CSM's Offense Too Much for Paul. D Camp
The College of Southern Maryland Hawks took care of Paul D. Camp Community College on April 8, beating them 8-3.
Sophomore Haylee McClanahan hit her fourth home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning, a towering two-run shot that just cleared the fence and stayed fair of the foul pole in the left field corner.
CSM head coach Becca Collins said "Haylee needs to continue to stay confident and let the home runs come. A lot of times players get overanxious. Staying calm and disciplined is key for her, especially when runners are on."
Paul D. Camp tied the game in the top of the sixth inning at 3-3, but the Hawks' bats came back to life in the bottom of the sixth when they scored five runs to take an 8-3 lead to the top of the seventh.
Freshman Cetonya Kitson led off the home half of the sixth inning with a double to the right field fence. After sophomore Alyssa Case bunted for a base hit and later advanced to second to put runners at second and third base with one out, freshman Kaitlyn Culbert brought both runners home with her double to the left field fence that put CSM up 5-3.
Culbert had a perfect day at the plate, going 4-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
"Kaitlyn is an excellent leadoff," Collins said. "She does a great job letting the team know what she sees at the plate every at bat. She's consistent and definitely adds a level of experience on the team we need."
McClanahan got her second hit and third RBI of the game when she singled to right field to bring Culbert home, making the score 6-3.
Freshman Rachel Polk brought the final two runs home when she doubled to the left field fence. She finished the day going 2-4 at the dish with two RBIs.
Case earned her second save of the season, pitching the sixth and seventh innings in relief of freshman Skylar Clark.
"Alyssa is great to have when we need someone to come in and finish the game and throw strikes," Collins said. "She has been working really hard on hitting her spots and it's paying off. It helps take some pressure off Skylar as well knowing we can go to Alyssa to close the game."