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Camels Outlast Liberty, 3-2

March 29, 2015  Buies Creek, N.C.  RSS
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Alexia Taylor registered two hits on Sunday at Campbell.

Alexia Taylor registered two hits on Sunday at Campbell.

Campbell held Liberty to two hits on Sunday, rallying for a 3-2 win over the Lady Flames at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium.

The Lady Flames (15-16, 4-2 Big South) picked up the series victory, 2-1, after posting back-to-back shutouts of the Camels yesterday. Campbell's record advances to 19-15, 2-6 in conference play after earning one win this weekend.

Campbell sophomore Katie Baker (10-9) picked up the win, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits, with seven strikeouts and three walks over six innings of work. Senor Julia Callicutt earned her first save with a hitless seventh inning during which she struck out one batter.

Redshirt junior Chandler Ball (10-6) yielded three runs on four hits, striking out one and walking two in four innings pitched. Ball had won seven straight decisions prior to today. Freshman Abby Tincher did not allow a hit, fanning two in two innings of relief work.

Four different Camels recorded a base hit, with sophomore Bailey Bjorson homering and seniors Brittany Bruce and Ericka Nesbitt both hitting an RBI double.

Liberty freshman Alexia Taylor went 2-for-3 with one run scored, while classman Tori Zavodny stole her team-leading 17th base and scored a run.

The Lady Flames scored once during the top of the first inning. Taylor hit a leadoff single, and went to second when senior Megan Robinson drew a walk. Senior Kelby Allen grounded into a fielder's choice, with Taylor crossing the plate on a throwing error.

Campbell stranded two runners in scoring position during the first frame. Camise Patterson doubled with one out, and a fielder's choice put two on base. Senior Stephanie Jones sent the runners ahead with a sacrifice bunt, before senior Kerstine Womack grounded to second to end the rally.

After a scoreless Liberty second, Campbell tied the score, 1-1, when Bjorson hit a solo home run to left center with one out in the bottom of the frame. That ended a 16 2/3 inning stretch during which Liberty had not allowed a single run.

Liberty regained the advantage with a third-inning tally. Taylor hit a leadoff single, and Zavodny reached on a fielder's choice. Zavodny stole second, and Robinson walked. Allen then hit into a fielder's choice, with Zavodny scoring the go-ahead run.

The Camels knotted things at 2-2 in the bottom of the third, when Nesbitt hit a one-out RBI double down the left field line. Ball retired the next two batters in a row on a flyout and groundout.

Campbell took its first lead of the game with a one-out rally in the fourth. Bjorson drew a walk, and Bruce came through with a run-scoring double. Ball got freshmen Karsen Leonhardt and Chandler Patterson to fly out, sending the game to the fifth with the Camels ahead, 3-2.

Tincher came on in relief of Ball to start the fifth inning, pitching a 1-2-3 scoreless frame.

Baker retired the last 11 batters she faced, spanning the third through sixth innings. Callicutt came on to relieve Baker to start the seventh, shutting the door while retiring the side in order.

The Lady Flames open a nine-game homestand on Tuesday, hosting Longwood for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. at Liberty Softball Stadium.