FARMVILLE, Va. – Longwood's Elizabeth McCarthy hurled a three-hit shutout Sunday afternoon to help Longwood to a 4-0 win over Gardner-Webb in the series finale.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (11-25, 4-7 Big South) had chances early in the game, with Alia Booth's leadoff single in the second inning a bright spot. Megan Champion coaxed a two-out walk to get a second runner on base, but McCarthy fanned her second batter of the inning to keep the game scoreless.
Longwood took advantage of a GWU fielding error in the top of the second, allowing Krista Kelly to reach base. She stole two bases to get to third and scored on an RBI single from Jessica Smith for a 1-0 edge.
Gardner-Webb quickly counterattacked in the top of the third, getting a leadoff double from Sam Harrell – but Harrell was thrown out trying to reach third on the play. Kaylee Wacaster kept the inning alive with a two-out single, but a fly ball ended the threat.
The Lancers used a two-run double from Kelsey Sweeney in the fifth inning to create some space and added an insurance run in the sixth for the final margin.
McCarthy picked up her second win in as many days, not allowing a hit after the third inning. She fanned four and walked one.
The Lancers had seven hits, with seven different batters collecting one each.
Wacaster (1-for-3), Booth (1-for-3) and Harrell (1-for-2, 2B) led Gardner-Webb's offense.
Mackenzie Thompson took the loss, despite allowing just one unearned run in 4.0 innings of work. She scattered five hits and fanned two while throwing 69 pitches. Ashley Wark closed out hte game allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits.
Gardner-Webb will be back in action at home on Wednesday, hosting Winthrop at 5:00 pm at Brinkley Softball Stadium. The game is a makeup of last week's originally scheduled game – which was washed out due to rain in the area.