BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Heath Bowers pitched six shutout innings and No. 29 Campbell held on to edge Rider 4-3 Wednesday night at Jim Perry Stadium.
Campbell, sweeping the two-game midweek set with the Broncs, improved to 18-3 on the season. Rider dips to 8-8 with the loss.
Bowers, a sophomore from Lillington, N.C., allowed just two hits in six frames with five strikeouts and one walk, improving to 4-0 on the season. The righthander faced one over the minimum in the win, benefitting from two double plays.
After scattering two hits over the next four innings, Brown led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to right. After a Rider error allowed John Reilly to reach, Ben McQuown's sacrifice fly scored Brown, giving the Camels a 2-0 lead. Reilly then scored on another Rider error, putting CU ahead 3-0.
Brown's double in the eighth scored another run for the Camels, who carried a 4-0 advantage into the ninth.
The Broncs rallied with one away in the top of the ninth, posting three-straight base hits to load the bases. Rider picked up its first tally on a Justin Thomas groundout, scoring Ian Lindsay. Justin Mulderig followed with a single up the middle, scoring two more before a fly out ended the Broncs' comeback effort.
Campbell reliever Ryan Thompson surrendered three runs on four hits in the inning, ending a 20 inning stretch for the Turner, Ore. native without allowing a run.
David Olson bridged the gap for Campbell, going two innings with a hit.
Rider starter Jerry Mulderig (1-1) was charged with the loss, allowing a run on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Sean Kuberiet surrendered two runs, both unearned in an inning, while Zach Mawson gave up a run, one hit, with a walk and a strikeout. Chris Taylor and Eric Thomas also pitched scoreless frames for the Broncs.
Brown, a Seattle, Wash. native, went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored to lead the Camels, while Brent Graham and Trevor Lane each posted two hits apiece.
Eric Strano and Adam Wayman both went 2-for-4 for the Broncs, with Lindsay and Mulderig collecing a hit each.
The Camels return to Big South play this weekend, heading to UNC Asheville for a three game set starting Friday, March 22 at 3 p.m.