Camels Head to Duke Wednesday
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Off to a 6-1 start, Campbell travels to Duke on Wednesday, taking on the Blue Devils at 3:00 p.m. at Jack Coombs Field.
The Camels went 5-0 in their first full week of the 2013 season, including a 6-4 win at East Carolina on Tuesday and a four-game sweep of visiting Hartford, to improve to 6-1 overall. Campbell gathered 52 total runs in last week's games while holding a 1.88 team ERA.
Campbell's win at ECU was the program's first over the Pirates since 2010. The team then outscored Hartford 46-7 in four games. 15 different Camels recorded hits during the undefeated week.
Senior infielder Nick Ray leads the Camels with a .417 average in the early going, adding eight RBI, six runs scored with three doubles. Junior infielder Elijah Trail owns a team-high 10 RBI with a home run, four doubles and nine runs scored with a .375 average.
Ryan Mattes, a senior from Virginia Beach, N.C., leads the Campbell pitching staff with a 2-0 record, a 2.40 ERA and 13 strikeouts. Matt Marksberry owns a 1.64 ERA with a 1-0 record, while junior right hander Ryan Thompson owns a 1.50 ERA with two saves.
The Blue Devils are 4-2 on the season after a weekend sweep of Bucknell in Durham and travel to North Carolina A&T on Tuesday. In three games against the Bison, Duke surrendered just nine hits and five walks while recording 37 strikeouts.
Mike Rosenfeld is hitting a team-high .350 for the Blue Devils, posting four doubles, four runs scored and two RBI. Jordan Betts has collected a team-best five RBI while hitting .273. Trent Swart leads the Duke pitching staff at 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA.
The Blue Devils lead the all-time series with the Camels 18-10, but Campbell has claimed two of the last three, including last year's meeting in Durham, 10-4. The Camels were 10-5 against in-state competition last season and have won 43 games against North Carolina-based competition since 2008.
After the midweek test at Duke, Campbell returns home to Jim Perry Stadium for a three-game series with Lafayette, beginning with a 3 p.m. tilt Friday. The series will close with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.