March 21, 2014

Camels edge Longwood in 10 innings 4-1

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FARMVILLE, VA. – Campbell posted three runs in the top of the 10th to top Longwood 4-1 Friday in the Big South series opener at Baldwin Stadium.

After John Reilly singled with one out in the top half of the 10th inning, Danny Pardo followed with another base hit and a Lancer error loaded the bases for Campbell. A wild pitch allowed Reilly, the senior from Great Falls, Mont., to score from third and give CU a 2-1 advantage.

Two batters later after Matt Nadolski was intentionally walked to load the bases, Elijah Trail lined his second hit of the game to right, driving in two to give Campbell a 4-1 lead.

The tying run came to the plate for Longwood in the bottom of the 10th, but Ryan Thompson induced the groundout to end the game and take the series opener for his fourth win.

Campbell moved to 16-7 with its third win in a row and evened its Big South record to 2-2. Longwood dipped to 12-11 overall and 2-2 in conference play with the loss.

Thompson (4-0) pitched three scoreless innings with two hits, a strikeout and two walks to help Campbell win its second consecutive Big South game in extra innings. The senior also pitched five frames in the Camels' 6-5 13 inning win at Liberty last Saturday.

Travis Burnette (1-2) took the loss, allowing three runs, one earned, on three hits with a walk.

Longwood's Aaron Myers carried a no-hit bid through 8 1/3 when Trail's single fell into shallow right-center. Myers allowed a run on a lone hit with 10 strikeouts and three walks in nine innings, retiring 13 in a row from the second to the fifth.

Campbell starter Heath Bowers worked seven frames in the no decision, allowing a run on five hits with five strikeouts and four walks.

CU manufactured a run in the first with Danny Pardo and Steven Leonard both reaching via the walk to lead off the game. After a fielder's choice, Pardo scored on Kyle Leady's steal to give CU the early 1-0 lead.

Scott Burkett's solo home run in the fourth tied the game at 1-1.

Trail paced the Camels at the plate with a pair of hits and two RBI, while Reilly scored two runs.

Burkett went 3-for-4 for Longwood with the homer, adding a double.

The series continues tomorrow at 4 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. start Sunday. The Camels return home on Tuesday, March 25, hosting North Carolina State at 6 p.m. at Jim Perry Stadium. CU makes its Big South home debut on March 28 against High Point.