BUIES CREEK – Campbell and Fordham split a doubleheader on Saturday, with the Rams taking a 7-6 win in the first game and the Camels earning a 5-2 triumph in the second game. The two clubs will play the series finale on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Game 1: Fordham 7, Campbell 6
Campbell scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 5-3 lead, only to have Fordham rally for four runs in next inning to reclaim the advantage and hold on for the 7-6 win.
CU struck first in the opening game during the third inning. Jimmy Brenneman reached on a hit by pitch, advanced to third when Ram starting pitcher Chris Pike committed an error on a pick off move, and scored on Ben Graham's sacrifice fly.
Fordham immediately answered, scoring two runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead. The Rams received an RBI double from Stephen McSheery and a sacrifice fly from Ryan Lee to get in the scoring column.
The visitors pushed another run across in the seventh inning, scoring an unearned run on a second sac fly to take a 3-1 advantage. The Camels stormed back in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of three walks and three hits to score four times and reclaim a 5-3 lead. David Olson collected a two RBI double in the inning, finishing the game three-for-four with three RBI and one run scored.
The lead was short-lived, as the Rams answered with four runs on four hits against two Camel relievers to take a 7-5 lead. CU was able to get one run back in the bottom of the eighth, but could not push the tying run across.
Logan Self took the loss for the Camels, falling to 1-1 on the season. Fordham reliever Rick Anastasi picked up the win, moving to 1-0.
Game 2: Campbell 5, Fordham 2
Camel starter Frank Zier and Fordham starter Joseph Charest each went seven innings in the nightcap that saw Campbell score four runs over the seventh and eighth innings to claim a 5-2 win.
Zier (1-0) picked up the win after Campbell scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh on a Ram error, while Charest (0-2) took the loss for Fordham after surrendering five hits and two runs (one earned) in his seven innings of work. Zier scattered six hits and one run over his seven innings pitched.
Fordham claimed the first lead in Game 2, with the Rams scoring on Ryan Lee's RBI triple in the third inning that plated Rob McCunney. It was the lone run scored until Campbell answered in the fifth with a home run off the bat of Kyle Holmstrom that evened the game at 1-1.
Erick Gaylord drew a one-out walk in the seventh inning, advanced to second on a groundout and then put the Camels in front while scoring on a Fordham error, one of four errors the Rams committed in the second game. CU then scored three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to push its advantage to four runs at 5-1.
Holmstrom had a two RBI double in the ninth to give the Camels a four-run cushion, and finished two-for-four with three RBI and one run scored in the win. Blake Boyce also contributed two hits, one RBI and one run scored in the nightcap.
Campbell moves to 4-2 overall after the doubleheader split, and Fordham now stands at 1-4.