Baseball hosts Coppin State in two mid-week games

Jake Kirkland (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Jake Kirkland (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK – Campbell will host Coppin State on Tuesday and Wednesday to conclude a ten-game home stand before entering Big South Conference play at Winthrop this weekend. The opener against Coppin State on Tuesday will begin at 6 p.m., with Wednesday's game scheduled for a 4 p.m. start time. Tuesday's game against the Eagles will serve as a Go Green Game at Taylor Field, and fans can receive free admission to the game by bringing ten recyclables items to the game. See below for more information.

With a series sweep of Longwood over the weekend, Campbell improved its winning streak to 13 games, setting a new program record. The team broke the mark of 12 consecutive wins that the 1986 team had established. The Fighting Camels are also off to the best start in team history at 18-3, with two games remaining on the current ten-game homestand before entering Big South play.

Michael Felton has led the CU offense and the entire Big South in batting average, hitting .483 for the season and racking up 42 hits thus far during his first year in Buies Creek. Jake Kirkland and Jimmy Brenneman have reached base during each of Campbell's 21 games and Brenneman tops the Big South charts in runs scored. Kirkland is tied for third in the league with 25 RBI and second with a .688 slugging percentage. Felton, Kirkland and Brenneman have the best on base percentage among all conference players, with each accumulating better than a .500 OBP through 21 games.

On the mound, Matt Sergey leads the Big South in strikeouts with 35, while Frank Zier is fifth with 31 strikeouts. David Olson picked up his third save against Longwood in the series finale over the weekend, placing him fifth in the league in that category.

According to, Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour but we recycle less than 1% of all plastic products! On Tuesday, March 20, 2012 every fan that brings ten or more recyclable items will receive free admission to the Campbell University baseball game against Coppin State at 6 p.m. Students will receive a prize for every ten recyclable items they bring to the game and the residents of the dorm who bring the most recyclable items will earn a special prize.

Recycling bins will be available next to the entrance of the game to collect recyclable items. In the third, sixth, and ninth innings Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representatives will share helpful information on how fans can make their homes "green". Fans will also receive a map showing the location of the nearest recycling center in Buies Creek.