Softball Comes From Behind to Defeat Liberty 12-7; Taylor McGee Ties School Home Run Record

Taylor McGee (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Taylor McGee (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Senior Taylor McGee homered twice to tie the school's career home run mark and lead the Campbell softball team (27-26, 10-8 BSC) to a comeback 12-7 victory over Liberty (18-31, 9-12 BSC) in the series finale. The Camels won two of three games in the series over the weekend.

McGee's two home runs tie her with Shannon O'Bryan (2000-03) for the school mark at 40 each. Her two-homer game marked the first two homer game of her career. She is the 12th different CU player to have ever homered twice in the same game. Her three-hit game also tied her career-high.

The Camels' 12 runs in the game tied the team's season-high in the category. The 16 hits accumulated by the offense were a season-high. Nine different CU players recorded hits in the game with six players driving in a run.

Freshman Julia Callicutt (7-7) picked up the victory with 4.2 innings of relief work. She allowed five hits, five runs, walked two and struck out a pair in the game. The loss was taken by Liberty's Alyssa DiMartino (8-18).

The Camels fell behind early and scored all 12 of the team's runs over the last four innings.

The Camels picked up a pair of hits in the opening inning as freshman Ericka Nesbitt and sophomore Raven Lee singled up the middle, but both were stranded on a strikeout to end the frame.

Liberty used the long ball to score a pair in the first inning. Kelby Allen singled up the middle and came in to score on Meredith Crisante's two-out two run home run. The home run was Cristante's ninth of the year.

The Camels again put two runners on base in the second inning as senior Christina Melton walked and freshman Kerstine Womack reached on an infield single. And if not for the all out two-out diving catch in center field by Cristante off the ball hit from Forgacs the Camels would have scored multiple runs.

The Camels took the lead in the top of the third inning with three runs. McGee doubled and sophomore Shaela Churchill followed with a double of her own. After the next two were retired in order, freshman Kerstine Womack followed with a hit up the middle to plate McGee and Churchill. Womack took second on the throw home and third as that same throw went over the catcher's head. Junior Sarah Forgacs followed with a grounder to third that was thrown away to allow Womack to scamper home with the third run of the frame.

CU kept momentum going with a two more runs in the fourth inning. McGee homered to right field to start the scoring. The home run was her eighth of the season and 39th of her career. Churchill then doubled to right field and scored on freshman Erica Johnson's single up the middle.

Liberty made it a one-run game in the fourth inning on Sammi Shivock's sixth home run of the season with Allen on base.

CU answered with a four spot in the sixth inning. Womack started the frame with a single. The hit was her third of the game. A sacrifice bunt moved her to second. Nesbitt then walked to put runners on first and second. Freshman Stephanie Jones followed with a double to the gap in right center to score two. McGee then stepped to the plate and crushed a two-run home run to center field. The home run tied the Campbell career record and was her ninth of the season.

The Camels added three more runs in the seventh inning. Johnson punched a single to left field. Freshman Casey Taylor pinch hit and drove a single to right field. Womack then loaded the bases with the first walk of her young career. Fellow freshman Maggie Christopher pinch hit and hit a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in Johnson from third base. The RBI was the first in the career of the freshman. Nesbitt reached on a bunt single to load the bases again. After a fielder's choice ground out to the pitcher, freshman Camise Patterson unloaded on a sharp single to left field to scored Womack and Nesbitt.

The Flames got a few runs closer in seventh inning. Allen started the frame with her second home run of the season. Shivock followed with an infield single and scored on Cristante's double to left field. A wild pitch moved Cristante to third and she scored on Jill Stephens' ground out to make the final score 12-7.

Next Campbell returns home to take on Presbyterian for a three-game set from May 4-5 at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium starting with an 8 p.m. game on Friday, May 4. The team will also honor its two seniors with a ceremony prior to the Saturday doubleheader starting at noon.