Queens captures 2nd straight Conference Carolinas Softball Tournament Championship

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. - Queens wins second consecutive Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship!

The 2010 Conference Carolinas Softball Championship was decided by an extra inning affair between Limestone College and Queens University of Charlotte. Queens University of Charlotte came into the Championship game 3-0 on the tournament, including a nine inning 5-2 win over Limestone earlier in the tournament.

Limestone sent freshman co-pitcher of the year Leah Quant to the mound against Queens sophomore co-pitcher of the year Chantel Dodge. Quant went six innings, giving up five runs, on four hits, with four walks, and six strikeouts. Junior Emily Wallace pitched in relief for Limestone and went three innings, surrendering six hits, and giving up just one run. Wallace was charged with the loss. Chantel Dodge pitched all nine innings for Queens, giving up six hits, five runs, one walk, and eight strikeouts. Dodge picked up the win.

Limestone sophomore Kelsey Kuykendall went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Sophomore Mallory Kuykendall hit a deep fly ball to left field, in the fourth inning, which hit off the glove of Queens junior left fielder Mariah Goode and bounced over the wall for four runs. Freshman Kirstyn Burleson had two hits on the day for Limestone. Sophomore Jenna Guse and freshman Lauren Myers each added a hit of their own.

Queens junior Alisha Waldrop went 3-for-5 on the day, scoring a run. Freshman Megan Lathbury went 2-for-4 on the day and junior Beth Richie went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Sophomore Keeya Turner went 1-for-4 and scored two runs. Senior Megan Campbell went 1-for-4 with two runs batted in. With one out in the top of the ninth inning Megan Campbell singled up the middle, which Megan Lathbury followed with a single of her own. After a foul out to the catcher, junior Brandy Jester snuck a hard groundball through the left side scoring Campbell as the eventual game winning run.

Queens has now won back-to-back Conference Carolina Softball Tournament Championships, they will now advance to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament to be held May 13-15.