ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Ryan Mattes' complete game paced No. 29 Campbell to a 4-1 win at UNC Asheville Friday afternoon at Greenwood Field to open the Big South series.
Campbell improves to 19-3 overall and 3-1 in Big South play, while Asheville dips to 8-15 and 1-3 in conference games. The series will continue to tomorrow with an 11:30 a.m. doubleheader.
Mattes, a senior from Virginia Beach, Va., improved to 5-1 on the season, surrendering just four hits and a run in the game, while striking out three. Mattes did not walk a batter, and retired 19 in a row after a leadoff hit to start the game.
The complete game was the first of the senior's career. The complete game was also the first by a Camel since March 23, 2012 when Matt Sergey shutout Winthrop in an 8-0 win to start Big South play on the road.
Dean Roland (0-5) took the loss, allowing four runs on 12 hits with three strikeouts in eight innings. Nick Schavone allowed one hit in an inning's work.
Asheville tallied the game's first run in the first on Billy Creighton's sacrifice fly, scoring Ian Graham, who reached on a leadoff hit through the middle.
Campbell's Elijah Trail knotted the game at 1-all in the fourth, hitting the first pitch he saw over the fence in left for his fifth home run of the season.
The Camels tacked on another in the seventh with Nick Ray scoring on Lane's one out RBI single through the right side. Michael DeLucia's sacrifice fly in the ninth gave the Camels a 4-1 cushion, scoring Colby Fox.
Nick Ray and Clayton Brown fueled Campbell with 3-for-4 days, while Nick Ray and Trevor Lane each collected two hits.
The Camels posted six leadoff hits in the game and reached in 7-of-9 leadoff chances.
Graham and Creighton led Asheville with a hit each, scoring one and knocking in one, respectively.
The Camels return to Buies Creek next week, hosting Duke on Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. Campbell will officially dedicate Jim Perry Stadium, hosting "Jim Perry Day," for the contest. CU welcomes Big South foe Radford March 29-30.