Softball Drops Two at Campbell to End Regular Season
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – After a disappointing series against their biggest rival, Lipscomb, on Tuesday, the Belmont Bruins (10-44-0, 3-17-0) went on the road to face the Campbell Camels (22-28-1, 9-9-0) for their final two games of the 2010. In the first game, Campbell went on to defeat the Bruins 4-2 despite Ashley Byers tenth home run of the season. In game two, a sixth inning homer proved the difference as Campbell defeats Belmont again, this time by a score of 2-0.
Campbell opened the scoring early in the first inning when a triple and four singles allowed three Camel runs to cross the plate.
A double in the third inning brought in another Camel score to give them a three four run lead headed into the fourth inning.
The Bruins cut the lead in half in the top of the sixth inning when sophomore Ashley Byers(Westerville, Ohio) knocked her tenth home run of the season over the center field wall, but that would be as close as the Bruins would come as the game ended with a 4-2 Campbell victory.
Runs proved to be difficult to come by in the second game of the double header. Belmont managed only three hits in the game, and the Camels could only muster four hits against the Bruins who were led by freshman Devon Schmidt (Greenbrier, Tenn.) in the circle.
Neither team managed to score a run until the bottom of the sixth inning when one of Campbell's four hits was a blast over the center field wall. The knock proved to be the difference in the game as Belmont was not able to respond in the top of the seventh inning.
In the final game of the year for the Bruins, Campbell took the victory by a score of 2-0.
"We have established a new reputation at Belmont," said Coach Kuhlmeyer when asked to reflect on the season. "We may have struggled some this season, but we fought and were right there in most of the games this year. I'm proud from that stand point, but we've got a lot to learn. We've got a ways to go still, but we're definitely on the right track."
The game also marked the end of the careers of four Belmont seniors: Brooke Babington (Johnston City, Ill.), Sara Bentley (Springfield, Tenn.), Erin Gier (Asheville, N.C.), andDawn Thoni (Franklin, Tenn.).
"The seniors did a great job of being leaders on the field this year," said Coach Kuhlmeyer. "I wish I could keep them around, because they're good kids. They're going to do great things in life."