April 28, 2012

Lipscomb takes series with 10-4 victory over Campbell in finale

Nashville, Tenn. – Campbell (33-12) fell 10-4 to Lipscomb (20-24) in Saturday's series finale as LU earned the series win in the matchup of former Atlantic Sun foes. The Bisons used a five-run fourth inning to take the lead behind two-run homers from Zak Messer and Ricky Coleman.

Campbell opened the scoring in the second inning, with David Olson leading off with a single. He was sacrifice to second base by Nick Ray and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Olson came to the plate on a RBI single from Erick Gaylord, who got his fifth start of the season in the outfield.

Hector Cedano shut down the Lipscomb batters the first time through the order, allowing no hits and pitching to just one over the minimum across the first three innings. LU responded in the fourth inning, using a pair of two-run home runs to take a 4-1 lead and end Cedano's day on the mound.

Logan Self entered in relief for the Camel bullpen, and LU added another run off a sacrifice fly to take a four-run advantage after four innings.

Jimmy Brenneman was hit twice in the game to take the all-time hit by pitch career record in Campbell history. He passes CU volunteer assistant coach Chris Bangi, who held the previous career record of 52 HBPs.

The Fighting Camels got two runs back on just one hit during the fifth inning, loading the bases on a single from Gaylord, a base on balls drawn by Graham and the record-breaking HBP from Brenneman. After a fly-out by McQuown, a wild pitch from relief pitcher Hunter Brothers and a passed ball scored two Camels to cut the LU lead to 5-3 during Michael Felton's at-bat. Felton later walked before a strikeout ended the frame.

Lipscomb added a run in the bottom of the fifth, as Coleman scored on an RBI single from Tyson Ashcraft. Matt Marksberry got a strikeout to end the inning with LU leading 6-3.

CU tried to mount a two-out rally in the seventh inning. Brenneman walked and McQuown and Felton collected back-to-back singles to load the bases. Brothers was able to get Kirkland to ground out on the first pitch and escape the jam with Lipscomb holding on to the 6-3 lead.

The Bisons added two runs each in the seventh and eighth innings to push the lead to seven runs at 10-3. Campbell scored once in the ninth, which began with Gaylord reaching on an error by the right fielder. Gaylord finished the game 2-for-4 and almost had a third hit that was snuffed out on a great play from the LU second baseman.

Josh Holskey followed with a pinch hit single to centerfield in his first plate appearance since returning from injury. Gaylord eventually scored on a RBI fielder's choice from Ben McQuown, resulting in the final margin.

Felton also added two hits for the Camels and finished the series 5-for-12. Cedano took the loss for Campbell, falling to 1-2 this season. Brothers earned the win in relief for Lipscomb to move to 1-1.

Campbell will travel to league-leading Coastal Carolina next weekend for an important Big South Conference series in Conway, S.C. The two teams will open with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2 p.m.