Camels top PC 10-1 to take series
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Steven Leonard went 4-for-4 with four RBI while Hector Cedano allowed just three hits to lead Campbell to a 10-1 win over visiting Presbyterian Saturday and win the Big South series.
The Camels and the Blue Hose will conclude their series Sunday at 2 p.m. at Jim Perry Stadium.
Eight of nine Camels in the lineup picked up a hit and seven scored for Campbell (21-11, 7-4 Big South) in the win over PC (10-20-1, 3-8 Big South), sending the Blue Hose to their 11th consecutive loss.
Hector Cedano (3-0) was perfect through 3 2/3 until Brad Zebedis' two out bloop single to center. PC put a runner on second for the first time in the seventh when Zebedis advanced on a wild pitch, and later scored on a Weston Jackson sacrifice fly.
Cedano went seven frames in the win, allowing a single run on three hits with a walk.
Leonard posted his first four-hit game of the season, while Matt Nadolski, Sam Rector and John Reilly each collected two hits each. Reilly, a senior from Great Falls, Mont., has now hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games.
The Camels put up a pair in the first, getting on the board with Nadolski's RBI double to center to score Steven Leonard. CU added another on Matt Parrish's RBI groundout to make it 2-0 Camels.
Campbell loaded the bases with one away in the second when Leonard singled to center to put CU ahead 3-0. Leonard then capped off a four-run third inning with a two-run double off the wall in left to make it 7-0 Camels.
Leonard, a redshirt-sophomore from Monument, Colo., belted his fourth hit and drove in his fourth run in the bottom of the fifth, part of another two-run frame.
Seth LaRue knocked in Campbell's final run in the eighth to make it 10-1.
Hayden Deal (0-2) took the loss for Presbyterian, allowing three runs on six hits in 1 2/3. Billy Motroni surrendered four unearned runs on two hits with two strikeouts and three walks in an inning's work, while Ethan Wortkoetter was charged with two runs on five hits.
Saturday's game was part of Campbell's Camels for a Cure event to raise funds benefitting the Harnett Health Foundation in support of breast cancer awareness.
After Sunday's finale, the Camels head to UNC Wilmington on Tuesday, April 8, taking on the Seahawks at 6 p.m. Campbell returns home on April 11, hosting UNC Asheville in a three-game Big South series.