April 30, 2014

Camels top NC A&T 4-1, Thompson picks up record 11th save

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Matt Parrish knocked in three and Ryan Thompson closed out his school record 11th save of the season to lead Campbell past visiting North Carolina A&T Wednesday at Jim Perry Stadium.

Campbell, who came off a week-long break from action for exams, improved to 29-14 on the season, while NC A&T dipped to 15-30 overall.

Thompson, already the Campbell career saves leader (21), broke his own single-season mark of 10 saves, shared with Ryan Mattes' 2012 total. Thompson also recorded 10 saves in 2013.

The senior finished the final two innings Wednesday, striking out two and allowing just an infield hit.

Parrish, a sophomore, put Campbell ahead 2-0 in the fifth with a sacrifice fly, scoring Steven Leonard.

The Angier, N.C. native then doubled to the right-center gap with one out in the seventh, plating two more to put the Camels up 4-1. The designated hitter finished the night 1-for-3 with his third three-RBI game of the season.

Matt Nadolski, who went 2-for-2 in the win, also pushed across a run, putting Campbell on the board in the third with a sacrifice fly.

Freshman outfielder Danny Pardo extended his season-best hit streak to nine games, going 1-for-3 and scoring twice in the win.

Ryan Koopman (6-1) was credited with the win, working four innings with three hits, two walks and a strikeout.

Bobby Thorson allowed a run on four hits in relief, fanning one and allowing a walk. John Allen struck out the only batter he faced in the seventh.

Cameron Jergens (0-1) took the loss for the Aggies, surrendering a run with three walks and a strikeout without allowing a hit in two innings of relief. Starter Luke Tendler allowed a hit with a strikeout in his only inning of work.

Dylan Hipp knocked in the Aggies' only run of the night with a two-out single to center, scoring Kyle Clary.

Hipp went 2-for-5, while Clary also picked up two hits. Ryan Hill went 3-for-4 for the Aggies.

The Camels will host Gardner-Webb Friday, May 2 at 6 p.m. live on ESPNU. The game will be Campbell's home national broadcast debut. The contest kicks off a three game Big South series with the Runnin' Bulldogs. Campbell will head to North Carolina on Tuesday, May 13.