March 20, 2012

Campbell tops Coppin State 12-2 Tuesday evening

BUIES CREEK – Campbell scored a single run in each of the first three innings before breaking the game open in the middle innings during a 12-2 victory over Coppin State on Tuesday night at Taylor Field.

Jake Kirkland led the offensive charge, finishing the night 4-for-5 with two runs scored. Freshman Cam'Ron Summers posted a three-hit night for the Camels, going 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

Ben McQuown manufactured a run in the first inning, walking to get on base, stealing twice to advance to third base and then taking home when Michael Felton was caught stealing second. CU built its lead to 2-0 in the second inning, as Summers doubled to left field, sending Kyle Holmstrom to third base. Holmstrom then advanced home on a wild pitch.

The Eagles got one run back in the third inning, putting together three consecutive hits and scoring on an RBI single from Ian Arciaga, who finished 1-for-3 with two RBI. Campbell quickly responded in their half of the frame, rallying with two outs. After Jake Kirkland singled up the middle, he came around to score on Bryce Grady's RBI double down the left field line. Brady was 1-for-3 with one walk and two runs scored.

Holmstrom helped break the game open in the fifth inning, clearing the bases on a 3-RBI triple to left center. Holmstrom later scored on a balk, giving the Camels a 7-1 advantage after five innings. Campbell added three runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh inning to round out the Camel scoring. Kurt Odom collected an RBI single in the seventh for the first hit of his collegiate career.

Ryan Koopman (2-2) picked up the win for Campbell, tossing three innings in relief of starter Paul Eyster. Koopman scattered two hits and struck out six batters while walking none during his time on the mound. Ben Jarboe (0-6) took the loss for Coppin State, allowing four hits and three runs during his three innings on the mound.

The Fighting Camels improve to 19-3 on the season, while Coppin State falls to 0-17. The two clubs will meet again on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. start.