Campbell softball bows out in NCAA regionals

From Campbell University Athletics
Posted 5/23/22

Campbell softball's season came to an end following a 10-0 loss to Ohio State Saturday afternoon as part of the NCAA tournament.

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Campbell softball bows out in NCAA regionals

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Campbell softball's season came to an end following a 10-0 loss to Ohio State Saturday afternoon as part of the NCAA tournament.

"I'm so proud of our team,"  head coach Sharonda McDonald-Kelley said after the game.

"It didn't go the way we wanted it to go, but I felt like we fought all the way. I was telling our players, 'We figured out the identity piece ... we put together some of the best softball we've played all year towards the end here.'

We just fought, and we are fighters. That's who we are. I loved that I saw that out of our team."

Campbell fell behind early as the Buckeyes scored three runs to open the game in the first inning. Two scoreless innings followed until the fourth inning when Ohio State added another run on a solo homer down the right-field line.

The Camels put together their best threat of the afternoon in the bottom half of the fourth starting with a walk issued to Delaney McDilda. 

Kayla Fredendall followed with a hit on a pop-up that was lost in the sun by the Buckeyes' first baseman, putting runners on first and second.

Ohio State starting pitcher Allison Smith managed to escape the jam by forcing back-to-back outs to end the inning. The Buckeyes added three runs apiece in the fifth and sixth to close out the game.

Isabella Smith (15-9) took the loss in the circle for Campbell, throwing the first 3 1/3 innings and giving up three earned runs.

Georgeanna Barefoot and Kayla Howald each tossed 1 2/3 innings of relief.

The reigning two-time Big South Conference champion finished the year with a 37-19 record,  marking the program's best overall win percentage since 2009.

Campbell earned back-to-back Big South regular-season and tournament titles for the first time in program history, and for just the second time in team history made consecutive NCAA tournaments.

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