March 21, 2012

Baseball extends winning streak to 15 games with 12-0 win over Coppin State

BUIES CREEK – David Olson posted a three-hit afternoon for the Camels as Campbell handled Coppin State 12-0 in Wednesday's final tune-up for Big South Conference play. The victory is the 15th consecutive win for the baseball program, the longest winning streak in team history.

Jimmy Brenneman ignited things early for the hosts, drawing a walk to begin the game, advancing to second on a sac bunt, stealing third base and then taking home on an error by the catcher. Brenneman's run to give Campbell an early 1-0 advantage was his first of three during the game, giving him a team-high 34 runs scored this season.

Kyle Holmstrom opened the second inning with a leadoff double, and he was driven home on an RBI double from Brenneman. After Brenneman came around to score on a two-base error, the Camels had gained a 3-0 lead after two complete innings.

Freshman left-hander Curtis Linthicum (1-0) cruised in the first start of his collegiate career, tossing four innings of one-hit baseball, striking out three batters while walking just one. Hector Cedano entered in the fifth inning and allowed one hit over his two innings of relief work.

Campbell pushed five runs across in the third inning, receiving RBI base hits from Holmstrom, Ben McQuown and Michael Felton. Felton finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored to improve his batting average to a league-best .484 through 23 games.

The Camels added four more runs in the fifth, as Felton, Bryce Grady contributed RBI singles. David Olson added an RBI double, completing his 3-for-4 day while recording one RBI and one run scored.

Matt Marksberry took the mound for the Camels in the seventh inning and struck out the side, posting his 11th strikeout in 7.1 innings of work this season.

Paul Hawk (0-4) took the loss for Coppin State, surrendering five hits and six runs (four earned) in 2.1 innings of work. The Eagles drop to 0-18 on the season. Campbell improves to 20-3 and will travel to Rock Hill, S.C. for the opening conference series this weekend against Winthrop, returning to the league it was a member of from 1983-1994. First pitch on Friday night is scheduled for 6 p.m.