Campbell knocks Softball Bucs out of A-Sun Tournament, 3-0

Friday, May 11, 2007

DELAND, Fla. (May 11, 2007) - Campbell's three run third inning proved to be all they needed as Lauren Caviness went the distance, tossing a three hit shutout and eliminated ETSU from the Atlantic Sun Tournament presented by Coca-Cola, 3-0, Friday afternoon at Patricia Wilson Field. 


The Camels threatened in the top of the first as lead off hitter Jessica Huffman singled to left and stole second, but Darci Gilbert (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) forced the next three Campbell hitters out, leaving Huffman stranded at third.


After Gilbert retired seven straight hitters, Campbell's Stephenie Pappas reached on an infield single in third as Stephanie Gaynord's (Manassas, Va.) throw from short took Mary Catherine Vercoe's (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) foot off the base. Gilbert then struck out Huffman, but after walking Megan Paul, the Camels Courtney Quinn came through with a clutch two-out triple, which scored the two runs. Campbell plated its third run on Shayla Cullum's high chopper to short, giving the Camels the 3-0 lead.


For the second straight inning ETSU's leadoff hitter reached base as Kate Powell (Johnson City) laid down a perfect bunt in the third, but Cheniece Cason's (Moreno Valley, Calif.) sharp liner to third was snagged by Cullum, forcing Powell to get doubled up at first. Campbell got out of the inning when Gaynord grounded to third on the very next play.


Gilbert did an excellent job working out of a bases loaded one-out jam in the fourth, forcing Huffman to ground into a fielder's choice, and got Paul out on strikes for the second time of the afternoon to end the inning.


ETSU posted scoring threats in the fourth and fifth but came away empty. In the fourth, Veroce recorded her second hit of the game with a single up the middle, and a two-out walk to Amanda Haverman (Kirkwood, Mo.) sent the game tying run to the plate in Trisha Massenzo (Russellville, Tenn.). However, Caviness forced Massenzo to ground out to third, ending any ETSU scoring opportunity. Caviness worked out of a two-out jam in the fifth, by forcing Katy Jett (Talbot, Tenn.) to ground out to second with Powell and Gaynord aboard.


Caviness put a stop to any more of ETSU's scoring chances as she retired the final seven Bucs batters to end the game.


Gilbert posted her 14th complete game of the season, but ended her rookie campaign with a 10-14 mark, allowing three runs on eight hits and tying her career-high with six strikeouts. Caviness recorded her eighth shutout of the season and moved to 15-23.


The Bucs wrap up the 2007 season with a record of 26-29, while Campbell (29-39-1) advances to an elimination game with Stetson at 7 p.m. The winner will play Gardner-Webb in the A-Sun Championship on Saturday afternoon.

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