BUIES CREEK, N.C. Blake Herring struck out 12 in a complete game effort, and Carlton Floyd was a double short of the cycle, as Campbell (4-10) swept Holy Cross (1-7) with a 9-2 victory Tuesday at Taylor Field. Floyd went 3-4 with two runs and two RBI while Mike Causey also added three hits and three stolen bases for the Camels, who have now won three games in a row.
Herring (1-3) picked up the win, becoming the first Campbell pitcher in nearly seven years to record double-digit strikeouts in a game, with the last being Shaun Poole in 2000 against PACE. Matt Blake (0-2) took the loss for Holy Cross giving up seven earned runs in five-plus innings for the Crusaders, who have now lost five straight.
Campbell scored two runs in four different innings. Floyd led off the first inning with a triple to the right-center field gap and Brandon Scott gave the Camels the 1-0 lead with an RBI-single. After moving to third via a passed ball and fly out, Scott scampered home on a Robb Meng groundout to give CU the 2-0 lead. Four first-inning runs this series now has the Camels outscoring their opponents 15-6 in the opening frame.
The Camels continued the two-run per-inning trend in the third as Daniel Smith led off with a single and advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt by Blake. Floyd, however, made the error a moot point, as he hit his first career home run into the pine trees in right field, putting the Camels up 4-0.
HCU cut the lead in half the next inning. Brendan Akashian started the inning with a double and moved to third on Tyler Stampone's single, as Stampone was caught trying to stretch out a double. Chris Tenaglia doubled in Akashian and Kyle Lister followed with the third double of the inning to put Holy Cross within two at 4-2. That's all the Crusaders would manage against Herring, as he allowed only three hits the rest of the way.
CU quickly got the runs back in the fourth as Mike Causey and Zach Johnson singled back-to-back to start the inning. Causey moved up to third on interference by second baseman Stampone, and Johnson stole second to set up a Jacob Allen RBI-groundout to make it 5-2. Bryan Braswell rounded out the scoring by plating Johnson on an infield single to make it 6-2.
In the sixth, Causey walked to start the inning, prompting Blake to be lifted in favor of Tom Arrigg. Causey then proceeded to steal second and third base, putting himself in scoring position with none out. Zach Johnson walked and Allen brought Causey home with a sacrifice fly for the first run of the inning. Johnson then swiped his second bag of the day, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-2 Camels. CU would add another insurance run in the eighth on Allen's second sacrifice fly and third RBI of the afternoon.
Three was the magic number for Causey Tuesday, as the junior went 3-3 with three singles, runs, stolen bases and putouts respectively. It was Causey's first multi-hit game of the season and he has now reached base safely in twelve straight games. Matt Perron was the only Crusader with multiple hits, going 2-4 on the afternoon.
Floyd did much of the Camel damage in the two-game set, going 6-9 with four RBI, a home run, a triple, three doubles, four runs and a stolen base in the two games. The Camels run-scoring was efficient, as CU only left two men stranded on the day, and six total over the two games.
Holy Cross' next game is tomorrow at Davidson while Campbell boards the bus for a three-game series at Marshall starting Friday. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 1:00 in Huntington, W.V.