April 22, 2013

No. 29 Campbell Hosts NCCU, UNCG in Midweek

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – After picking up its third straight series win, No. 29 Campbell hosts in-state foes North Carolina Central and UNC Greensboro at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at Jim Perry Stadium.

The Camels improved to 35-8 overall with a sweep of Big South rival VMI over the weekend, also moving to 14-4 in league play. The series sweep marked the Camels' seventh overall of the season, and third in Big South sets.

After defeating Appalachian State 11-6 in Thomasville, N.C. on Wednesday night, Campbell came away with two bottom of the ninth wins to open the VMI series. On Saturday, Michael Felton gave Campbell a walk-off win for the second straight day, driving in the winning run with a base hit in the bottom of the ninth, defeating VMI 4-3 to clinch the series. The Camels took Friday's opener 2-1 over the Keydets on Blake Boyce's game ending RBI double in the bottom of the ninth.

On Sunday in the finale, Hector Cedano struck out a career-high nine to lead Campbell in an 8-1 win.

Cedano, a junior lefthander from Miami, Fla., fanned nine, walked three, and allowed a run on just four hits in eight innings, improving to 8-2 on the season. Cedano's eight wins is the fourth most in CU single season history. The Miami, Fla. native's nine strikeouts marks a career best and the most by a Camel this season.

Michael DeLucia blasted two home runs and drove in six in a Campbell win over Appalachian State to highlight a week where the senior catcher batted .357.

DeLucia, a senior from Pembroke Pines, Fla., blasted a three-run homer in the first and a two-run shot in the fifth, both to left, in Campbell's 11-6 win over Appalachian State in Thomasville, N.C. The senior came into the night without a career home run in his two seasons as a Camel. The catcher also drove in a run in the third with a single through the right side, pushing his total to six. In all, DeLucia went 3-for-3 with six RBI, also reaching in the seventh after being hit by a pitch.

During the week, Brent Graham also posted his team-leading ninth and 10th bunt hits of the year.

On the season, Clayton Brown owns a team-high .427 average, while Graham posts a .383 average with 41 runs and 32 RBI. Ben McQuown boasts a .341 average with 49 runs and 38 stolen bases. David Olson and DeLucia bat .348 and .320, while Felton hits .333 with 38 RBI.

Sophomore righthander Heath Bowers is 7-0 on the season with a 1.86 ERA. Senior Ryan Mattes is 6-2 with a 2.15 ERA, while Ryan Thompson adds a 4-0 record with seven saves and a 0.94 ERA.

NCCU has dropped four in a row since defeating Campbell 5-1 last Tuesday night in Durham, including a 7-0 decision at High Point and a sweep to Savannah State. Luis Diaz paces the Eagles with a .314 average and 36 runs scored, while Zack Lee owns a .302 average with 30 runs. Jordan Quinn is 5-2 overall with a 2.43 ERA.

UNCG is 18-22 overall, losing eight of its last 10 games heading into the week. Christian Wolfe leads the Spartans with a .429 average and 27 RBI, while Trevor Edwards has collected 10 homers with 36 RBI and a .300 average. Lee Gilliam is 2-3 on the mound with a 2.69 ERA.

After breaking for exams, the Camels will return to the diamond on May 3, beginning a three game series at High Point. Campbell returns home on May 10 for a three game set with Liberty.