March 31, 2009

Baseball Drops Doubleheader to Ospreys

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The Campbell University baseball team dropped Monday's doubleheader to conference foe North Florida. The Ospreys took game one by a score of 12-2, while taking game two by a score of 16-13. Campbell drops to 11-13 on the season and 2-9 in league play. Meanwhile, North Florida improves to 12-16 overall and 6-6 in the A-Sun.

North Florida 12, Campbell 2 (DH Game 1)

Campbell would score right out of the gate in game one as they pushed two runs across in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead after one complete inning. Ryan Hamme (Wilmington, N.C.) would score on an Alex Aycoth (Sanford, Fla.) groundout. Ellis Lowe (San Diego, Calif.) came in to score after a single by senior Matt Keen (Four Oaks, N.C.)

Campbell finished the first inning with two runs and two hits. The Camels would manage just two hits over the final eight innings of game one.

The Ospreys would tie the game with two runs of their own in the third to tie the score at two a piece. They would then score a single run in the fourth, followed by two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to push their lead to 7-2.

Campbell started Ryan Hamme on the hill against the Ospreys. The senior pitched 6.2 innings allowing nine hits while seven total runs came in to score. Hamme struck out eight of the 31 batters that he faced in the outing, however he would be credited with his fourth loss of the season.

The Camels would use Jonathon Lopez (Vineland, N.J.) and Richie Gaito (Cliffside Park, N.J.) to close out the game. The pair of pitchers from New Jersey would pitch the final 2.1 innings, as Lopez allowed four hits while five runs scored, Gaito struck out one batter in his one-third inning outing.

Campbell was led in game one by Matt Keen; Keen finished with a hit, a RBI and a stolen base.

UNF hurler Phil Rorabaugh was credited with his first win of the season after pitching six innings allowing just two runs and four hits, while tallying five strikeouts.

North Florida 16, Campbell 13 (DH Game 2)

Game two would not be nearly as lopsided as game one, as both teams found offense all throughout the game.

The Ospreys would take a 2-0 lead heading to the bottom of the second, but the Camels would storm right back to take the lead.

The Camels half of the second was started with a Brian Gana (Richland, Wash.) single, followed by a walk by Stephen Parsons (Chesapeake, Va.). After D.J. Johnson (Winston-Salem, N.C.) sacrifice bunt, the Camels had two runners in scoring position with two outs.

After Chris Bangi (Jacksonville, Fla.) was walked, the Camels finally got on the scoreboard. A single by Ellis Lowe, scored both Gana and Parsons, while Bangi advanced to third, thus tying the score at two. After Bangi scored and Lowe advanced to second on a balk by UNF pitcher Ty Pryor, Ryan Hamme would get a free pass to first base after being hit by a pitch.

With two men on, Alex Aycoth would drive in Lowe with a single through the right side. After two innings the Camels led 4-2.

North Florida would answer right back as they posted three runs in both the third and fourth innings, allowing them to own a 8-5 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth.

Campbell would rally to tie the game in the fifth thanks to key hitting with two outs. Brian Gana would score on a Stephen Parsons double. Parsons would come in to score thanks to a Chris Bangi single through the right side. D.J. Johnson would score the tying run after an Ellis Lowe double to the right center field gap.

Campbell would take a 12-8 lead after six innings thanks to another big inning in which the Camels scored four runs on just three hits. Three of the Camels four runs in the sixth came with two outs.

UNF and Campbell would each post a single run in their respective halves of the seventh inning, as Campbell owned a 13-9 led with two innings to play.

The Campbell lead would not hold as UNF would score seven runs over the final two innings, including six runs in the top of the ninth inning, all of which were scored with two outs.

Jeff Rydman (Gladstone, Mo.) got the start on the mound for the Camels. The junior would pitch just three innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs (six earned).

Parker Fleming (Lexington, S.C.), Carlton Floyd (Riegelwood, N.C.), Josh Fish (Bellingham, Wash.) and Richie Gaito would close out the game on the bump for Campbell.

Fleming pitched three complete innings allowing five hits while two runs came in to score. Floyd (0-1), who was credited with the loss, pitched 2.2 innings allowing six runs on just four hits.

Josh Fish and Richie Gaito would combine to get the final out. Fish faced two batters, allowing one run on one hit and walking a batter. Gaito walked the first batter he faced before getting UNF third baseman Andrew Karmeris to pop out.

UNF pitcher Greg Kohler was credited with his first win of the season.

Campbell was led at the plate in game two by senior Brian Gana. Gana finished game two batting 3-for-3, with an RBI and two runs scored.

The Camels also received positive production from Stephen Parsons, D.J. Johnson and Zach Johnson (Smithfield, N.C.). The trio combined for seven hits, four RBI, and seven of the Camels' runs.

Campbell will hit the road tomorrow afternoon, as they are set to face the High Point Panthers. First pitch at High Point is slated for 6:00 p.m.