Camels earn tenth consecutive win in 9-3 victory over Rider
BUIES CREEK – Seven different Camels posted an RBI and Campbell defeated Rider 9-3 on Wednesday night to move to 15-3 on the season and extend the team's winning streak to ten games. Josh Holskey broke open a 3-3 tie with his first pitch home run to lead off the sixth inning as CU pushed three runs across in the sixth and seventh innings to put the game out of reach.
Campbell scored two runs in the first inning without recording a hit, taking advantage of two hit batsmen, a double steal and an error. When Michael Felton scored on Jake Kirkland's RBI groundout, the Camels had an early 2-0 lead.
CU starter Hector Cedano gave the pitching staff a solid start, scattering six hits and one run over his five innings of work. Cedano struck out three Rider batters, walking just one in the no decision.
Jimmy Brenneman helped manufacture a run in the fifth inning, singling to left field to reach base. He then advanced to second base on a balk and took third on a wild pitch. Ben McQuown drove Brenneman home on a sacrifice fly to increase Campbell's advantage to 3-1.
Rider scored twice in the top of the sixth off Camel reliever Andrew Jacobsen, using a two-out error that allowed Jerry Mulderig to come through with a two-RBI single for the Broncs to draw the game level. Justin Thomas, who was 2-for-3 on the night, scored on the play along with Greg Fazio.
The Rider lead was short-lived, as Holskey drove the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the frame out to left center for his first home run of the season. The homer also forced Rider starter Tim Hogan from the game after Hogan surrendered five hits and four runs (three earned) over five innings in taking the loss.
Brenneman finished the night 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored, also swiping his 12th base of the season. Felton, Nick Ray and Kyle Holmstrom also posted two-hit nights for the Camels, who improved the team batting average to .331 on the year. Jacobsen took the win for Campbell, improving his record to 2-0.
Campbell returns to the diamond on Friday, playing host to the Longwood Lancers at 6 p.m. The two teams will play a three-game series on the final weekend before Big South Conference play begins, with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.