Campbell Blanks Indians, 1-0, To Keep Pirates Alive At NCAA Regional
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Armstrong Atlantic State University freshman Caitlin Campbell hurled a six-hit shutout to keep the host and No. 9-ranked Pirates alive at the NCAA DII Softball Southeast Regional with a 1-0 win over Catawba on Saturday afternoon.
The second-seeded Pirates (45-10) advance to another elimination game at 4:00 p.m. against third-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne, with the winner advancing to Championship Sunday. Catawba (33-19) sees its first NCAA postseason appearance come to a close with the loss.
Armstrong loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the first inning against Catawba starter Brittany Murray (16-12), but Murray got out of the jam without allowing a run to score.
The Pirates finally broke through in the second inning when Ashley Schwab worked a two-out walk, then Shelby Duff delivered an RBI double to left center field, ending a 18 1/3 scoreless inning streak by Armstrong that dated back to the first round of the Peach Belt Conference tournament.
With the one-run lead, Campbell (20-3) then sealed the deal with a six-hit shutout, walking one while striking out four. The Armstrong defense turned two double plays behind Campbell as the freshman delivered her fourth shutout of the season.
Murray was the hard-luck loser for the Indians for a second straight game as she gave up six hits and one run in six innings of work, walking two while striking out one.
Duff finished the game 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and an RBI to lead the Pirates at the plate, while April Jowers, the nation's leading hitter, went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
Alli Justice led the Indians at the plate with a 2-for-3 day.