No. 30 Camels Top Liberty 4-2, Clinch Big South North Division

Heath Bowers
(Bennett Scarborough photo)
Heath Bowers (Bennett Scarborough photo)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – No. 30 Campbell defeated visiting Liberty 4-2 Saturday night at Jim Perry Stadium, clinching the Big South North Division title with its school record 42nd win of the year.

Campbell improved to 42-9 overall and 18-5 in Big South play, while Liberty dips to 27-23 on the year and 11-9 in conference games. The Camels won the series opener in 13 innings on Friday on Nick Ray's two-out RBI single. The series concludes tomorrow at 1 p.m.

The Camels broke their program single season wins record with their 42nd victory, surpassing last year's total of 41.

CU starter Heath Bowers worked 8 1/3 innings in the win, moving to 8-0 on the season. The sophomore allowed two runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking none, sitting down 14 Flames in a row from the second to the seventh inning.

David Olson closed out the game, fanning two in 2/3 of an inning for his third save.

Trailing 2-0 in the third, back to back one-out singles from Will Albertson and Michael Felton sparked a rally for the Camels. After both runners moved up on a groundout, Elijah Trail worked a five-pitch walk to load the bases.

Michael DeLucia's base hit to left then scored two to knot the game at 2-all. Blake Boyce and Nick Ray followed with two more Campbell hits, tacking on two more runs to give the Camels the 4-2 lead.

Liberty posted its pair of runs in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly from Dalton Britt and a Jake Kimble RBI single.

Felton, DeLucia and Ray each posted two hits on the night, as eight of nine Campbell starters in the batting order picked up a hit. Ben McQuown added his 45th stolen base and his 11th double of the year in the win.

Justin Sizemore paced Liberty with a 2-for-4 effort, including a double in the seventh.

Brooks Roy fell to 6-5 after allowing four runs on six hits with two strikeouts and a walk in 2 2/3. Danny Grauer pitched 5 1/3, striking out two and walking one while giving up five hits.

The Camels have one more series on their regular season schedule, hosting New Orleans May 16-18 at Jim Perry Stadium. The Big South Championships begin May 21 in Lynchburg, Va.