Campbell races past Aggies 18-5 Tuesday evening

Ben McQuown (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Ben McQuown (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

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BUIES CREEK - Campbell rallied from an early 5-0 deficit to score 18 unanswered runs in an 18-5 victory over North Carolina A&T on Tuesday night at Taylor Field. Ben McQuown went 3-for-4 with four RBI and four runs scored to lead the Camel offensive effort as Campbell improved to 27-7 on the season. North Carolina A&T falls to 12-20 overall.

The Aggies got on the board with a five-run second inning, using five hits and one error to take the early 5-0 lead. Dairio Little contributed a two-RBI single during the stretch for the Aggies, part of a 3-for-5 night at the plate for the junior infielder.

CU got one run back in the bottom of the second, with David Olson scoring on Michael DeLucia's RBI single. DeLucia was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in his second start of the season.

Campbell took the lead in the third inning when the Camels scored six runs, triggered by consecutive walks to begin the frame. McQuown then added an RBI single and Michael Felton followed with a single that loaded the bases. After Jake Kirkland was hit by a pitch, Olson tallied an RBI single to push the lead to 4-2. Nick Ray added a sacrifice fly and two more runners later scored on wild pitches.

In a six-run fifth inning for the Camels, McQuown contributed a three-RBI double that tied his season high for RBI. Olson then added a two-run homer to left field that increased the CU lead to 16-5. Olson was 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored in the game.

Paul Eyster (2-1) picked up the win for the Camels, tossing four innings of no-hit, shutout ball in relief of Heath Bowers. Eyster collected five strikeouts while walking no Aggie batters. Andrew Cook (0-4) took the loss for A&T, surrendering four hits and six runs in two-plus innings of work.

Jordan Farthing and Michael Griffin each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Camels during the eighth and ninth innings.

Campbell returns to action on Wednesday evening when the Camels travel to Durham Athletic Park to take on North Carolina Central at 6 p.m. North Carolina A&T travels to Radford on Wednesday to face the Highlanders.