No. 25 Camels Sweep Twinbill, Take Series Over Longwood

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

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – No. 25 Campbell used a complete game shutout from Heath Bowers in game one and multiple hits from four Camels in game two to sweep a Big South doubleheader from Longwood Saturday at Jim Perry Stadium.

The Camels posted 1-0 and 5-2 wins to take the series after the Lancers took game one of the series 3-2 Friday night.

Campbell improved to 31-7 on the season and 11-4 in Big South play with the wins, while Longwood falls to 17-20 overall and 7-8 in conference games.

Bowers, a sophomore from Lillington, N.C., improved to 7-0 on the season with his first career complete game shutout, allowing seven hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.

Over his last 34 2/3 innings, spread over five starts, Bowers has allowed just one earned run. The streak includes 28 strikeouts, six walks and only one extra base hit, holding the Lancers without one on Saturday.

Longwood runners advanced to third base just once in game one, that coming in the first before a double play ended the Lancer threat.

LU's Brandon Vick was charged with the game one loss, falling to 3-4 on the season after allowing one unearned run on three hits with two walks in eight innings.

Campbell capitalized on a two-base error in the sixth, allowed Ben McQuown to reach. After the senior advanced to third on a passed ball, Elijah Trail's single through the left side plated the Waianae, Hawaii native to give the Camels the 1-0 lead.

Longwood was retired in order for the fourth time in the game in the ninth.

In game two of the twinbill, Campbell broke through in the second with Nick Ray driving in Trail, who reached on a leadoff double down the left field line.

Brent Graham's RBI single in the third and Trail's solo homer, his seventh of the season, in the fourth made it 3-0 Camels.

After Longwood plated a run on Colton Konvicka's RBI hit in the fifth, doubles from Trevor Lane and McQuown led to another CU run in the bottom of the frame to make it 4-1 Campbell.

Konvicka then scored on Scott Burkett's RBI single in the seventh, and McQuown knocked in another with a single up the middle in the bottom of the inning to put CU ahead 5-2.

Junior lefthander Hector Cedano earned the win in 5 1/3 innings of work, allowing a run on six hits with seven strikeouts and a walk to move to 7-2 on the season.

Bowers and Cedano become the 10th and 11th pitchers in Campbell history to record at least seven wins in a single season, tying the pair for fourth on the school single season list.

Ryan Thompson pitched the final two stanzas, allowing two hits while fanning one for his seventh save. David Olson bridged the gap, surrendering a run on three hits with a strikeout and a walk in 1 2/3.

LU starter Travis Burnette took the loss, falling to 3-5 after giving up three runs on six hits with a strikeout in four innings. Tyler Wislocki allowed a run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning, while Aaron Myers allowed a run on two hits in 2 2/3, adding a strikeout. Dylan Caruso also pitched 2/3 of an inning for Longwood.

McQuown, Trail, Ray and Lane all picked up two hits for the Camels in the win, with McQuown knocking in two and Trail scoring a pair.

Konvicka paced Longwood with a 3-for-5 showing in game two, while Burkett and Brandon Delk added two hits each.

The Camels will head to North Carolina Central on Tuesday before taking on Appalachian State Wednesday in Thomasville, N.C. Campbell returns to Big South play over the weekend, hosting VMI (April 19-20).