ROCK HILL, S.C. – Heath Bowers held the Panthers scoreless through six and Seth LaRue knocked in two runs to lead No. 3 Campbell to a 3-1 win over No. 4 High Point, forcing an elimination game Saturday in Big South Championship play at the Winthrop Ballpark.
The two will square off again at 5 p.m. this afternoon for the right to go to the 2014 Big South Championship game.
Campbell improved to 38-19 on the season, while High Point dips to 33-21, taking its first loss of the tournament.
Bowers (10-3) recorded his 10th win of the season, becoming just the third Campbell hurler to double digit wins in a single season. With eight strikeouts on the day, the junior reached 100 this year, becoming the second Camel to ever hit that mark.
Bowers pitched 6 1/3, allowing a run on seven hits with eight punchouts and a walk.
Ryan Thompson entered the game with one out in the top of the seventh, recording his 17th save of the year.
HPU starter Jon Carlson (2-3) took the loss, allowing a run on five hits with two walks and a strikeout.
Conor Lourey surrendered a pair of Campbell scores in relief on two hits with two strikeouts and a walk. Mike Krumm pitched a perfect three frames, striking out one.
After leaving five on in the first four innings, Brooks Borders sparked the fifth with a bunt single to lead it off. Two batters later, John Reilly was hit by a pitch, and Matt Nadolski singled to load the bases with one out.
A passed ball scored Borders from third, and Seth LaRue smacked a single to left-center to put the Camels up 3-0.
High Point scraped across a run in the seventh to make it 3-1, with Josh Spano knocking in Chris Clare. A groundout to first ended the inning, with the Panthers leaving two more stranded, pushing their total to 10 for the game.
Dan McDermott's double was all for HPU in the ninth, leaving 11 men on for the game.
The Panthers loaded the bases in the first with two out, but Bowers picked up his first punchout of the game to escape the inning.
Nadolski finished 2-for-4 on the day for the Camels, also scoring a run, while LaRue picked up his sixth and seventh RBI of the tournament on his fifth hit.
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.