Baseball blanks Ball State 4-0

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Ryan Koopman pitched seven scoreless innings to lead Campbell in its first shutout of the season, topping Ball State 4-0 Tuesday at Jim Perry Stadium.

Campbell moved to 12-5 on the year with the win, while Ball State dipped to 10-6.

Koopman, a senior right-handed pitcher from Tipp City, Ohio, scattered six hits over his seven scoreless frames, striking out two and walking one in his second start and eighth appearance of the season, improving to 2-0.

The Camels posted a school record six shutouts in 2013.

Ryan Thompson pitched the game's final two innings, striking out one and allowing a pair of base hits.

Campbell picked up its first run in the bottom of the second, with Elijah Trail's RBI groundout scoring Will Albertson, who reached with a one-out single. The Camels added another run in the fifth on Steven Leonard's sacrifice fly.

In the sixth, John Reilly and Danny Pardo reached to lead off the inning and moved to second and third on Kyle Prats' sacrifice bunt. After Reilly scored on wild pitch during Kyle Leady walk, Matt Nadolski's single up the middle plated another to make it 4-0 CU.

Ball State starter Zach Plesac (4-1) was charged with his first loss of the season, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits with three strikeouts and a walk in five innings. Nestor Bautista allowed two runs on a hit in 1/3 of an inning.

Tyler Jordan and Kyle Raleigh combined for a scoreless 2 2/3 innings for the Cardinals.

Sean Kennedy paced Ball State with a 2-for-3 night at the plate.

Campbell finishes out the midweek series with Ball State in a 4 p.m. game tomorrow. The Camels open Big South play Friday at Liberty.