BUIES CREEK, N.C.- After defeating its second ranked opponent in as many years, Campbell looks to carry momentum into A-Sun play as the Camels entertain Jacksonville for a three game set beginning Friday at 4 p.m. at Taylor Field. Campbell (12-21, 6-12) owns a 4-5 record in league games at home, while Jacksonville (19-13, 10-8 A-Sun) is coming off a 2007 A-Sun tournament championship and NCAA regional bid.
Campbell earned its sixth non-conference victory of the season in stunning fashion dropping in-state rival and No. 22 ranked UNC Wilmington 8-6, last night at Brooks Field. Senior Mike Causey, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, propelled the Camels to a win as he scooped a two-out single to shallow centerfield in the ninth scoring Brandon Scott and Stephen Parsons, who both had singles in the inning.
The Camels' offense has shown signs of ignition as of late as Campbell has launched a home run in four of its last five contests. Most recently Scott extended CU's lead to 3-0 with a solo shot in the third inning against UNCW. Brian Gana, a junior from Richland, Wa., belted two of his own against High Point on Tuesday, which marks Campbell's only multiple home run performance of the season.
Ellis Lowe continues to be a solid piece in Campbell's offensive puzzle as he extended his team-leading 16 game hitting streak with a bases loaded RBI single in last night's game. Lowe, a freshman from San Diego, Ca., leads the team in batting average (.364), hits (47) and is second in on base percentage (.387), doubles (6) and total bases (53).
Jacksonville, who is currently tied for fourth in the A-Sun, returns several key players from last season including preseason all conference selections Matt Dobbins and Chuck Opachich. Dobbins has been steady on the mound for the Dolphins posting a 3-2 record in 44 innings pitched.
Coming off a series victory over Mercer last weekend, Jacksonville features nine players with .300 averages or better led by Kevin Ferreira and Jeremy Gillan. Ferreira is hitting at a .375 clip with 17 RBI and 21 stolen bases, while Gillan owns a .363 batting average and leads the team with four homers. Gillian also has knocked in a team-leading 38 runs.
Most recently, Jacksonville outlasted Bethune-Cookman 6-5 in a mid-week non-conference matchup. Gillian drove in three RBI in the contest and the Dolphins' bullpen combined to strikeout nine batters. Freshman Steve Eagerton notched his first save after striking out three batters in two shutout innings of work. Another notable non-conference game for Jacksonville was an 8-5 win over No. 18 Florida on Mar. 26.
Friday's contest is the first of five straight games at Taylor Field for the Camels. After the weekend series Campbell plays host to North Carolina A&T on Tuesday (April 15) at 7 p.m.