Camels Fall at NC Central 5-1

Clayton Brown (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Clayton Brown (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

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.

The Camels got on the board in the fourth as Clayton Brown doubled to score Jesse Simmons from first.

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.