March 30, 2014

Camels split twinbill with High Point

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Matt Nadolski homered and Matt Parrish drove in three to help Campbell salvage a split in the nightcap of a doubleheader with High Point Sunday at Jim Perry Stadium. HPU took Sunday's opener 8-6 before the Camels posted an 8-5 game two Big South win in the rain-delayed series.

The Camels and the Panthers will conclude their series tomorrow at 3 p.m.

Campbell moved to 19-8 overall and 5-3 in Big South games with the split, while High Point went to 13-12 on the year and 3-5 in conference play.

In game two, Campbell jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third, adding three runs on RBI hits from Parrish, who drove in two with a single in the first, Brown and Reilly, who gathered singles in his first three plate appearances of the contest.

After the Panthers scratched across a run in the fourth, the Camels made it 7-1 with Matt Nadolski's towering two-run home run over the scoreboard in right, his second round-tripper of the season.

HPU rallied for two runs in the sixth on Cody Manzella's two-run single up the middle, and added single tallies in the seventh and eighth to make it 7-5.

After the Camels added another run in the bottom of the eighth, the Panthers put runners on the corners with two outs. Ryan Thompson then entered the game for CU and struck out his only batter to end the game.

The save was Thompson's seventh of the season.

Coley Thompkins (2-0) earned the win, going 3 1/3 with three runs on seven hits, a strikeout and a walk. CU starter Hector Cedano went three innings with a run, three strikeouts and seven walks, but did not allow a hit.

Ryan Koopman bridged the gap, surrendering a run on three hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

Mike Krumm (3-4) took the loss for HPU, allowing five runs on six hits with four walks and a strikeout. Jon Carlson allowed a pair of runs on two hits, while Sean Barry allowed one on a hit with five punchouts in three innings.

Parrish led CU at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI. Steven Leonard also went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, while Reilly gathered a 3-for-4 night and Elijah Trail scored twice.

Kyle Brandenburg and Spencer Angelis each recorded two hits for High Point.

In the opener, Campbell took a 3-2 lead in the fourth pm RBI from Trail and Will Albertson. The Camels made it 6-3 an inning later with Nadolski's two-run single before Danny Pardo stole home.

In the top of the six, however, the Panthers scored five to take an 8-6 lead, rallying with RBI hits from Kyle Brandenburg, Josh Greene, Spencer Angelis and capped off by Manzella's two-run single to center.

Conor Lourey (2-0) picked up the win in relief for HPU, going 4 2/3 scoreless with six hits, four strikeouts and a walk. Starter John McGillicuddy lasted 4 1/3, scattering six runs, five earned, on seven hits with two walks.

Bobby Thorson was charged with the loss, allowing three runs on three hits. Heath Bowers, Campbell's starter, allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits with three strikeouts and five walks.

Thompson, before picking up the save in game two, tossed four scoreless with three hits, three strikeouts and two walks, one intentional.

Campbell will host nationally-ranked North Carolina State on Tuesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. in a makeup date, originally scheduled for March 25. CU heads to Elon Wednesday and returns to Jim Perry Stadium to host Presbyterian on ESPN3 Friday at 7 p.m.