GREENSBORO, N.C. – Jordan Gontram’s solo, walk-off homer in the ninth inning gave UNCG softball (39-9) a 6-5 victory over the Campbell Camels (25-24) on Wednesday evening at UNCG Softball Stadium. With 39 wins, the Spartans have the third-most victories in a single-season in program history.
UNCG is now 12-1 against in-state opponents by a combined score of 77-34 and 7-1 in extra innings. The walk-off win was the ninth this year.
Gontram’s homer, her 10th of the year, was the first pitch of the ninth inning and the fifth lead change of the game that also had two tie scores.
Hannah Stiltner (7-3) entered the fifth inning with runners on the corners with one out after Campbell took a 5-4 lead following a solo-homer and RBI-single. Stiltner ended the inning with a double play on a grounder to herself that was followed by first baseman Sholtes gunning out a runner at home plate.
Stiltner threw 4.2 scoreless innings with just two hits, no walks and three strikeouts and retired the last 10 batters she saw. She picked up her fourth win in relief in the last six games.
UNCG got the game’s first two runs in the second inning. Leadoff batter Emily Acquaviva beat out a throw from the shortstop for a single, advanced to second base on a sac bunt by Becca Kale and went to third on a groundout by Rachael McClaskey. Acquaviva scored on a line drive single from Alexis Overdiep that hit off the third baseman’s glove and into left field. Jasmine Palmer singled to centerfield, and Matthijs drew a walk on a full count to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed Overdiep to slide safely into home for the second run.
Campbell took its first lead in the next inning on a three-run homer to left field that followed two-straight walks.
Gontram tied the game up with a one-out solo home run, her ninth of the year, to left field in the bottom of the inning.
The Spartans took back the lead in the fourth inning. Overdiep singled to centerfield with one out and went to second base on a groundout. The fourth ball of a walk to Matthijs was a wild pitch that allowed Overdiep to go to third base. Sholtes hit a hard line-drive single off the third baseman, and Overdiep raced home for the run.
Palmer and Gontram both went 3-5 at the plate as UNCG had 12 hits in the game. Overdiep was the only other Spartan to have multiple hits.
Alicia Bazonski started in the circle and allowed five runs, seven hits and two walks.
UNCG will play another in-state opponent, NC State, in a road weekend series starting with a doubleheader on Saturday at 4 p.m.
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