No. 27 Camels Defeat Duke 6-3

David Olson (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
David Olson (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – David Olson picked up three hits, drove in three and earned the save on the mound to lead No. 27 Campbell past Duke 6-3 Tuesday night at Jim Perry Stadium.

Campbell University officially dedicated Jim Perry Stadium prior to the game, with a ceremony that included Jim and Daphne Perry and family, President Jerry Wallace, CU administration, staff, coaches and players. The ceremony concluded with a ribbon cutting. Jim Perry threw out the game's ceremonial first pitch.

Campbell improved to 22-3 overall with its seventh straight win, while Duke dropped to 12-13 with the loss. The Camels have taken four of the last five in the series against the Blue Devils. CU is now 9-2 against in-state competition on the season.

Olson, a senior from Auburn, Wash., went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI, also scoring a run. The righty then pitched the final 2 1/3 for the long save, his first of the year. Olson allowed a run on a hit with one walk.

CU sophomore Heath Bowers went 6 2/3 with six hits, two run, none earned, seven strikeouts and no walks, moving to 5-0 on the season. Bowers is the third Camel starting pitcher in the team's last four games to not walk a batter.

The Camels broke through in the third inning with two leadoff singles, scoring their first run on a Brent Graham RBI groundout. RBI base hits from Michael Felton and Olson gave CU a 3-0 lead after three frames.

After Duke plated its first score, unearned after a Campbell error, on a Jordan Betts RBI hit in the fifth, the Camels answered with a two-out infield single to plate Ben McQuown.

Duke took advantage of another CU miscue in the top of the seventh, scoring its second run before Olson knocked in his third of the day and Michael DeLucia drove in another to give the Camels a 6-2 cushion.

The Blue Devils managed one more run in the ninth on Grant McCabe's sacrifice fly, scoring Angelo La Bruna, who reached on a leadoff double.

Seven Camels joined Olson with hits on the night, while McQuown and Felton scored two runs each.

Michael Matuella took the loss for Duke, falling to 2-2 on the season after giving up three runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout. Duke starter Drew Van Orden pitched an inning with a hit and a strikeout, while Sarkis Ohanian went 3 2/3 with three runs on three hits with four walks and two punchouts.

Jeff Kremer and Betts paced the Blue Devils with two hits apiece in the loss.

The Camels return to Big South play this weekend, hosting Radford Friday (5 p.m.) and Saturday (1 p.m., doubleheader) in a three game series.