KENNESAW, Ga. The Campbell University baseball team survived a huge rally by Kennesaw State in game one of Saturday's doubleheader. With the 12-11 victory, the Camels improve to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in A-Sun play.
The Camels jumped out to an eight to one lead after four complete innings. That lead would not last as Kennesaw State (1-4, 0-1 A-Sun) would push seven runs across in the bottom half of the sixth inning to tie the contest at eight a piece.
Both Campbell and Kennesaw State would score three runs in the seventh inning to push the score to 11-11. The score would remain the same until Chris Bangi hit a lead off home run in the top of the ninth inning, giving the Camels a 12-11 lead. Bangi's home run would prove to be the game winner as the Owls were unable to score in their half of the ninth inning.
Bangi, a junior from Jacksonville, Fla., led the Camels at the plate in game one. Bangi finished the game 2-of-4, while scoring three runs. Campbell was also led by Ryan Hamme, Matt Keen, and Kevin Nelson.
Hamme (Wilmington, N.C.) and Nelson (Sunrise, Fla.) each finished the day batting 2-of-5. Hamme drove in three Camel runs, while Nelson scored two runs of his own. Keen, a senior from Four Oaks, N.C. finished 2-of-4, with two RBI.
Ryan Hamme was given the nod on the hill in game one. Hamme pitched five plus innings for Campbell, giving up just five hits and allowing three Owls to score. After Hamme exited the game the Camels would bring in Hunter Ford. The junior from Wilmington, N.C. would go just a third of an inning plus, giving up two hits while three runs came across to score.
Logan Davis would be called from the bullpen next. Davis (Ft. Cobb, Okla.) would pitch one complete inning for the Camels, Kennesaw State would push four runs across on four hits during Davis' outing.
Jonathon Lopez (Vineland, N.J.) would be credited with the win after pitching 2.2 innings, giving up just two hits and allowing just one run to score. The win pushes the junior's record to 1-0 on the season.
The Owls were paced at the plate by outfielder Josh Whitaker and catcher Jace Whitmer. The pair each batted 2-of-5 on the day and combined to drive in six runs.
Kennesaw State would start Kyle Heckathorn on the mound. The junior pitcher would go four complete innings, during which time eight Camels would come across to score. Kenny Faulk would be credited with the loss for the Owls after pitching one and two-thirds, during which time he gave up the solo home run to Chris Bangi.
The Camels are currently playing game two of Saturday's doubleheader. The Camels will play Kennesaw State in the series finale on Monday, a start time has yet to be announced.