Baseball Outlasts ECU 8-6

L-R Brent Graham & Elijah Trail (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
L-R Brent Graham & Elijah Trail (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Elijah Trail's seventh inning two-out bases clearing double put Campbell ahead and reliever Ryan Thompson pitched two shutout innings to seal an 8-6 victory over visiting East Carolina Wednesday night at Jim Perry Stadium.

The win was number 300 for Camel head coach Greg Goff, who is in his sixth season at the helm of the CU program.

Campbell improves to 14-2 on the season with the win, its second of the season over ECU, who fell to 9-7. The 2-0 mark against the Pirates marks the first time since 1985 that Campbell has posted multiple wins over ECU in a single season.

Trail, a junior infielder from Bakersfield, Calif., ended the night with six RBI, going 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, his fourth of the season.

Senior outfielder Ben McQuown notched a 3-for-4 night, adding a run scored and a RBI, plus his nation-leading 25th stolen base in 2013.

Senior Michael Felton and freshman Trevor Lane also picked up two hits apiece for CU, while Brent Graham scored twice and walked three times.

Trail's two-run blast in the first began the scoring in the in-state battle, also scoring Graham, who reached on a walk.

ECU's Jay Cannon answered with a leadoff homer in the top of the second before Travis Watkins' RBI single scored Chris Gosik four batters later. Watkins then scored on a wild pitch, giving the Pirates a 3-2 lead.

In the bottom of the inning, however, the Camels loaded the bases and Clayton Brown scored on a Trail walk. ECU's two-out error allowed another Campbell run to score one batter later, putting the Camels back on top, 4-3.

Campbell added another in the third on McQuown's double to center.

In the top of the fifth, Zach Houchins' doubled with the bases loaded for ECU, giving the ­Pirates the 6-5 advantage.

After a leadoff double from Lane, Campbell rallied with two away in the home half of the seventh, loading the bases before Trail's bases clearing double.

David Olson earned the win in relief for the Camels, moving to 1-0 on the year after pitching two innings with a hit and three walks. Thompson, a junior from Turner, Ore., notched his fourth save on two innings of work with a strikeout and a walk.

CU starter Hector Cedano went 3 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, three runs, all earned, with two walks and four strikeouts, while Logan Self went 1 2/3 with three runs on three hits and a walk.

Jake Harris was charged with the loss for East Carolina, falling to 1-2 on the year, scattering two runs on six hits with three walks and a strikeout in 4 1/3. He relieved starter Andy Smithmyer, who posted five runs, four earned, on five hits with four walks and a strikeout in 2 1/3 frames.

Zach Houchins paced ECU with three RBI on a 2-for-3 clip, adding a run scored. Jay Cannon and Travis Watkins also picked up RBI in the loss, going 1-for-5 and 1-for-3, respectively.

The Camels will open up Big South play in their next outing, heading to Gardner-Webb on Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m. The series will continue on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Boiling Springs, N.C.