Durham, N.C. – Campbell defeated the Duke Blue Devils for the second consecutive game of the series by a score 10-4 on Tuesday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field on the Duke campus. The Camels move to 3-1 on the season while Duke falls to 1-3.
Campbell put three runs on the board in the first inning, taking advantage of a walk and a Duke error. Jimmy Brenneman singled to get the game underway and then stole second and third base before scoring on Jake Kirkland's sacrifice fly.
In the fourth, Holskey reached on a single and Ben McQuown connected on a two-out RBI triple to the left center field gap that pushed the Camel lead to 4-0.
Camel starter Ryan Koopman ran into trouble in the fourth inning, opening the frame giving up a hit by pitch, a walk and a single to right field. Logan Self came on in relief and got a sacrifice fly and two strikeouts to get out of the jam while surrendering only one run.
Back-to-back doubles from Kirkland and David Olson in the fifth inning, CU pushed the lead to four runs at 5-1. Duke was able to get out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the sixth inning and closed the Camel margin a half inning later. Jordan Betts opened the Duke sixth inning with a double, later scoring on Andy Perez' double to draw the Blue Devils within three.
Campbell answered back immediately in the seventh inning, pushing across four runs to extend the lead out to seven runs at 9-2. CU took advantage of a Duke walk and hit batsman while contributing a single, double, sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly during the four-run spurt. The Blue Devils
Duke's two-run homer from Betts in the seventh briefly drew the host team within a 9-4 margin, but the Camels added another run in the eighth as McQuown recorded an RBI by taking a base on balls with the bases loaded to conclude the game's scoring.
Self took the win for Campbell, throwing five innings of relief and scattering six hits and three runs to move to 1-0 this season. Duke starter Chase Bebout took the loss to fall to 0-1. Josh Holskey finished 4-for-4 in the game while Ben McQuown was three-for-four with four RBI.
Campbell returns to action this weekend as the Camels take on Fordham in a three-game series. Play is set to begin on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. with a single game, followed by a doubleheader Saturday at 3 p.m.