March 1, 2014

LaRue’s homer lifts Camels over Army 6-5

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Seth LaRue's two out, pinch hit three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth lifted Campbell over visiting Army 6-5 Saturday at Jim Perry Stadium.

Campbell (8-3) went into the bottom of the eighth trailing Army (4-4) 5-2 in Saturday's CU Classic nightcap. Will Albertson led off the inning with a walk, and after the next two Camel batters were retired, Austin Beard walked to give CU two on.

Matt Nadolski's single up the middle plated Albertson from second to make it 5-3 Army.

LaRue, pinch hitting, hammered Julian Larimer's 3-1 offering deep to left to give Campbell the 6-5 edge. The homer was Campbell's first of the season and LaRue's first as a Camel.

Ryan Thompson struck out the side in the ninth to seal the CU win and earn his first save of the year.

Coley Thompkins (1-0) picked up the win, allowing a run on two hits with a strikeout in relief of Campbell starter Ryan Koopman, who pitched six frames with four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and four walks.

Larimer (0-2) was charged with the loss, allowing LaRue's home run and striking out one. Army starter Nick Dignacco tossed seven innings with three runs on seven hits, four strikeouts and a walk. Carson Meadows surrenders two runs with a hit, a strikeout and a walk.

Albertson, a sophomore catcher, scored twice while knocking in one on a double in the first. Elijah Trail also drove in a run in the Camels' two-run first, knotting the game at 2-all after a pair of RBI infield hits from Army's Patrick Mescher and Alex Jensen in the top of the inning. Trail went 2-for-4 on the day for CU.

The game stood knotted at 2-2 until Jon Crucitti's two-run triple in the top of the sixth. Army added another to make it 5-2 when Alex Jensen doubled down the leftfield line to record his second hit and RBI of the game.

Danny Pardo also picked up a double and scored a run for Campbell in the win.

Army will take on Albany to begin the final day of Campbell Classic play tomorrow at noon. Campbell and Towson will follow. Towson defeated Albany 8-2 in the early game on Saturday.