BUIES CREEK – NC Central (18-30) used a five-run seventh inning to take the lead and the Eagles held on for a 12-7 victory over Campbell (35-15) at Taylor Field on Thursday afternoon. NCCU took advantage of six walks and four hit batsmen from the CU pitching staff.
The teams matched each other early, putting up identical runs in the first two innings. CU took a one-run advantage in the third when David Olson scored on Josh Holskey's RBI single as Campbell took a 6-5 lead.
NCCU and Campbell again traded runs in the fifth and sixth innings before the Eagles put together the pivotal five-run seventh inning, coming on four hits, one walk and one hit batsman.
Michael Felton and Jake Kirkland each recorded two-hit nights to lead the CU offensive effort. Felton contributed a RBI double in the second inning to close out a four-run Camel spurt that tied the game.
Heath Bowers (2-1) took the loss after tossing five inning of relief work. He scattered five hits and allowed four runs, three of them coming in his final inning on the mound. Bowers also struck out five Eagle batters while walking two.
Glenn Frye (4-5) picked up the win in two innings of relief, allowing one unearned run on one hit and striking out two Camel batters. Michael Romano recorded the save after closing out the game's final three innings in scoreless relief, allowing just two hits.
Campbell returns to the field on Friday when the Camels host Radford in the opening game of an important Big South Conference series. Game time is set for 6 p.m. and will be followed by a doubleheader Saturday at 2 p.m.