April 6, 2014

Camels sweep PC with 4-1 win Sunday

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Steven Leonard and Seth LaRue picked up two hits with a RBI and a run each to lead Campbell to a 4-1 win Sunday against Presbyterian and a sweep of the Big South series.

Campbell took game one of the series 4-0 behind Heath Bowers' complete game shutout, and defeated the Blue Hose 10-1 Saturday with Leonard going 4-for-4 with four RBI and Hector Cedano allowing just three hits in seven innings at Jim Perry Stadium.

Campbell improved to 22-11 overall and 8-4 in Big South games with the weekend sweep, while PC dipped to 10-21-1 on the year and 3-9 in conference play. The three-game sweep was Campbell's third of the season, and second in Big South play.

Campbell got on the board in the first for the second straight day with Elijah Trail's double with one out, bringing Leonard around from second.

The Blue Hose knotted it up in the top of the fourth on Cam McRae's infield RBI single, scoring Brad Zebedis, who led off the frame with a base hit.

The Camels answered right back in the bottom half of the inning with Seth LaRue scoring on Will Albertson's squeeze bunt, making it 2-1 Camels.

Leonard and LaRue registered RBI doubles in the fifth and eighth, respectively, to give the game its final score.

Ryan Koopman (4-1) earned the win on the mound with his fourth quality start of the season, going six innings with a run on four hits, two strikeouts and three walks.

Ryan Thompson, who entered the game with no one out and two on in the seventh, cruised to his eighth save of the season, allowing a single hit, that coming with two out in the ninth. The senior righty also fanned one, and extended his scoreless streak to 24 1/3 innings.

The righty, who tied the single season saves record with 10 as a junior in 2013, now has 18 in two seasons with the Camels, tying Kenny Milton (1986-89) for second on the all-time CU list. J.T Thomas (1995-98) leads the career saves charts with 19.

John Reilly tallied another hit in Sunday's contest, and has hit safely in 12 of 13 games. Danny Pardo also went 1-for-4 with a run scored in the CU win.

Aaron Lesiak (0-3) was charged with the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks in 5 2/3. Paul Sanders surrendered a run in 1 1/3 innings, while Ethan Wortkoetter retired three of the four Camels he faced, allowing one hit.

The Camels head to UNC Wilmington next 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.