Baseball comes back to top Appalachian State 8-4

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Campbell rallied for five runs in the top of the eighth to defeat Appalachian State 8-4 in come from behind fashion Wednesday night at BB&T Ballpark.

Campbell (10-3) trailed 4-0 after the first, when the Mountaineers (1-11) capitalized on two Campbell errors, plating four runs.

After Elijah Trail led off the second with a single, Matt Nadolski brought him around with a line drive single to center to put the Camels on the board.

Danny Pardo then led off the third with a home run down line in right, the first of the freshman's career, to make it 4-2 App. State.

Campbell continued to claw back in the fifth, with Kyle Leady's RBI single scoring Pardo.

After stranding two on base in both the sixth and seventh, Nadolski led off the Campbell eighth with a double, and scored on an App. State error, tying the game at 4-all.

With the bases loaded and just one out, Steven Leonard's triple gave the Camels the lead for the first time on the night, scoring Aaron Vogt, Sam Rector and Pardo. Leady's sacrifice fly made it 8-4 Campbell heading into the ninth.

Ryan Thompson, who entered the game in the seventh for Campbell, retired three-straight to secure the win for the Camels.

Thompson earned the win, moving to 2-0 with five strikeouts in three innings of work, allowing just three hits. Ryan Koopman pitched four scoreless innings in relief, striking out two with three hits.

CU starter Andrew Witczak allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks in two frames.

Taylor Thurber (0-2) was charged with the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, on a hit with four strikeouts and a walk. Robert Whaley allowed a run on a hit, while starter Sean Mason scattered three runs on five hits with five punchouts and a walk.

Nadolski paced Campbell at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, a RBI and a run. Leonard knocked in three and Leady plated two in the win. Pardo also registered a 1-for-2 night with three runs scored and a RBI.

Dillon Dobson led Appalachian State, going 4-for-5 with a run. Matt Brill drove in one in the loss, going 2-for-4.

Campbell also defeated the Mountaineers in last season's neutral site contest, topping App. State 11-6 in Thomasville, N.C.

The Camels return home for the weekend, hosting William & Mary in a three-game set, Friday through Sunday at Jim Perry Stadium. CU will welcome Ball State March 18-19.