Schedule altered in baseball series at VMI

Matt Marksberry and Ben Fish (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Matt Marksberry and Ben Fish (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

Campbell (31-8) travels to Lexington, Va. this weekend as the Camels take on the Keydets of Virginia Military Institute. The schedule for the Big South Conference series has been altered in an attempt to miss forecasted rain on Saturday evening. The two teams will now play a doubleheader on Friday, with the first game beginning at 4 p.m. The series will conclude with a single game on Saturday, set to start at 1 p.m.

VMI is 11-25 overall, 4-11 in the Big South Conference. The Keydets were swept by Coastal Carolina last weekend, but lost two of the games by a one-run margin. The Fighting Camels are 8-4 in Big South Conference play after taking two of three games over UNC Asheville last weekend, placing them third in the league standings behind Liberty and Coastal Carolina.

Campbell defeated #18 NC State 8-6 on Tuesday evening at Taylor Field in the first contest against a ranked opponent this season for the Fighting Camels. The game was played in front of 1,135 fans at Taylor Field, the highest-attended game in Buies Creek this season. With the victory, CU is just three wins shy of breaking the program's single season record for wins (33).

Campbell leads the brief all-time series with Virginia Military Institute 1-0, with the only meeting coming in a 6-3 Camel victory in Buies Creek during the 1995 season. VMI head coach Marlin Ikenberry pitched in that contest for the Keydets, recording the final two outs for the VMI pitching staff as he was concluding his senior season. Ikenberry is in his ninth season as the head coach at the Institute, and he won his 200th game last season. 

The four Big South losses for Campbell this season have come by a combined five runs, and the 4-3 extra inning defeat to Charleston Southern that ended the team's 18-game winning streak is one of just two the Camels have lost when leading after seven innings. CU is 26-2 when leading after seven innings and 18-1 in games decided by four runs or more.