ROCK HILL, S.C. – With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Elijah Trail singled to center, scoring the winning run and sending 3rd-seeded Campbell to the Big South Championship game.
The RBI single broke a 1-1 tie, defeating No. 4 High Point for the second time on Saturday in the Big South Tournament at the Winthrop Ballpark. The Camels defeated the Panthers 3-1 in game one of the day, forcing the seven-inning afternoon elimination contest.
Campbell improved to 39-19 on the season, making it to the Big South Championship game for the second-straight season, while High Point finishes its year 33-22.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Matt Parrish singled to right to put the winning run on. Will Albertson then reached on an error, with Drew Butler, pinch running for Parrish, going from first to third. A wild pitch moved Albertson up, and Seth LaRue reached on a strikeout wild pitch, loading the bases.
Elijah Trail lined an 0-1 pitch into center, driving in the winning score.
Ryan Thompson (6-2) earned the win, going 2 2/3 with just a hit against him.
Coley Thompkins went 4 1/3 innings in his first career start, allowing a run on seven hits with a walk.
John Maloney (3-4) took the loss, giving up a run on a hit with two strikeouts in an inning. Conor Lourey allowed a hit to his only batter.
HPU starter John McGillicuddy went 5 1/3 with a run on four hits with two strikeouts.
Campbell made it 1-0 in the first after Steven Leonard singled to lead off the bottom of the frame. After moving to second on John Reilly's sacrifice, Matt Nadolski drove him home with a single to left-center.
HPU knotted it up in the third with Josh Spano driving in Brady Williamson, who reached on a two-out double.
Trail went 2-for-3 in the win, while Leonard went 1-for-3 and scored a run to pace the Camels at the plate.
Spencer Angelis went 2-for-2 and Josh Greene tallied a 2-for-3 day for the Panthers.
Campbell took a wild 15-11 win to advance Friday vs. No. 6 Coastal Carolina, pounding out 17 hits. On Thursday, Hector Cedano went 8 2/3 while five Camels posted two hit days to lead the Camels to a 6-2 win over No. 7 Charleston Southern, eliminating the Buccaneers from tournament play. Campbell fell to Coastal 9-2 on Tuesday in the tournament opener for both teams.
The Big South Championship game is slated for Sunday at 2 p.m.