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UNCW advances to CAA Softball Championship Game;  Delaware-Campbell match suspended

UNCW advances to CAA Softball Championship Game; Delaware-Campbell match suspended

UNCW advances to CAA Softball Championship Game; Delaware-Campbell match suspended

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WILMINGTON, NC (May 10, 2024) – UNCW advanced to the championship game of the CAA Softball Championship with an 11-inning victory, Campbell kept the season alive with a nine-inning victory and the third game of the evening between Campbell and Delaware was suspended due to weather.

Saturday’s action begins at noon with the resumption of Game 9 between Campbell and Delaware. Game 10 between the winner of Game 9 and UNCW will be played at 2 p.m., with the “if necessary” match to follow.

No. 4 UNCW 5, No. 2 Delaware 0 (11 innings)

UNCW’s top of the 11 with five runse propelled the Seahawks into Saturday with a shot at their second CAA title in the last three years.

The game remained scoreless for 10 innings before UNCW (32-20) broke through Madison Biddle‘s two-run single. Jentri Meadows followed by an RBI single and Biddle scored on a grounder to make it 4-0. Grace Hennessy scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0.

Delaware (39-13) put its first three batters on the field in the bottom of the 11the But Kara hammock worked her way out to finish a match that lasted 3:17, after moving up two hours to avoid weather problems.

Hammock threw 11 scoreless innings, scattering nine hits and three walks while throwing 159 pitches and 105 for strikes. Emily Winburn was scoreless through 10 innings, throwing 164 pitches in 10.2 innings; three of the five points scored by the Blue Hens were unearned.

No. 1 Campbell 1, No. 6 Hofstra 0 (9 innings)
Delaney McDilda‘s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth kept Campbell’s season alive and backed up a valiant performance Isabella Smith.

Campbell (35-20-1) had eleven hits in the first eight innings, but was unable to give up a run Julia Apsel and Hofstra’s defense (23-26). In the ninth, Tyra Parker stole second after reaching on a fielder’s choice, stole second with two outs and came around to score on McDilda’s line drive to right for the only run of the game.

Smith struck out ten while allowing seven hits and five walks; the right-handed Campbell threw 152 pitches. Apsel allowed one run on 12 hits and struck out three while walking one on 152 pitches.

No. 1 Campbell 2, No. 2 Delaware 2 (suspension, top 4e)

Game 9 of the CAA Softball Championship was suspended in the top of the fourth inning due to field conditions and additional forecast weather conditions.

Delaware scored two in the top of the first inning on a two-run single from Chloe Blantz and Campbell answered with two runs in the bottom of the third – the first on an RBI double by Brooke Carey and the tying run on an RBI single Madilyn Gillespie.

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