No. 29 Baseball Sweeps Asheville

Michael Felton (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Michael Felton (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Campbell completed the three game Big South series sweep at UNC Asheville with 12-8 and 5-4 wins Saturday's doubleheader at Greenwood Field.

Campbell improved to 21-3 overall and 5-1 in Big South play with the wins, while Asheville dipped to 8-17 on the season and 1-5 in conference games.

In game one of the day, the Camels came back from a six-run deficit to defeat the Bulldogs 12-8 behind four RBI from senior Michael Felton and 3/13 shutout innings from Ryan Thompson.

A three-run sixth in game two of the twinbill put the Camels ahead 5-3, and Campbell held on 5-4 with the save from Thompson, his second appearance of the day.

In game one, the Bulldogs jumped out to an 8-2 lead after five innings, scoring three runs apiece in the third and fourth, then adding a pair in the bottom of the fifth on a Campbell error. Felton and David Olson both drove in runs in the third for the Camels.

In the top of the sixth, Campbell loaded the bases on three walks with one out and plated two on Felton's double down the right field line. After Elijah Trail's RBI groundout, Olson and Clayton Brown picked up RBI hits and Nick Ray scored on a Bulldog error, tying the score at 8-all.

The Camels took the lead in the seventh as Felton's RBI groundout scored Ben McQuown. Trail then tacked on another run with a single to center, scoring Brent Graham. Graham's 2-out single to center in the eighth added two more for the Camels, giving CU the 12-8 lead.

Ryan Thompson earned the win in relief, going 3 1/3 with two hits, two strikeouts and a walk, moving to 2-0 on the season. CU starter Matt Marksberry went four innings, allowing seven runs on 10 hits with five punchouts and a walk. Logan Self also worked 1 2/3 with a run on one hit and four walks.

Dillon Tabar (2-2) was charged with the game one loss for the Bulldogs, giving up five runs, four earned, on seven hits in 1 2/3. UNCA starter Lucas Clarke went five frames, allowing three runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts.

McQuown, Graham, Felton and Olson all picked up two hits apiece for the Camels in the game one win, with Felton driving in four. Graham also scored three times.

Ian Graham and Todd Joyner gathered three hits each to pace Asheville.

Campbell picked up two runs in the first inning of game two, capitalizing on a pair of Bulldog miscues.

After Campbell starter Hector Cedano retired his first 10 batters, three straight Asheville hits, including a Justin Woods two-run double, tying the game with one out in the inning. The Bulldogs took the lead on Eli Miller's sacrifice fly.

In the top of the sixth, back to back doubles from Trail and Olson brought home three, putting the Camels out front 5-3.

The Bulldogs threatened in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases with one out before Ian Graham's walk scored a run with two away. Kyle Towles popup to second, however, ended the UNCA rally, giving Campbell the 5-4 win.

Campbell starter Hector Cedano moved to 5-1 on the season with the win, surrendering three runs on six hits with four strikeouts in six innings.

Thompson picked up the save, his fifth of the season, pitching the game's final 2/3 of an inning with a walk. David Olson bridged the gap, allowing a run on two hits with two strikeouts and a walk in 2 1/3 innings of work.

Corey Randall took the loss, falling to 1-2, scattering five runs on eight hits with two strikeouts in six innings. Brian Connolly pitched three innings, allowing a pair of hits with two strikeouts and a walk.

Olson led the Camels at the plate with a 2-for-4 effort, also driving in two. Trail and Graham also registered two hits each, with Graham scoring twice.

Justin Woods went 1-for-4 with two RBI for the Bulldogs in the game two loss.

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.