Camels sweep La Salle in opening series

Danny Pardo, Elijah Trail & Steven Leonard (
Danny Pardo, Elijah Trail & Steven Leonard (

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell took both games of Sunday's doubleheader 9-4 and 10-6 to sweep the season-opening weekend baseball series over visiting La Salle. The Camels opened 2014 with a 9-2 victory over the Explorers Saturday at Jim Perry Stadium.

Leading game one of Sunday's twinbill 4-0 after five complete, Campbell (3-0) tallied five runs on five hits in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-0 over the Explorers (0-3). Brooks Borders bunted Clayton Brown home to start the CU scoring. Kyle Leady followed with a two-run single and Matt Nadolski's triple to left center scored two more Campbell runs.

La Salle rallied in the top of the ninth, batting around and scoring four runs before Coley Thompkins shut the door, retiring his only batter for the save (1).

Hector Cedano (1-0) picked up the game one win, scattering five hits in five innings with four strikeouts and two walks. Ryan Koopman allowed a hit with two strikeouts and a walk in two innings. James Darcy allowed four runs on three hits with two strikeouts and three walks in 1 2/3.

La Salle starter Shane Hollman (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits with five strikeouts and a walk. Joey Ravert surrendered two and Dominic Sgroi allowed three in 1 2/3 and 1/3 innings of work. Collin McGowan and Adam Cherry combined to work a scoreless final 2 1/3 for the Explorers.

Leady, Nadolski, Danny Pardo, Will Albertson and Sam Rector all registered two hits in the game one win, with Leady, Nadolski and Albertson also driving in two apiece. Pardo and Steven Leonard both scored twice.

In the nightcap, La Salle scratched across an unearned run in the second on a George Smith, Jr. sacrifice fly after a Campbell miscue. The Camels answered with a run in the bottom of the third on Trail's double to left, and took a 3-1 lead with runs in the fourth and fifth on Pardo and Nadolski RBI hits.

The Explorers, however, put up five runs in the top of the sixth, knocking five hits, including Kevin Conroy's two-run single, to take advantage of two Campbell errors in the frame.

CU rallied with five runs of its own in the bottom of the inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Leady's infield hit scored one and Trail's sacrifice fly added another to make it 6-5 La Salle. Two batters later, Nadolski's base hit up the middle scored two to give the Camels a 7-6 lead, and Rector's walk with the bases loaded made it 8-6 Campbell.

Leady and Brown sacrifice flies in the seventh and eighth gave the game its final 10-6 decision.

Ryan Thompson (1-0), who entered the game with one out in the sixth and retired 12 of 13 batters faced, earned the win in his first appearance of the season. The senior struck out four and allowed a hit in 3 2/3.

CU starter Andrew Witczak allowed four runs, two earned, on four hits with three strikeouts in a 5 1/3 Orange and Black debut. Coley Thompkins allowed two unearned runs on two hits with a walk.

Freddy Andujar (0-1) took the loss for La Salle, surrendering five runs on three hits with two walks in 2/3 of an inning. Alex Faust scattered four hits with a run and three walks in three frames.

Pardo went 3-for-4 for the Camels with two runs and a RBI in game two, while Nadolski drove in three on a 2-for-5 effort. Leady also scored twice and picked up two RBI.

Conroy paced La Salle with two RBI, going 1-fo-2 at the plate, while Jack Meeker scored twice in the loss.

The Camels head to East Carolina on Tuesday, Feb. 18, taking on the Pirates at 4 p.m.