BUIES CREEK – Off to the best start in program history at 18-3, Campbell is receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll, both released this week. The Fighting Camels are receiving two votes in the USA Today poll, voted on by 31 coaches at Division I institutions across the country, and the team joins fellow Big South members Coastal Carolina and Liberty in the receiving votes category of the NCBWA poll.
Campbell currently leads the Big South in hitting as the team has a collective .340 batting average. The pitching staff is tops among league members in strikeouts per nine innings with an 8.47 average as Matt Sergey leads the way with 35 strikeouts, a Big South best. The Camel pitchers have a 3.47 team ERA, fourth in the league and almost four runs lower than the 7.11 team ERA from last season's team.
Individual players are also receiving attention from national publications, as Jimmy Brenneman was recently named the College Sports Madness Big South player of the week. The senior from West Chester, Ohio earned the recognition for last week's performance, when he batted 9-for-17 with 11 runs scored and 7 RBI. He finished the week with a .640 on base percentage after walking twice and being hit five times.
Brenneman is the second consecutive Camel to win the weekly honor from College Sports Madness, with Frank Zier being selected as the honoree the previous week. The right-handed pitcher from Frederick, Md. tossed one stretch of 20 consecutive scoreless innings and has a perfect 3-0 record on the mound with a 2.06 ERA. Opponents are batting just .227 off of Zier, who carries a 31-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
After concluding a ten-game home stand against Coppin State on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Fighting Camels will gear up for the Big South Conference opener when the team travels to Winthrop on Friday. Campbell will be returning to the conference that the athletic program was a member of from 1983-1994. CU advanced to the NCAA regionals in 1990 after earning the first-ever automatic bid from winning the Big South tournament championship.