February 26, 2012

Camels earn series win with 9-0 shutout over Fordham

BUIES CREEK – Three Campbell pitchers combined to throw the team's first shutout of the season on Sunday afternoon as the Camels prevailed 9-0 over Fordham to win the club's second consecutive weekend series. The rubber match saw Camel left-hander Paul Eyster (Selinsgrove, Pa.) scatter four hits over seven innings, striking out seven and walking none while improving to 1-0 in his CU career.

CU wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, plating two runs in the first inning on Michael Felton's (Tempe, Ariz.) two RBI double that scored Jake Kirkland (Pauline, S.C.) and Ben McQuown (Waianae, Hawaii).

The hosts pushed another run across in the second inning, as Nick Ray (Gulfport, Miss.) immediately put Campbell in scoring position by recording a triple down the right field line to open the frame. Ray then scored on Cam'Ron Summers' (Muskogee, Okla.) fielder's choice to give the Camels a 3-0 advantage.

In the CU half of the fifth inning, the first five Camel batters reached safely. Blake Boyce (Virginia Beach, Va.) registered an RBI double to left field to score the first of three Campbell runs in the inning. The next two runs crossed the plate on fielder's choice decisions, with Ray and Kyle Holmstrom (Livermore, Calif.) picking up a RBI each.

Matt Marksberry (Batavia, Ohio) relieved Eyster in the eighth inning and struck out three of the four batters he faced in one and a third innings.

The Campbell offense picked up three more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, all coming off the bat of Kirkland, whose three-run homer gave the game its final 9-0 score. Heath Bowers (Lillington, N.C.) came on for the final two outs of the ninth inning in the freshman's first appearance for CU.

Jimmy Brenneman (West Chester, Ohio) and McQuown each finished with two hits for the orange and black. Seven of Campbell's eight starting position players collected a hit in the game, with Summers collecting his first as a Camel on his eighth inning double.

John Porter (0-1) took the loss for the Rams, surrendering seven hits and six runs (five earned) over five innings of work. Fordham drops to 1-5 overall and returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Farleigh Dickinson at 3 p.m. in the team's home opener.

Campbell improves to 5-2 overall and will return to the diamond on Tuesday, traveling to Raleigh to face N.C. State in a 3 p.m. start.