DeLand, Fla. - Sophomore pitcher Camille Czarnecki (Edmonton, Alta.) recorded her first career shutout as the Stetson softball team (7-8) defeated Tennessee State 1-0 in a rain-shortened game Friday evening in the Stetson Invitational at Patricia Wilson Field. The final game of the day between the Hatters and Binghamton University was rained out.
In a strong pitchers duel between Czarnecki and the Tigers' Caitlin Eaton, the lone run of the game came in the bottom of the third inning. Czarnecki helped her own cause at the plate with a lead-off double down the left field line. Junior pinch-runner Grace Turner (Fort Myers, Fla.) moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore second baseman Alyssa Oddo (Covina, Calif.) and scored moments later on a wild pitch.
Czarnecki made the lead hold up, but had to pitch out of two difficult situations. In the top of the second inning, back-to-back walks and a bunt single by the Tigers loaded the bases with no outs. After falling behind 2-0 to Brooke Blackford, Czarnecki came back with two strikes before inducing a pop out to Oddo at second base. Oddo quickly fired to third base to double up Jill Gardner who had strayed too far off of the bag. A ground out to first then ended the inning.
Tennessee State (6-11) once again threatened in the top of the sixth when Tedra Alford singled to lead off the inning and moved to third base with only one out, but Czarnecki worked out of trouble again by getting a short fly ball to center and a strikeout to retire the side. With a steady rain falling, the umpires called the game in the bottom of the sixth inning after the first two Hatters reached base safely. The start of the game had been delayed an hour and a half due to rain. Earlier in the day Elon defeated both Tennessee State, 7-4, and Binghamton, 5-4 in nine innings. The Hatters will face Elon at 4 p.m. Saturday and Tennessee State at 6:30 p.m.
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