Campbell Leads Fitchburg State in Doubleheader Sweep
NORTHBORO -- Olivia Pietersen took care of business at the plate, and teammate Emma Campbell was sensational in the circle as the Fitchburg State University softball team earned a dominant doubleheader sweep over Anna Maria College, 13-4 and 9-0, in non-conference action Thursday afternoon at the New England Baseball Complex.
The Falcons (8-4) got right to work in the early game, taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning as senior Nicole Sylvester doubled home classmate Melissa DiPhilippo, while junior McKenzie Lambert added an RBI ground out and junior Mikayla Harnois delivered a run-scoring double that plated Sylvester.
Anna Maria (0-6) cut the deficit to 3-2 in the home half of the first with senior Sabrina Carreira and sophomore Allison Sholds collecting RBI singles.
The Falcons pulled away again, leading 7-2, in the third inning when Pietersen, a freshman, laced an RBI ground-rule double and classmate Audrey Johnson, of Fitchburg, followed with a run-scoring single.
Fitchburg State secured the victory in the following frame as Lambert and Harnios connected on back-to-back RBI doubles, while senior Michelle LeBlanc, of Ashburnham, brought in Harnios with a single to left-center, resulting in the 13-4 final.
Pietersen led the way in the early game, going 3 for 4 with two doubles, three runs and three RBIs. Harnois earned the win, allowing four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts in 3 2-3 innings of work
It was Campbell who took charge in the later contest, twirling a one-hit shutout and doing some heavy lifting of her own at the plate.
Fitchburg State grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first frame as Campbell singled home Diphilippo, before Lambert brought in Pietersen with an RBI triple to right field.
The lead ballooned to 5-0 in the top of the third when Lambert stole home, while senior Michaela Keenan notched an RBI single up the middle that scored freshman Morgan Cormier, of Leominster.
Fitchburg State capped the scoring in the fifth inning as senior Samantha Woodman drove in Cormier with an infield single, before Campbell ripped a two-run single up the middle to bring home Woodman and freshman Courtney Luker, resulting in the 9-0 final.
Campbell finished 2 for 4 with three RBIs in the late game, while also picking up her third win on the season, striking out six in the one-hit shutout.
Next up, the Falcons will host the Colonels of Curry College on Sunday for a non-conference doubleheader, starting at noon. The Amcats will visit Clark University on Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader at 3 p.m.