Baseball takes series with 7-3 win at Longwood; gives Goff 200th Campbell victory
FARMVILLE, VA. – Kyle Leady knocked in three runs to fuel Campbell in a 7-3 win Saturday at Longwood, claiming the Big South series and giving head coach Greg Goff his 200th CU win.
Campbell moved to 17-7 overall with its fourth win in a row, and 3-2 in Big South games, while Longwood dropped to 12-12 on the year and 2-3 in conference games.
Goff becomes the second Campbell skipper to 200 wins in the Orange and Black after Chip Smith posted 267 victories in 11 seasons from 1996-2006. Goff, in his seventh season in Buies Creek and 11th season as a college head coach after four seasons at NCAA Division II Montevallo, is now 353-244 overall.
Leady, a junior from Seattle, Wash., plated runs in the third, fifth and ninth in the win, going 1-for-4 on the day with a double and a sacrifice fly.
Bobby Thorson (2-3) picked up the win in relief, going 2 1/3 with two runs on three hits with a strikeout, retiring the first seven batters he faced. Campbell starter Hector Cedano pitched 4 2/3 with a run on six hits, four strikeouts and four walks.
Ryan Thompson closed the door with his fifth save, pitched two frames with a hit and a strikeout.
Brandon Vick (2-2) went the distance in the loss for Longwood, allowing seven runs, four earned, on 10 hits with three punchouts and two walks.
Campbell tacked on a run in the third on Leady's sacrifice fly, plating Reilly after the senior and freshman Danny Pardo led off the top of the third with back to back base hits.
Scott Burkett's two-out RBI single put the Lancers on the board in the third, cutting the score to 2-1.
After Rector led off the Campbell fifth with an infield hit, he scored on a Lancer error. Leady's double to right-center allowed Steven Leonard to score all the way from first to make it 4-1 Camels.
Matt Parrish's RBI single make it 5-1 in the eighth, driving the first pitch he saw through the right side with two away.
Longwood threatened in the bottom half of the inning, loading the bases with none out and scoring two on back to back RBI fielder's choices made it 5-3.
Campbell answered in the top of the ninth with a pair of runs to make it 7-3. Leady drove in his third run of the day with a RBI groundout in the ninth, scoring Rector, who reached on a leadoff single. After the Camels loaded the bases, Pardo tacked on CU's seventh run, scoring on a wild pitch.
Matt Dickason went 3-for-4 for the Lancers, also scoring a run, while Scott Burkett went 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored.
Campbell took a 4-1 win in 10 innings in Friday's series opener.
The series continues with the finale tomorrow at 1 p.m. 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.