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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — In the fifth meeting between the two USA South rivals this season, 10th-ranked Christopher Newport University capitalized on four Ferrum College errors to take an 8-0 victory in the last contest of the second day. CNU improves to 36-9, while the Panthers drop to 36-13.
Kristina McLaughlin hoisted a three-run shot to center in the top of the second to put the Captains on top early. The Black and Gold put together their first offensive attack in the bottom of the frame. Karly Thompson led off with a single to left field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brittany Barlow. Thompson reached third after a ground out by Kylene Culler, but was left stranded after Suzanne Plasters grounded out, as well.
In the third, Taylor Dillow drilled an RBI single to left field and Amber Arevalo followed her with a two-RBI double to give CNU a 6-0 advantage. The Captains tacked on another run in the top of the fourth when Jennifer Falin drilled a hard-hit single off Rachel Shumaker’s leg into right field to bring in USA South Rookie and Player of the Year Sabrina Hill.
The Panthers once again had a runner in scoring position in the fifth. With Plasters on second, R. Shumaker hammered a pitch to deep-left, but Kelley Foate made a diving grab over her head to keep Ferrum off the scoreboard.
CNU was on the attack again in the top of the sixth. After Foate reached on an error and advanced to third on a ground out and wild pitch, Hill hit her first RBI of the day to provide the final score.
The Captains amassed nine hits and did not commit an error. Melanie Hazelwood (W, 7-1) went the distance for CNU, surrendering two hits in the shutout. McLaughlin led her team at the plate, going 2-for-4—including the three-run bomb in the second. Foate, Hill, Chelsea Mitchell, Falin, Dillow and Arevalo all picked up a hit in the six-inning affair.
Ferrum’s two hits came from Thompson and Ky. Culler. Hannah Shumaker (L, 7-9) got the start in the circle, but lasted 2 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits. R. Shumaker came on in relief to only allow two runs on two hits the rest of the way.
CNU advances to play Roanoke College, who knocked off top-seeded and top-ranked Emory University, 4-2, tomorrow evening at 5 p.m. The winner of that game will earn a spot in the championship game of the Newport News Regional.
The Panthers will play an elimination game against McDaniel College, who won 1-0 on a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th over Messiah College, tomorrow at 3 p.m. The winner of that game will play the winner of the other elimination game between top-ranked Emory and 17th-ranked Salisbury University, played at 1 p.m. tomorrow.