Nashville, Tenn. – Campbell (33-11) matched the program record for most wins in a single season with the club's 33rd victory, a 5-2 win Friday afternoon in the completion of the series opener from Thursday evening. Lipscomb (19-24) then took the nightcap 6-2 for a doubleheader split. The two teams will meet in a rubber game on Saturday at 1 p.m. (CDT).
The Fighting Camels tie the mark established by the 2001 club with 33 victories in a single season. The '01 club finished with a 33-21 overall record.
Game 1: Campbell 5, Lipscomb 2
Thursday's game was suspended with Campbell leading 5-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Lipscomb immediately scored two runs off CU starter Matt Sergey when the game resumed on Friday afternoon. The LU runs were the only ones scored throughout the remainder of the game as Sergey and Camel reliever Ryan Mattes limited the Bisons to four hits over the final eight innings.
Chris Nunn took the mound for LU in the second inning and tossed a gem, allowing only three hits and no runs over eight innings of work. Nunn, who entered the game with 25 walks and 24 strikeouts on the season struck out five Camel batters while walking only one in his longest appearance of the season.
Will Blalock (1-2) was credited with the loss after allowing all five runs during the first inning on Thursday. Sergey picked up the win for the Camels, moving to 6-0 on the season. Ryan Mattes earned his fifth save of the season, allowing just one hit in his three innings of work while striking out two LU batters.
Michael Felton finished 2-for-4 with one run to lead the Camel offense along with Brent Graham's 2-for-3 effort at the plate. David Olson saw his 17-game hitting streak end during the game, even though he reached base off a hit by pitch and scored a run in the first inning.
Game 2: Lipscomb 6, Campbell 2
The nightcap saw Lipscomb tie the game with a run in the fourth and take the lead for good with two runs in the sixth, ending in a 6-2 LU victory. Five Bison recorded multi-hit games as Lipscomb pounded out 14 hits in the game, led by Logan Hostettler's 3-for-4 effort.
Lipscomb struck first with one run in the third inning. After Aaron Sandoval led off with a single, he came around to score on Hostettler's RBI double to give LU an early 1-0 lead.
Campbell took the lead in the top of the fourth as Nick Ray and Bryce Grady recorded back-to-back RBI singles, plating Felton and Olson. Ray's single was part of a 2-for-3 nightcap, and he joined Jimmy Brenneman as the other Camel with two hits in the game.
The 2-1 CU lead was short-lived, with Lipscomb striking back to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the frame off an unearned run. Campbell starter Frank Zier allowed the first three LU batters to reach base in the sixth inning and was replaced by Andrew Jacobsen.
The two Bison runners that came to the plate during the frame to give LU a 4-2 lead were charged to Zier, who finished his start with nine hits and four runs (three earned) over five innings in taking the loss.
The Camels tried to mount a rally in the eighth inning, placing the first two batters of the inning on base via an error and a hit batsman. LU reliever Gil Rehwinkel shut down the comeback attempt, recording two strikeouts and a fielder's choice to escape the jam, leading to his third save of the season.
Lipscomb added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth for the final 6-2 victory. Connor Sinclair took the win for LU, scattering seven hits and two runs over seven innings in the start. Sinclair struck out nine Camel batters while walking just one to move to 6-3 on the year.