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Campbell Rallies to Top Liberty, 9-8 in Big South Opener
Liberty belted a season-high four home runs, building a 6-1 lead through three innings in its home opener, before Campbell came from behind to post a 9-8 victory over the Lady Flames, Friday at Liberty Softball Field.
The Camels improve to 15-13 on the season, including 1-0 in Big South play, while the Lady Flames are now 2-19, 0-1 in conference games.
Katie Zavodny went 3-for-4 with a triple, two stolen bases and two RBIs, while Megan Robinson and Hanna Nichols both batted 2-for-4. Nichols hit a double and a homer, while Robinson, Kelby Allen and Sammi Shivock all homered as well.
Zavodny stole her 95th career base, moving into third all-time in Big South history, while Shivock picked up career RBI No. 100, the seventh Lady Flame all-time to do so.
Campbell's Milly Martinet batted 2-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs, while Olivia Scarborough hit 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Kerstine Womack and Courtney Klingler both had two hits.
Julia Callicutt (2-2) picked up the win, allowing two runs on three hits, striking out seven while pitching the final 4 2/3 innings. Starter Katie Baker allowed four runs in the first inning, before Morgan Eisenga yielded two runs on three hits in 2 1/3 innings of work.
Annah Jo Brittingham (1-11) gave up eight earned runs on nine hits while pitching the first 5 1/3 innings, before Alyssa DiMartino allowed one hit over the final 1 2/3 frames.
The Lady Flames jumped ahead quickly in the first, as the first five batters all reached base. Zavodny tripled, and scored on an RBI base hit from Robinson. Allen and Shivock then hit back-to-back round trippers, making it 4-0, Lady Flames. Eisenga then entered the circle, giving up a double to Nichols before recording the next three outs.
Following a 1-2-3 top of the second, Liberty added one tally, as Robinson hit a solo shot to center, good for a 5-0 Liberty advantage.
Campbell began its comeback in the top of the third, as Ericka Nesbitt hit a two-out RBI double. The Camels loaded the bases, but Martinet grounded out, keeping the score at 5-1.
Liberty's longball barrage continued during its third time at bat, when Nichols went deep with her first homer of the season, making it 6-1, Lady Flames. Callicutt then entered the circle for Campbell, getting the visitors out of the inning without further damage.
During the top of the fourth, Brittingham walked the bases loaded, before Scarborough plated a pair with an RBI single to left to slice the deficit to 6-3. Brittingham then retired the next three batters, including a strikeout of Womack for the third out.
The Camels tied up the score with a three-run fifth inning. Martinet hit a two-run home run to left center, trimming the margin to one. After Raven Lee reached on an error, Scarborough drove her in with a double, knotting the score at 6-all.
Callicutt pitched a three-batter fifth inning, and took the lead for the first time by plating three in the sixth. With one out, Womack doubled, and Klingler hit an RBI single. Martinet then hit her second two-run blast of the game, for a 9-6 Campbell advantage. DiMartino came on in relief of Brittingham, getting a pair of groundouts.
Liberty chipped into the deficit in the bottom of the sixth, as Grace Nordan walked and stole second. Lawrence then singled and swiped second, before Zavodny came through with a two-run single, making it 9-8. Callicutt then struck out Robinson, sending the game to the seventh.
After a scoreless top of the seventh, the Lady Flames went in order, and Campbell sealed the 9-8 victory.