep to within one with a run in the top of the sixth inning. Sarah Maples struck out to start the frame, but reached first on a pass ball. Brooke Donovan moved Maples to second with her walk. After a pop out, Quolas reached on a fielder's choice that eliminated Donovan at second. Cacia Pierre followed with a double to plate Maples and bring the Chants to within a run. Scarborough was up the challenge though and recorded a ground out with runners on second and third for the third out of the inning.
In the seventh inning, CCU's Beth Kasshun singled up the middle with one out. The Camels defense, who had already turned two double plays earlier in the game, turned a third to end the contest. Paige Goldsack rolled the ball over to freshman Kerstine Womack at third, who threw onto sophomore Shaela Churchill at second with a throw to senior Christina Melton at first to complete the twin killing and end the game.
The second game was a tense contest that saw Campbell score a run in the first inning. Forgacs reached on a catcher's interference to start the frame. Nesbitt moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt in which she also reached base. A fielder's choice grounder eliminated Nesbitt at second with Forgacs taking third on the out. A double steal allowed Forgacs to score the Camels first run as she slide just ahead of the tag.
The game stayed the same until Coastal plated a run in the fourth inning. Hayden started the trouble with a single up the middle. Courtney Howell ran for Hayden and took second on a sacrifice bunt. Howell would score and tie the game as the ensuing ball was thrown away by the Campbell third baseman off the ball hit by Pierre.
The CU sixth inning looked promising as Churchill doubled with two outs. Forgacs reached herself with a bunt single to put runners on the corners. The Camels then attempted to run a first and third play. Forgacs successfully stole second, but Churchill strayed too far from third and was picked off to end the inning by the Coastal catcher.
Coastal loaded the bases with only one out in the seventh inning. Jessie Winans reached on a CU error and took second as Maples reached on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt. Donovan moved each runner up a base with her sacrifice bunt. After a walk to load the bases, Callicutt dug in and induced a grounder to third where the lead runner was eliminated at the plate and a ground out to second to end the inning.
The Chants finally broke through for a run in the eighth inning. Chelsea Pineda reached on a lead-off double. Nicole Saggiomo ran for Pineda and moved to third on a wild pitch. Saggiomo would score the go-ahead run on Callicutt's second wild pitch of the inning.
CU was able to put the tying run on base in the bottom of the frame with freshman Erica Johnson ripping a two-out single to left. The Camels were unable to move her though as the final Campbell batter was retired on hard hit ball to third.
Campbell wraps up the series with Coastal with a single game against the Chanticleers on Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m.