Kennesaw, Ga. - Sophomore pitcher Camille Czarnecki (Edmonton, Alta.) tossed a four-hit shutout in the second game of the doubleheader as the Stetson softball team (15-18, 1-3 Atlantic Sun) ended a seven-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over host Kennesaw State (19-13, 3-3 A-Sun) on Saturday. The Hatters let a three-run lead slip away late in a 4-3 loss to the Owls in Game 1.
On "Lexi's Day" at KSU's Bailey Park, the Hatters set aside their traditional green, black and white colors and donned purple jerseys with Kennesaw State wearing pink tops as opposed to their usual black and/or gold. Proceeds benefited the Alexis Kaiser Foundation for children with special needs. Purple and pink are the favorite colors of young Lexi as she courageously battles cerebral palsy.
Czarnecki kept the Owls off balance throughout the second game, scattering just four hits and no walks although remarkably recording the shutout without registering a single strikeout. The Hatters took advantage of three consecutive KSU errors in the top of the fifth to plate three runs with sophomore catcher Jordan Cleghorn's (Ball Ground, Ga.) two-run single the big blow.
Sophomore second baseman Alyssa Oddo (Covina, Calif.) added an insurance run with an RBI single down the right field line in the seventh. Czarnecki helped her own cause with a base hit while outfielders Brittany Knipp (Land O'Lakes, Fla.) and Chelsea Whalley (Calgary, Alta.) each stole a base.
The opening game appeared to be well in hand for the Hatters, who scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a 3-0 lead. Senior third baseman Jill Semento (Umatilla, Fla.) had a two-out RBI double in the fourth and a solo home run, her fourth of the season, to left center field in the sixth while junior shortstop Chelsey Trotto (Lantana, Fla.) added a fifth inning RBI double of her own.
Things went south for the Hatters with two out and nobody on in the sixth as a double and a dropped fly ball led to a run scoring. More shaky defense in the seventh allowed Kennesaw State to score twice and tie the game; forced to intentionally walk the bases loaded with one out, designated player Jessica Cross delivered a walk-off RBI single off freshman pitcher Meredith Owen (Jackson, Miss.) for the 4-3 KSU victory.
Owen struck out five and allowed just two earned runs in six and a third innings of work while Abbey Meixel struck out 13 Hatters in a complete game win for Kennesaw State. Freshman center fielder Chrissy Morello (Ormond Beach, Fla.) joined Semento in the two-hit column; she also stole two bases, her 19th and 20th of the year, and scored a run. Shortstop Jensen Hackett was the only Owl to get two base hits in the opener.
The Hatters wrap up their A-Sun trip through Georgia with a doubleheader at Mercer starting at 2 p.m. Sunday. Live Stats link is at GoHatters.com; ASun.TV will carry the video broadcast.
FACEBOOK - Stetson Athletics; TWITTER - @StetsonSID; YOUTUBE - StetsonHatters