No. 29 Camels Even Series at HPU with 3-2 Win

Ryan Thompson (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Ryan Thompson (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Ryan Thompson tossed three scoreless innings in relief and No. 29 Campbell scratched the go-ahead run across in the top of the eighth to down High Point 3-2 and even the Big South series Saturday night at Williard Stadium.

Campbell improves to 38-9 overall and 15-5 in Big South play, while High Point drops to 23-23 on the year and 10-7 in conference games. HPU took game one of the series 3-1 on Friday night.

Thompson came on with one on and none out in the bottom of the seventh and got out of a jam with the potential HPU go-ahead run on third.

Panthers moved into scoring position in the seventh, eighth and ninth, reaching third in the seventh and eighth. In the ninth, two reached with a base hit and a hit batter. Thompson induced a ground ball to third to end the game, with Elijah Trail tagging the HPU baserunner.

Thompson picked up the win in three innings of relief, moving to 6-0 on the season with a pair of hits, two strikeouts and two walks Saturday night.

CU starter Heath Bowers went six innings, surrendering two runs, one earned, on five hits with six strikeouts and a walk.

Bowers, a sophomore from Lillington, N.C., allowed a hit to Medina to lead off the bottom of the first, then retired 11 in a row before Spencer Angelis' base hit with two away in the fourth broke the streak.

Jaime Schultz fell to 0-5 with the loss, allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits with nine strikeouts and three walks. Joe Goodman struck out three in an inning of work.

Campbell struck early with Michael Felton plating Ben McQuown in the first, who led off with a base hit.

The Camels added a run in the fourth with Michael DeLucia's RBI triple to center, scoring David Olson after he led off the inning with a four-pitch walk.

Dominic Fazio's solo home run to left put the Panthers on the board in the fifth, cutting the Camels' lead to 2-1.

HPU evened the game at 2-all in the sixth when Josh Spano's base hit scored Willie Medina, who reached on an error.

Campbell's go-ahead run in the eighth came after Brent Graham was hit by a Schultz offering to lead off the frame. After moving to second on Felton's sacrifice bunt, Trail's chopper up the middle, ruled an error, brought Graham home to give Campbell a 3-2 lead.

The miscue was HPU's fourth of the game. Campbell leadoff men reached in five innings, accounting for all three Camel runs in the first, fourth and eighth.

The series concludes tomorrow with 1 p.m. rubber match.

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.