Camels Split Twinbill with Eastern Michigan in Opener

Ryan Mattes (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Ryan Mattes (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell opened the 2013 season and its new home, Jim Perry Stadium, with a doubleheader split against Eastern Michigan on Friday afternoon. The Camels opened their new park with an 8-2 win, while EMU salvaged game two, 10-6.

The series finale is slated for 1 p.m. in Buies Creek.

Senior right-hander Ryan Mattes paced the Camels in game one, tossing 8.0 innings with five hits, two runs, both earned, six strikeouts and a walk. Mattes, who allowed his first hit of the game in the fifth inning, surpassed career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts in the win.

Coley Thompkins pitched a perfect ninth in relief of Mattes.

Newcomers Matt Nadolski and Elijah Trail combined to knock in six of the Camels' eight runs in the opener, pounding out five hits. Nadolski posted a 2-for-4 clip with three RBI and two runs scored. His base-clearing double in the fifth gave Campbell a 7-2 cushion. He later scored on a Trail RBI single to left.

Trail, a Bakersfield, Calif. native, kick-started the Camels in the second, driving in Nadolski and David Olson on a double to the right-center gap. The junior went 3-for-4 in game one, also scoring a run.

Senior infielder Brent Graham added two hits and a run scored, while Olson crossed the plate twice in the win. Michael Felton and Nick Ray also scored for the Camels.

In the nightcap, the Camels jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a Felton RBI groundout in the first, followed by a Ben McQuown solo home run in the third.

The Eagles then answered with three runs in the fourth and fifth, taking advantage of a CU error and a wild pitch in the fourth and driving in a pair on doubles from Lee Longo and Adam Sonabend.

EMU pounded out four more hits in the fifth with Sam Ott and Sonabend picking up RBI singles.

After another Eastern Michigan tally in the seventh, Campbell rallied for two runs in the bottom of the inning when Blake Boyce drew a bases-loaded walk and Nick Ray scored on a wild pitch.

The teams traded pairs of runs in the eighth before the Eagles tacked on one more in the top of the ninth on an RBI-hit from John Rubino.

Kendall Lewis picked up the win for EMU, going 6.0 innings with three hits, two runs, both earned, three strikeouts and a walk. Hector Cedano was charged with the loss after scattering six runs, five earned, on seven hits with three punchouts and a walk in 4 1/3.

The Camels will travel to East Carolina in their next matchup, taking on the Pirates in Greenville, N.C. on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The game will be the first of a home-and-home series with ECU returning to Buies Creek on March 13.