Camels top Coastal in wild Big South elimination game 15-11
ROCK HILL, S.C. – No. 3 Campbell pounded out 15 runs on 17 hits and outlasted No. 6 Coastal Carolina in a wild 15-11 elimination game Friday in Big South Championship action at the Winthrop Ballpark.
Campbell moves to 37-19 on the season, advancing to play No. 4 High Point at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning for the right to go to the Big South Championship game. The Panthers are 2-0 so far in the tournament, defeating No. 5 Radford 3-2 and No. 1 Liberty 9-0.
With a win, Campbell would again play HPU in the double elimination format championship on Saturday.
Coastal Carolina finishes the season 24-33 overall.
Campbell's top seven in the order combined for all 17 of the team's hits, with Steven Leonard going 4-for-6 with three runs scored. All seven Camels tallied at least two hits.
Seth LaRue added a 3-for-4 effort with five RBI, two doubles and two runs scored.
Elijah Trail went 2-for-5 with three RBI, two runs scored, including his second home run of the tournament. Matt Parrish scored three times, going 2-for-5 with a RBI. Matt Nadolski and Will Albertson also picked up two hits with two runs in the win.
Coastal committed six errors in the game, allowing five additional Campbell runs to score across the second, third and sixth innings.
The game also featured a weather delay of more than two hours, suspending the game with two outs in the top of the seventh.
Ryan Koopman (8-1) picked up the win, going six innings with seven runs, six earned, on nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Bobby Thorson allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits in 2/3 of an inning in relief.
Ryan Thompson recorded his 16th save, pitching 2 1/3 with one unearned run on three hits, striking out two.
Coastal starter Cole Schaefer (3-5) was charged with the loss, exiting the game with one out in the first after allowing three runs on four hits and walking one.
Chase Adkins surrendered eight runs, three earned, on seven hits in five innings of relief, also tallying a strikeout. Mike Morrison and Brock Hunter combined to allow four runs, while Zac Burke pitched 1 1/3 with a hit and a strikeout.
Campbell scored four runs over the first two innings, stealing four bases in the first, before Coastal posted two in the third.
The Camels added three more in the third on just one hit, capitalizing on four Chanticleer errors to make it 7-2.
Coastal clawed back for three runs in the fourth on Tyler Chadwick and Reid Moman RBI hits.
In the bottom of the sixth, Campbell exploded for five runs, loading the bases before Seth LaRue's two-run double. Trail followed with his second homer in two days, a deep blast to left to make it 12-5.
Coastal continued to threaten in the seventh. Despite a two hour, 11 minute weather delay, the Chanticleers brought the game within a run at 12-11 with six runs on six hits, including a two-run double from Connor Owings.
The Camels fought back one more time in the bottom half of the frame, with Matt Parrish's single off the pitcher scoring Leonard, and LaRue coming through with his second double of the night, plating two more runs to put Campbell on top 15-11.
Campbell's 15 runs marked a season high.
Hector Cedano went 8 2/3 while five Camels posted two hit days to lead No. 3 Campbell to a 6-2 win over No. 7 Charleston Southern Thursday, eliminating the Buccaneers from tournament play. Campbell fell to No. 6 Coastal Carolina 9-2 on Tuesday in the tournament opener for both teams.
The 2014 Big South Baseball Championship continues tomorrow with at least two games, with the winner-take-all championship game Sunday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m.