WRALSportsFan.com: Campbell's baseball season is changing perceptions
Campbell baseball (31-8, 8-4 Big South) is out to their best start since a 33 win season in 2001. With 17 games left in their regular season, the Camels are chasing that 33 game win record and more.
"Hopefully we can maintain what we've done, and maybe bump it up a bit, and finish strong," said fourth year head coach Greg Goff. "We're trying to get to 40 wins this year, have the opportunity to do well in the Big South and get a chance to maybe compete in the regionals this year."
Goff is enjoying his first year full of a squad he brought in. And the school's first year back in the Big South Conference.
"It's big a huge difference for us just because of travel, us having the opportunity to get in a bus and just travel three hours away instead of eight to ten hours has been huge for our players."
The majority of the Big South schools are in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, whereas their previous conference, the Atlantic Sun, spanned down to Florida.
Maybe it is the easier travel but one thing's for sure the team has clicked this season. The team ranks number one nationally in hits, second in runs and third in team batting average. The team is batting 0.330 and fielding 0.976, both which stand higher than their opponents.
But coach Goff says not to overlook the pitching, the team's earned run average is currently 3.44.
"Pitching's been really good, last year it was pretty high, this year it's one of the tops in the country. I think that's been the biggest difference," said Goff. "We field the ball real well and we're starting to hit the ball real well too."
I don't know if they are just starting to, as the team averages 8.1 runs a game. They're finding success in their new conference and are making waves outside of it as well, taking an 8-6 win over No. 18 NC State Tuesday for Alumni Night at Taylor Field.
"I don't think people are looking as forward to having Campbell coming into play them, so I think we changed that perception," said Goff.
Last year the team finished 17-37, a far cry from where they'll end this season. And their national claim to fame was a top 20 ranking in hit by a pitch.
This years stats offer more to brag about, just like the scoreboard night in and night out. So I think it's safe to say the perception has changed.