BUIES CREEK – Michael Felton was four-for-five with three RBI and three runs scored to lead Campbell past Rider 13-10 in a slugfest on Tuesday night at Taylor Field. Ryan Koopman (1-2) pitched four relief innings of two-hit ball for the Camels to pick up the win as the Camels improve their winning streak to nine games.
Rider got off to a quick start, scoring four runs in the first innings off Camel starter Paul Eyster. The Broncs mounted the rally with two outs, putting together four consecutive singles after a one-out walk. Ken Kremer capped the scoring with a two-RBI single up the middle to give Rider the early 4-0 lead.
CU got two runs back immediately in the bottom half of the frame, with Felton beginning his night with a RBI double that scored Ben McQuown. McQuown had reached via a hit by pitch from Rider starter Zach Mawson, the first of six hit by pitches drawn by Camel batters during the game. Jake Kirkland then reached on an error, scoring Felton from third base. Mawson took the loss for Rider, falling to 0-2 this season.
In the second inning, the Camels began the frame with three consecutive base hits before McQuown laid down a sacrifice bunt. Felton then added another RBI double. When Bryce Grady singled through the left side to score Felton, Campbell had taken a 6-4 lead that they would not relinquish.
The Broncs drew within one run in the third inning, chasing Eyster from the mound after a leadoff double from Adam Wayman. Greg Fazio doubled home Wayman to bring Rider to within 6-5, the closest the Broncs would be the rest of the way.
Koopman settled in for Campbell in his middle relief role, striking out four batters in his four innings of work while not allowing a base hit in his last two innings.
After pushing a single run across in the sixth inning, the Camels seemed to put the game away with a six-run seventh. CU batted around in the frame, with three Rider pitchers combining to hit three Camel batters and walk two others. Grady and Brent Graham each recorded two-RBI base hits in the inning as part of four Campbell hits.
Rider did not go away, rallying for five runs in the top of the eighth before David Olson entered from the Camel bullpen with one runner on base and two outs in a 13-10 game. Olson recorded consecutive strikeouts to end the threat and then completed his second save of the season after closing out the game in the ninth.
Campbell moves to 14-3 on the season while Rider falls to 5-8. The two teams meet Wednesday night at 6 p.m. to conclude the two-game mid-week series.