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Campbell Surges for 9-6 Win at Liberty

April 27, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Meredith Crisante (center) made two outfield assists on Friday against Campbell.

Facing a 6-2 deficit in the top of the seventh, Campbell posted a seven-run inning to come back and win the nightcap, 9-6, over host Liberty on Friday.

The Lady Flames are now 18-30, 9-11 in Big South play after splitting Friday's doubleheader with Campbell. The Camels even their record to 26-26, including a 9-8 mark in conference games.

Kelly Strickland posted her second two-hit game in row, driving in a run. Sammi Shivock went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Jenny Law drove in a run, giving her five for the day and tying her for 10th in program history with 88 career RBIs. Meredith Crisante and Bridgett Woods both doubled for Liberty.

Campbell was led by Ericka Nesbitt, who hit 3-for-4, while three other Camels had two hits. Kailey Farmer drove in five runs, including a grand slam.

Olivia Scarborough (9-4) picked up the win, pitching four innings of two-hit softball in relief of Julia Callicutt, who allowed six runs, one earned on five hits.

Alyssa DiMartino started the game, and yielded one earned run on eight hits 6 2/3 total innings. Chandler Ball (10-11) drew the loss with four hits and seven runs allowed in relief.

Liberty scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-0 lead. With two outs, Shivock singled and Crisante doubled. Both players crossed the plate when Jill Stephens reached on an error by the first baseman. Stephens scored on an RBI single by Law, before a strikeout ended the inning.

Campbell put runners on second and third with nobody out in the second, on an error followed by a double by Shaela Churchill. DiMartino retired the next three batters in order to preserve the 3-0 advantage.

Kaylee West drew a leadoff walk during the second frame. A pair of errors put runners on the corners, and another walk loaded the bases with nobody out. Strickland drove in West with a sacrifice fly, and Shivock followed with an RBI single to make it 5-0 Lady Flames.

The Camels inched closer, scoring one third-inning run. Nesbitt bunted for a single, and went to third on a throwing error. She then scored on a groundout by Jones, making it 5-1.

The Lady Flames added to their lead during the bottom of the third. Amber Donovan reached via a two-out error, and went to second when West walked. Bridgett Woods drove in Donovan with a double to left, giving Liberty a 6-1 advantage.

Scarborough then came on in relief of Callicutt. The Lady Flames put runners on first and third with a single and a walk, before a popout brought the fourth inning to a close.

A scoreless fifth inning ensued. The Camels scored a run in the top of the sixth inning, with back-to-back drives to the gap by Christina Melton and Farmer setting the score at 6-2. Farmer hit one to the fence to plate Melton, but was erased on a throw to second by Crisante.

The Camels loaded the bases with nobody out on three singles during the seventh. Ball yielded three runs while the bases remained loaded, and then Farmer put Campbell ahead, 9-6, with a grand slam. DiMartino reentered the game to get the last three outs.

Crisante reached on an error by the first baseman to lead off the bottom of the seventh. After two outs, Donovan was hit by a 3-2 pitch to extend the game. Scarborough sealed the win by getting West to pop out.

The Lady Flames and Camels will conclude their conference series tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at Liberty Softball Field.