BUIES CREEK – Campbell (32-10, 9-6 BSC) will step out of Big South Conference play this weekend, going to Nashville for a three-game set with Lipscomb (18-23, 9-9 Atlantic Sun). The series will consist of three single games. Thursday's opener will be at 6:00 Central Time, followed by a 6 p.m. Game 2 on Friday evening. Saturday's series finale will be held at 1 p.m. Central. The Bisons are coming off a 7-6 victory in 11 innings at Western Kentucky Tuesday evening.
Lipscomb leads the overall series 11-14 after taking three games last season in the Music City. LU will send out two starting pitchers with a 3.09 or lower ERA. Will Blalock will go against Matt Sergey in Thursday series opener. Blalock is 1-1 in seven starts with a 2.67 ERA and 32 strikeouts. Connor Sinclair, the expected Game 2 starter for the Bisons, is 5-3 with a 3.09 ERA in ten starts and leads the LU pitching staff with 64 innings pitched.
The Fighting Camels are coming off the team's second series loss of the season after dropping two of three games at VMI last weekend. CU won the series opener 6-4 before losing the final two games by one run margins (3-2 and 8-7). Five of the team's six Big South losses are by one run, with the other defeat coming by two runs at Liberty. Campbell is 9-6 in Big South Conference play, currently fourth place in the league standings.
David Olson improved his hitting streak to 17 games (a team season-high) over the weekend at VMI, and the junior is batting .420 during the run. Olson's two-RBI single in the sixth inning against NC State scored the eventual winning run in the team's win over the nationally-ranked Wolfpack. Olson then gave the Camels a 2-1 lead in the 8th inning of Campbell's second game at VMI with a home run to left field, his fifth home run of the year.
Jimmy Brenneman's 56 runs scored lead the nation and Michael Felton's 71 base hits are second in the country. Collectively as a team, CU leads the nation in hits with 480 thus far. The team's 331 runs are second among the national charts. The Camels also rank in the top-five in the country in batting average (4th-.327), scoring (5th-7.9 runs per game) and hit by pitch (2nd-81).