April 11, 2014

Bowers fans 13 in 7-1 win over Asheville

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Heath Bowers struck out a career-high 13 to lead Campbell in a 7-1 win over UNC Asheville Friday night at Jim Perry Stadium.

Campbell moved to 23-12 overall and 9-4 in Big South games with the win, while Asheville dips to 11-24 on the year and 4-9 in conference play.

A week after going the distance in a 4-0 shutout win over Presbyterian, Bowers (6-1), a junior from Lillington, N.C., recorded a career-best 13 punchouts in his sixth win of the season. He allowed just four hits in eight innings, surrendering his lone run and walk in the eighth.

The run in the eighth snapped a streak of 17 1/3 scoreless frames for Bowers.

Bowers' 13 strikeouts are one shy of the Campbell single game record, done three times, and the most since Matt Marksberry fanned 13 in a win last season over North Carolina Central.

Coley Thompkins pitched the ninth for CU, striking out two more in a 1-2-3 frame, pushing the team's total to 15 in the game. The mark is the most in a conference game since Campbell struck out 15 against Mercer in 2011.

Ethan Steible (0-4) took the loss for Asheville, allowing seven runs, six earned, on six hits with a strikeout. Adam Spracklin pitched 2 2/3, walking three and striking out two in relief.

Seven different Camels knocked in the team's seven runs in the win, with Elijah Trail and Seth LaRue plating runs in the first.

Campbell added tallies in the third and fourth on a Matt Nadolski RBI groundout and a Will Albertson sacrifice fly to make it 4-0 Camels.

In the sixth, CU added three more runs, with the first coming on Matt Parrish's RBI double. John Reilly added another on a sacrifice fly, and Steven Leonard drew a bases-loaded walk to score Sam Rector for the team's seventh run.

Robert McIntosh drove in the Bulldogs' only run on the night in the top of the eighth with two outs, singling to left to bring home Kyle Towles.

LaRue went 2-for-4 for the Camels with a RBI and a run, while Parrish scored twice, adding a hit.

The Camels and Bulldogs will continue the three-game series Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

After the weekend series, the Camels will head on the road for their next six outings, including a three-game set at Radford April 17-19. Campbell will also travel to North Carolina A&T (April 15), North Carolina State (April 22) and Virginia Tech (April 23).