Camels Shutout Old Dominion 8-0

Heath Bowers
(Bennett Scarborough photo)
Heath Bowers (Bennett Scarborough photo)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell picked up its first shutout of the season behind six scoreless innings from Heath Bowers, blanking Old Dominion 8-0 Wednesday night at Jim Perry Stadium.

Campbell improves to 25-5 overall on the year, while ODU dips to 13-14. With the win, CU set a program record for combined wins in back to back seasons with 65, after winning 41 in 2012. The previous mark of 64 was held by the 2000 and 2001 Campbell squads.

Bowers, a sophomore righthander from Lillington, N.C., allowed just two hits while striking out three and walking one in six frames, moving to 6-0 on the season. Logan Self, Coley Thompkins and Ryan Thompson struck out one batter apiece, allowing just one hit.

The Camels' three hits allowed in the win marked a season best.

At the dish, Brent Graham, Blake Boyce, Trevor Lane and Clayton Brown all knocked in two runs each, with Brown posting a 3-for-4 night, adding a run scored. David Olson added a 2-for-3 effort at the plate with two runs scored for the Camels.

Seven Camels picked up multiple hits on the night.

Campbell jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second, as Olson scored on Boyce's double to right. Lane then followed with a RBI single to center, giving the Camels a 2-0 lead after two.

The Camels posted four runs in the bottom of the fourth with Boyce, Lane, Brown and Graham knocking in runs.

Graham and Brown notched RBI base hits in the sixth and seventh, respectively for Campbell.

ODU starter Jake Josephs was charged with the loss, falling to 3-2 on the season after allowing six runs on 10 hits with a strikeout in four innings.

Brandon Smith surrendered a run on two hits with two walks and a strikeout in two frames, while Victor Diaz pitched an inning, allowing a run on three hits with two strikeouts. Ryan Yarbrough struck out one and walked one in an inning of work.

Ben Verlander, P.J. Higgins and Brian Bashara recorded hits for the Monarchs in the loss.

The Camels return to Big South play on the road this weekend, heading to Presbyterian for a three game series, April 5-7 in Clinton, S.C.