JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- Ellis Lowe slammed a home run to left field and the go ahead run was represented at the plate but Campbell's rally fell just short as the Camels lost to North Florida by a 7-5 score.
Campbell (15-8, 3-4 A-Sun) fell behind early as UNF scored four runs off of four hits in the first inning. Andrew Karmeris started the scoring off for the Ospreys as he sent a first pitch offering from Campbell starter Frank Zier through the left side to register the RBI single that scored Andrew Hannon. The scoring continued with a pair of sacrifice flies by TJ Thompson and Robbie Collier that pushed the UNF lead to 3-0. Later Ryan Roberson slapped a single to right center to bring home the fourth run of the inning.
North Florida (13-11, 3-1 A-Sun) gave up two runs in the second to Campbell hitting as DJ Johnson sent a RBI single through the left side that scored Kevin Nelson. Ellis Lowe registered his first hit and RBI as he doubled to left center that brought around DJ Johnson, the play could have scored Chris Bangi but he was thrown out at the plate.
The scoring continued for UNF as Andrew Karmeris sent a double to right field to register his second RBI of the night and push the score to 5-2.
Campbell starter Frank Zier and UNF starter George Lott both settled in and allowed no runs in the third, fourth or fifth inning.
In the sixth the Fighting Camels were able to inch closer as they scored two runs off of Alex Aycoth scoring on a wild pitch from Lott and Kevin Nelson sending a sacrifice fly to center field to register his only RBI of the contest.
With a 5-4 lead in hand the Ospreys answered in the bottom half of the sixth with two runs of their own off of a Michael Smith two run round tripper that was sent to right field.
After a scoreless seventh and eighth Campbell mounted a comeback in the ninth. With one out in the inning Ellis Lowe slammed a home run to left field to draw within two runs at 7-5. After Alan Denman struck out looking to register the second out, Alex Aycoth doubled down the right field line to keep the inning going. Zach Johnson followed with a single to left field that advanced Aycoth to third base. With runners at the corners and two outs, North Florida reliever Tommy Organ was able to get out of the contest and register the save by getting catcher Ben Fish to fly out to center field.
Campbell starter Frank Zier recovered from a rough start and ended up going eight innings, giving up seven runs off of 11 hits. The sophomore was dealt the loss and moves to 3-3 on the year.
George Lott was dealt the win as the starter for the Ospreys went six innings and gave up just four runs off of eight hits. The righty moves to 3-0 on the season.
These two will complete the series on Saturday afternoon with a 1:00 p.m. first pitch from Harmon Stadium. Live Radio of the doubleheader can be found by logging on to www.gocamels.com and clicking on the Fighting Camel Zone link; Robert Harper will be calling the play-by-play for Campbell. Live Stats can be found by logging on to www.unfospreys.com.