Camels Fall at NC Central 5-1
DURHAM, N.C. – Troy Marrow knocked in a pair of runs and the North Carolina Central bullpen limited visiting Campbell to one hit in four innings to defeat the Camels 5-1 Tuesday night at the Durham Athletic Park.
NCCU improved to 23-17 on the season, while Campbell, who came into the night with an eight-game road winning streak, fell to 31-8. The streak was the third-longest in the nation heading into Tuesday's contest.
Eagle starter Ruben Rios turned the game over to the bullpen after allowing a run on five hits in five innings of work. Andrew Vernon and Jacob Russell, tossed the final four innings, allowing just two baserunners on a double and a walk in the seventh.
Rios struck out three and walked two while improving to 3-0 on the season.
Marrow went 3-for-4 to pace the Eagles, driving in two, including a two-out RBI single in the first, the second of two NCCU runs in the first. Marrow also drove in a run in the seventh on a single and scored in the sixth after reaching on a double.
The NCCU rally in the first started with a two-out walk before Ronald Thompson and Marrow knocked in runs.
Back to back two out hits in the bottom of the sixth, though, including a RBI single from Spencer Franceschetti, made it 3-1 NCCU. Marrow's second RBI hit and a wild pitch that scored Robert Hyatt gave the Eagles a 5-1 lead.
Paul Eyster was saddled with the loss, falling to 1-2 on the season after allowing two runs on three hits with a walk in two innings. Trevor Lane surrendered three runs on three hits with four punchouts and four walks in 4 1/3, while David Olson gave up three hits with a strikeout and a walk in 1 2/3.
Ben McQuown went 2-for-4 for Campbell, adding his 10th double of the year.
The Camels will travel to Thomasville, N.C. tomorrow, taking on Appalachian State at 6 p.m. at Finch Field, home of the Coastal Plain League's Thomasville HiToms. Campbell returns to Big South play this weekend, hosting VMI Friday and Saturday, April 19-20.