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Campbell Posts 4-3, Walk-Off Win Over Liberty
Liberty battled back from a 3-0 deficit to tie Campbell, 3-3, on Friday night. However, the Camels scored at 4-3 victory on a walk-off single during the nightcap at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium.
Campbell improves to 22-12, 6-2 in Big South games after defeating Liberty twice by the same score on Friday. Liberty's record evens at 14-14, 3-3 in conference play.
Kelby Allen, Hanna Nichols and Megan Robinson registered two hits apiece for the Lady Flames, who had nine base hits as a team. Robinson recorded two RBIs, while Nichols drove in one run. Katie Zavodny singled to stretch her hitting streak to 20 games.
Campbell's Raven Lee batted 2-for-4 with a homer, her 12th of the season, and had two RBIs. Courtney Klingler and Amanda Daw both recorded RBIs for the Camels.
Julia Callicutt (5-1) earned the win, with 1 1/3 innings of no-hit relief. Campbell starter Brittany Arnn drew a no decision, allowing three runs on nine hits and striking out six batters.
Kenzie Friesen (3-1) registered the loss, yielding one run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings. Liberty starter Annah Jo Brittingham went 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Chandler Ball finished the game, giving up two hits in a third of an inning.
Brittingham kept Campbell hitless through the first 2 2/3 innings. The Camels got runners on second and third without a hit in the bottom of the first, but Brittingham got out of the inning unscathed, as a groundout ended the frame.
The Camels got on the scoreboard first, rallying with two outs in the bottom of the third. Brittany Bruce singled, and then scored on a triple down the right field line by Klingler.
Brittingham walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth, but got Jones to fly out to keep the score at 1-0.
The Lady Flames staged a two-out rally in the top of the fifth inning, when Robinson and Jill Stephens hit back-to-back singles. Arnn then got Zavodny to ground out for the third out.
Campbell extended its lead during its fifth time at bat. Klingler walked, and then Lee followed with a two-out blast, good for a 3-0 Camels lead. After consecutive singles, Friesen came on in relief of Brittingham. Kailey Farmer hit a single off of Friesen, but left fielder Blair Lawrence threw Jessi Lane out at the plate to bring the inning to a close.
Donovan walked as the first batter in the sixth inning, and then Shivock singled. Allen hit a single to load the bases, and Nichols drove in Shivock with an infield single. With the bases still loaded and two outs, Robinson shot a line drive into center field, tying the game at 3-3 as Allen and Grace Nordan both scored. Reliever Callicutt got Lawrence to fly out, and the game remained tied.
The Lady Flames went in order during their seventh at bat. Campbell then generated a game-winning rally in the bottom of the seventh. After Klingler was hit by a pitch, Ball entered the circle for Liberty. Lee then singled to left, and a sacrifice bunt moved both runners up one base. Following an intentional walk to Olivia Scarborough, the Lady Flames brought the infield in. With one out, Daw hit a flare that landed right near second base, and Klingler crossed the plate with the winning run.
Liberty and Campbell conclude their weekend series with a single game tomorrow at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for noon in Buies Creek, N.C.