BUIES CREEK – Campbell holds sole possession of second place in the Big South standings as the Fighting Camels host Presbyterian in a three-game regular season finale series this weekend at Taylor Field. The PC Blue Hose are coming off a 3-2 victory over Duke on Tuesday and are winners of three of their last four games after a series win over Gardner-Webb last weekend.
The meeting this weekend will be the first time Campbell and Presbyterian have met on the baseball diamond. PC is 23-29 on the season, 9-12 in Big South play. The series gets underway Thursday evening at 6 p.m. On Friday, Campbell will be holding "Johnny Parker Day" in honor of the father of former student-athlete Colin Parker (class of 2011). Friday's game time is also set for 6 p.m., and more information on the event can be found here.
CU will honor its seniors on Saturday, holding a special ceremony prior to the 1 p.m. start time. The team has accumulated a 27-6 record at Taylor Field this season.
Two Camels broke school single season records during last weekend's series sweep over Radford. Michael Felton surpassed Ellis Lowe's season hits record of 92 and currently has 95 hits this season. The Big South Conference record is 100 hits, established by Dominic Pattie (UNCG, 1997) and Jacob Dempsey (Winthrop, 2006). Ryan Mattes recorded a save in all three wins over Radford to set a new mark for saves in a season with nine. Felton and Mattes were named Big South Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for their record-breaking performances during the week.
Campbell has clinched a spot in the Big South tournament, hosted next week at High Point University. The top eight teams will qualify for the double-elimination tournament with the exception of Presbyterian, who is not eligible for championship competition until next year.
The Fighting Camels have set school records this season for wins (38) and home wins (27) this season. CU ranks third in the country in hits (582), sixth in runs scored (382), sixth in stolen bases (106), eighth in batting average (.317) and second in hit by pitches (101).