Camels hold on, even series at Radford
RADFORD, VA. – Campbell survived a bottom of the ninth Radford rally and evened the Big South series with a 5-4 win Friday night.
With the win, Campbell improved to 26-13 overall and 12-5 in Big South games, while Radford falls to 19-17 on the season and 9-8 in conference play.
Trailing 5-2 headed into the bottom of the ninth, Radford loaded the bases on a CU error, a walk and a base hit with no one out. A hit by pitch plated the first RU run before Ryan Koopman struck out Blake Sipe for the first out of the inning.
Radford pinch hitter Danny Hrbek then took another hit by pitch to force in another run, cutting the Camels' lead to 5-4.
Koopman followed with another pair of punchouts to end the game and secure the Campbell win.
Koopman picked up the save, his second of the season.
Campbell starter Hector Cedano (5-0) earned the win, pitching into the ninth with four runs, two earned, on four hits, five strikeouts and two walks on a career-high 124 pitches. The senior left-hander faced the minimum in four innings and induced three double plays in the win.
Tyler Costello (2-2) was charged with the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and a walk in 6 1/3.
Kyle Zurak fanned three in 2 1/3, giving up just one hit. James Woods struck out his only batter.
Campbell struck early in the contest, pushing five across in its first two turns at the dish.
After Danny Pardo led off the game with a base hit, Matt Nadolski drove him home with a RBI single through the right side. Nadolski then came around on Matt Parrish's double to the wall in left to make it 2-0 Camels after their first turn.
A two-out rally, starting with a four-pitch walk to Pardo. Steven Leonard followed with an infield hit, putting runners on the corners. Matt Nadolski drilled his first pitch deep over the right field wall for his third home run of the season, a three-run shot, to make it 5-0 Camels.
Radford got on the board in the second aided by two wild pitches, one that scored Hunter Higgerson, who led off the frame with a double.
The Highlanders added another in the fifth on Josh Gardiner's two-out double, that coming after a passed ball on a strikeout allowed Brad Keen to reach.
Pardo was a home run shy of the cycle, going 3-fo-4 with two runs and a walk. The freshman singled in his first at-bat, then tripled in the fourth and doubled in the seventh.
Nadolski drove in four on a 2-for-4 night, also scoring twice. Matt Parrish also went 2-for-4, doubling for the second straight game.
Radford took the series opener Thursday, combining for nine runs in the fifth and sixth to defeat visiting Campbell 10-3.
The series finale will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday at RU Baseball Stadium.
The Camels will stay on the road for their next two games as well, heading to North Carolina State on Tuesday, April 22, and Virginia Tech Wednesday, April 23.