No. 28 Camels Close Out Regular Season with New Orleans

Ben Fish & Ryan Mattes (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Ben Fish & Ryan Mattes (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – After closing out Big South play with a home sweep over Liberty, No. 28 Campbell finishes the 2013 regular season with a three game series against New Orleans, beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. at Jim Perry Stadium.

The series continues Friday, May 17 at 6 p.m., and closes with Saturday's 1 p.m. tilt. Saturday's regular season finale will also serve as senior day, recognizing all 13 of the Camels' seniors.

With the series sweep over Liberty, the Camels locked up the No. 1 seed in next week's Big South Championships, and captured the conference's North Division crown.

The Camels will head into the Big South Championships with the No. 1 seed for the second time in program history, with the only other coming in 1986, and earned a divisional championship for the first time since 1987.

For the second straight week, Ryan Thompson earned a win and a save in a pivotal Big South series. Thompson, now 7-0 with a 0.72 ERA and nine saves, one shy of the school record, picked up the five-inning win in relief in Friday's 13 inning thriller, surrendering only three hits, striking out five and walking two after entering the game in the ninth. The Turner, Ore. native then pitched the eighth and ninth on Sunday to close it out for the Camels. Thompson earned his ninth save, allowing a pair of hits with two punchouts and a walk in two innings.

His seven scoreless innings extended a streak to 27 2/3 innings without a run allowed, dating back to April 5 (13 appearances). The streak is his second of the season of more than 20, going 20 2/3 without an earned run charged, which dated from Feb. 19 to March 20 (10 appearances).

David Olson hit .357 while pitching 4 2/3 innings of no-hit ball with two saves in three appearances last week. For the season, Olson hits .357 with 39 runs and 32 RBI, adding eight doubles and two home runs. On the mound, the senior is 3-0 with three saves in 26 1/3 innings pitched, adding a 1.71 ERA.

Ben McQuown stole his 45th base of the year on Sunday, and still leads the nation. The senior also hits .320 with 56 runs scored for the Camels. Brent Graham hits .382 with 50 runs and 35 RBI, while Michael Felton hits .362 with 44 runs and 43 RBI.

Heath Bowers is 8-0 on the mound with a 1.86 ERA, while Ryan Mattes is 6-3 with a 2.28 ERA. Hector Cedano is 8-2 with a 3.21 ERA and Matt Marksberry is 7-2 with a 4.84 ERA.

UNO heads into the weekend, its season finale, at 7-41 after an 11-2 setback at No. 3 LSU on Tuesday.

Zach Liberto leads the Privateers with a .284 average, 15 runs scored and 14 RBI. Jonathan Coco also hits .274 with 16 runs, 11 RBI and two home runs, while Andre Damiens bats .260 with 10 knocked in. Alex Smith paced UNO hurlers with a 3-9 record and a 4.37 ERA. Blake Prest is 1-6 with a 6.88 ERA.

The Big South Championships begin May 21 in Lynchburg, Va.