HUNTSVILLE, Ala. Campbell took both games of Monday's doubleheader from the Bulldogs of Alabama A&M at Bulldog Field. Campbell improves to 27-21 on the season as Head Coach Greg Goff recorded his 200th career coaching victory in the game two win. Alabama A&M, with the two losses, dips to 14-27 on the season.
Campbell 23, Alabama A&M 2 (DH Game 1)
Campbell jumped out to an early 3-0 lead thanks to a hot start by the top of the order. In the first inning Chris Bangi (Jacksonville, Fla.) led off with a single followed by a double by Ellis Lowe (San Diego, Calif.). Both Bangi and Lowe scored on a double down the right field line by Ryan Hamme (Wilmington, N.C.). Hamme scored on an RBI groundout by third baseman Alex Aycoth (Sanford, Fla.).
The Camels continued to swing a hot stick as they posted six runs in the top of the second inning. With the bases loaded, Chris Bangi hit a sacrifice fly to center field which allowed Josh Holskey (Roanoke, Va.) to cross home plate. Stephen Parsons (Chesapeake, Va.) and D.J. Johnson came in to score when Ellis Lowe tripled to left field.
Lowe advanced 90 feet for his second run of the game when Ryan Hamme singled through the right side. Zach Johnson (Smithfield, N.C.) singled to left field and advanced all the way to third on an error by the Bulldogs center fielder; the single allowed Hamme to score and extend the Camels lead to 8-0. Johnson scored the final run of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Alex Aycoth.
Campbell broke the game wide open as it extended its lead to 16-1 by scoring four runs in the third and three runs in the fifth. Just one AAMU runner came in to score over the same stretch.
Highlighting the four run third inning was a two RBI double by Chris Bangi, which allowed Stephen Parsons and D.J. Johnson to score. The three run third inning was capped off by a two run home run by designated hitter Josh Holskey. Holskey's home run was the second of the season for the first year Camel and allowed Graham Fronk (Charlotte, N.C.) to score. Also highlighting the fourth inning was Thomas Valenza (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who recorded his first hit in a Campbell uniform.
Campbell, already leading by 15, pushed its lead to 22 thanks to a seven run fifth inning. The Camels scored two of the runs on bases loaded walk and a bases loaded hit by pitch. Campbell scored two more runs on an Alex Aycoth double to right field. The rest of the runs were scored on RBI singles by D.J. Johnson, Ellis Lowe and Josh Holskey.
Alabama A&M pushed a single run across in the bottom of the sixth to set the final score at 23-2.
Sophomore Colin Parker (Princeton, N.C.) started the game on the mound for the Camels. Parker (2-0) recorded the victory after he pitched four complete innings giving up three hits as one unearned run scored. The southpaw struck out three batters, while walking just one.
Parker would be relieved by right-hander Richie Gaito (Cliffside Park, N.J). Gaito pitched the final three innings of the seven inning contest. Gaito recorded his first career save after allowing just one run on three hits, with two strikeouts over the final three innings. Gaito struck out the final batter he faced to end the game.
Campbell had a host of leaders at the plate in game one. Chris Bangi finished 2-for-2 at the plate with three RBI and two runs scored. Ellis Lowe, who finished a home run shy of the cycle, finished with three hits, four RBI and three runs. Josh Holskey also had an effective day at the dish as he finished 3-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI.
Also pacing the Camels were Stephen Parsons and D.J. Johnson. Parsons finished with two hits, three runs and one RBI. Meanwhile, Johnson had three hits in four at-bats and had four runs and two RBI.
Campbell scored 23 runs on 21 hits, which sets a season high for runs scored; the previous high was 22 runs which the Camels scored on April 9th against Belmont. Campbell's 21 hits are tied for the second highest total this season. Campbell also had 21 hits in a 17-3 victory in February victory over UNC Greensboro; the season high is 22 hits which the Camels had against Savannah State on April 4th.
Campbell 13, Alabama A&M 3 (DH Game 2)
After getting off to a fast start in game one of the two seven inning affairs, Campbell struggled out of the gate in game two.
Alabama A&M jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning, thanks to a pair of doubles and a triple.
The Camels failed to record a hit the first two innings of the game, but finally broke through in the third. With Ellis Lowe standing on third and Ryan Hamme on first, Matt Keen (Four Oaks, N.C.) hit a double to the right center field gap allowing Lowe to score. Lowe's run cut the deficit to 2-1.
Campbell took the lead in game two, a lead they did not give up, as they scored six runs in the top half of the fourth inning. The fourth inning was started by a Josh Holskey double to left center, followed by Bryan Braswell (Rocky Mount, N.C.) reaching on an error by the Bulldogs second baseman. D.J. Johnson and Chris Bangi drew back to back walks which allowed Josh Holskey to score the tying run. Bryan Braswell scored on a passed ball followed by D.J. Johnson crossing home plate on a Ryan Hamme single. The Camels scored two more runs in the inning to take a 7-2 lead.
Campbell pushed a single run across in the fifth when Chris Bangi scored on an Ellis Lowe sacrifice fly. With that run the Camels owned an 8-2 lead.
Parker Fleming (Lexington, S.C.) got the call on the hill for the Camels. The freshman right-hander went just two and one-thirds of an inning giving up two runs on six hits with two strikeouts.
Jonathon Lopez (Vineland, N.J.) was credited with the victory after relieving Fleming. Lopez (3-4) pitched 3.2 innings allowing four hits and striking out three.
The Camels would conclude their scoring with a five run sixth inning. The sixth inning was capped by an Ellis Lowe triple that allowed two runs to score, as well as a Ryan Hamme solo home run. The home run by Hamme was his fourth of the season.
The Bulldogs scored one run in the bottom of the seventh to conclude the scoring and giving the Camels a 13-3 victory.
Josh Fish (Bellingham, Wash.) pitched the final inning on the bump for Campbell. Fish allowed one run on one hit in the final frame.
Chris Bangi, Ellis Lowe and Ryan Hamme paced the Camels at the dish in game two. Chris Bangi finished 2-for-2, three runs, two RBI, two hit by pitches and a base on balls. Ellis Lowe had a single and a triple with three runs and three RBI. Finally, Ryan Hamme finished with three hits (one home run), two RBI and two runs scored.
With the game two victory, Head Coach Greg Goff recorded career victory number 200. Goff led Montevallo to 152 wins over four seasons (2004-07) including a pair of appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Goff led Montevallo to the 2006 College World Series and the team finished ranked number three in the seasons final poll. Goff has 48 victories in less than two seasons as the skipper of the Camels. In the two seasons prior to Goff's arrival, the Camels won just 30 games, including an 11 win campaign in 2007.
Campbell will conclude its regular season schedule on Thursday and Friday. The Camels will entertain conference foe USC Upstate at Taylor Field in an important conference series; a series that has Atlantic Sun Baseball Tournament implications. The Camels and Spartans will play a single game on Thursday starting at 4 p.m. The series will conclude with a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 1 p.m.