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Radford softball made it out of Buies Creek, North Carolina with a winning record as the Highlanders won two out of three games on March 30-31 against the Campbell Camels. Things did not get off to a great start for the Highlanders, as they lost the first game in the series, 4-8. Campbell jumped out to a 3-0 lead but after some mistakes RU tied the score at three all in the fifth. However, the Camels wasted no time in answering with their own runs in the bottom of the fifth and pushed five runs across the plate. The Highs were only able to answer with one run in the top of seventh and ended up taking the loss in the first game of the doubleheader on March 30.
The loss snapped Radford’s eight game win streak. Freshman pitcher Micalah Sacre picked up the loss on the mound, dropping her overall record to 4-3 on the year. Five different players had one hit in the game but could not string them together to mount a comeback. Radford only had one error while Campbell had four in the game.
In the second game of the series, the tables turned as RU jumped out to the early lead, leading by four after the second inning. Solid defense allowed Radford to hold the Camels scoreless for three innings before Campbell was able to push two runs across in the fourth. But the Highlanders extracted a little revenge on the Camels and kept racking up the runs in the seventh inning, scoring six in the top of inning. CU was not able to mount any kind of comeback and Radford picked up the win fairly easily, 10-2.
Junior pitcher Jackie Jenkins picked up the win in the circle for her seventh win of the season. Jenkins allowed four hits and only walked one for the game. Sacre and senior catcher Michelle Beall connected for two hits apiece on the game. The Camels continued to play sloppy with six errors in the second game of the series while Radford only had two.
In the third game on March 31, Radford started quick when senior third baseman Vicki Madden launched a two-run homerun in the first inning. The homerun was the first of the season for Madden. That was all the cushion Jenkins would need to help shut out the Camels in the final game of the series. The junior righty pitched a two hitter, throwing only 74 pitches in the game. Jenkins retired 12 straight batters between the first and fifth innings. Junior utility Ryndee Ruch provided the other offensive spark with two hits in the game, one of which scored the other run in the sixth inning.
The Highs tallied six hits in the game and had no errors in the game. CU had one error and with the loss fell to 17-18, 2-2 in the conference. With the first shutout in Big South conference play, Radford improved to 18-9 overall and 5-1 in Big South Conference play.
RU will return home on April 4 to take on the 23-14 Longwood University Lancers in a double header starting at 3 p.m. The Highs will play three more games over that weekend against an evenly matched Coastal Carolina University team before beginning a two game road trip.
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