No. 29 Camels Fall in Opener at High Point 3-1

Michael Felton (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Michael Felton (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Two early miscues allowed three High Point runs as the Panthers took game one of their Big South series over No. 29 Campbell Friday at Williard Stadium.

HPU improves to 23-22 on the season and 10-6 in Big South games, while Campbell falls to 37-9 overall and 14-5 in conference play, ending a six game winning streak.

Campbell committed an error apiece in the second and third, allowing the Panthers to plate three early runs.

The Panthers posted two in the second after a Campbell error, with Dane McDermott and Devin Bujnovsky both knocking in runs.

HPU capitalized on another CU miscue in the third, extending the Panther inning before Cody Manzella plated Spencer Angelis on a groundout.

Michael DeLucia put the Camels on the board in the sixth, knocking in Brent Graham, who led off the inning with a single to left.

Jacob Newberry moved to 3-2 with the win, allowing a run on five hits with five strikeouts and four walks in 6 2/3. Sean Townsley picked up his second save, going 2 1/3 without a hit, three strikeouts and a walk.

Ryan Mattes worked 7 2/3, allowing three unearned runs on 10 Panther hits, striking out seven while walking just one, falling to 6-3 on the year. Coley Thompkins retired his only batter in the eighth.

Mattes surrendered just three hits over his final four frames, fanning five over that span.

Bujnovsky led HPU, going 3-for-4 with a RBI, while Angelis picked up two hits.

Michael Felton paced Campbell, going 3-for-4. Graham and DeLucia also notched hits for the Camels in the loss. Felton extended his multi-hit game streak to five and has 11 hits over that time.

The series continues tomorrow at 6 p.m. and concludes Sunday with a 1 p.m. tilt.

The Camels will head to the College of Charleston for their final midweek test, taking on the Cougars on Tuesday, May 7. Campbell then returns home for its final six regular season contests, beginning with Liberty on May 10.