Camels edge VMI 7-6 in extras, sweep series
LEXINGTON, VA. – Will Albertson knocked in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th, and Campbell held on for a 7-6 Mother's Day win Sunday at VMI, completing the Big South series sweep.
Campbell improves to 34-16 overall and 17-7 in Big South play with the win, sweeping its fourth conference series of the season. VMI dipped to 22-22 on the season and 9-15 in league games.
Matt Nadolski led off extras with a single to right-center, his fourth hit of the game. After stealing second, the senior moved to third on Seth LaRue's sacrifice. Albertson then lifted one to center, allowing Nadolski to score and putting the Camels on top 7-6.
Two Keydets reached in the bottom of the 10th on an error and a walk with two outs, but Ryan Thompson spotted a strikeout to end the game.
Thompson (5-2) picked up the win for Campbell, surrendering two runs, one earned, on three hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
CU starter Ryan Koopman allowed four runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Bobby Thorson, meanwhile, pitched two innings, allowing just one hit. The junior struck out four of the first five batters he faced in relief.
Campbell Henkel (2-3) was charged with the loss, allowing the Camels' 10th inning run.
Andrew Woods pitched nine innings with a no decision, allowing six runs, three earned, on 11 hits with seven strikeouts. Taylor Edens pitched the final three outs for VMI, retiring the Camels in order.
Nadolski finished a triple shy of the cycle, recording a homer, a double and two singles in the win. The centerfielder also scored three times and drove in two.
Albertson picked up three hits for the Camels, knocking in two and scoring a run.
With two outs in the first, Nadolski sent Andrew Woods' 2-0 offering over the wall in center for his fifth home run of the season, giving Campbell the early 1-0 lead.
Albertson then singled in another run on his third hit of the afternoon. Nadolski also came around on the play, advancing on a VMI error to make it 6-1 Camels.
VMI answered with three in the bottom of the inning, with the first coming off a Jordan Tarsovich base hit. Matt Winn added a two-run single, bringing the Keydets within two at 6-4.
Two Campbell errors in the eighth allowed another VMI run to score.
In the bottom of the ninth, Tarsovich singled for the third straight at-bat, knocking in the tying run.
Tarsovich went 3-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored, while Eric Mayers posted four hits with a run scored and one driven in. Winn added another two hits for the Keydets.
Campbell clinched the series Saturday with a come from behind 3-2 win. Held to one hit through eight innings, the Camels rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to top VMI. CU took Friday night's opener 6-2 behind nine strikeouts from Heath Bowers and two RBI from Steven Leonard.
The Camels return to Buies Creek for their final home contest on Tuesday, May 13, hosting UNC Wilmington. Campbell finishes out the regular season next weekend at Coastal Carolina.