May 5, 2014

Camels take on Tar Heels Tuesday

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell travels to North Carolina Tuesday, taking on the Tar Heels at 6 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium.

The Camels head into Tuesday's contest at 31-15 overall, trying to move to 3-0 in games on the road at ACC opponents this season. Two weeks ago, Campbell downed North Carolina State 9-0 in Raleigh, N.C. before defeating Virginia Tech 14-9 in Blacksburg, Va.

CU is coming off of a 3-1 week, beginning with a 4-1 win over North Carolina A&T before taking two of three from Big South foe Gardner-Webb.

The Camels picked up their 30th win of the season on Saturday, clinching three consecutive seasons of 30 or more wins for the first time in program history. The Camels won a combined 90 games in 2012 and 2013, including 49 last season.

While making the program's home national broadcast debut on Friday night on ESPNU, Campbell set a new Jim Perry Stadium record for the second time this season. The 1,120 surpassed the ballpark's attendance mark of 1,082, set just a month ago when the Camels hosted North Carolina State.

Senior shortstop John Reilly owns a team-high .348 batting average with 21 runs scored and nine RBI, while freshman outfielder and leadoff man Danny Pardo hits .308 with 46 runs scored and 21 knocked in.

Pardo extended his hitting streak to 10 games over the weekend, tying a Campbell season best. Pardo owns a hit in 11 of his last 12 games, posting multiple hits in seven of those outings. He went 3-for-4 with a two-run double on Sunday in Campbell's 5-2 win over Gardner-Webb, securing the Big South series win for the Camels. Pardo is batting .440 over his last 12 games, scoring 12 runs while driving in 10, adding four doubles, a triple and a home run, while Campbell has gone 9-3 over that time.

Matt Parrish, a sophomore, has batted .320 with 17 RBI in 37 games, while Steven Leonard hits .278. Matt Nadolski has tallied a team-high 39 RBI with four home runs.

On the mound, Ryan Thompson is 4-2 with a 1.44 ERA and a Campbell record 12 saves in 27 appearances. Ryan Koopman is also 7-1 with a 1.91 ERA, while Bobby Thorson is 2-4 with a 5.57 ERA.

North Carolina comes into the midweek set at 27-19 on the season. The Tar Heels have not played since East Carolina shut out UNC 1-0 on April 29. The Tar Heels swept Virginia Tech in their last ACC series.

Michael Russell paces the Heels at the plate with a .354 average, adding four home runs, 28 RBI and 35 runs scored. Wood Myers also hits .302 with 27 runs scored, while Tom Zengel owns 28 RBI and four home runs.

Trent Thorton leads UNC on the mound with a 7-2 record and a 1.85 ERA, while Reilly Hovis and Chris McCue combine for 13 saves. Zac Gallen owns a 4-3 mark with 4.78 ERA.

The Camels have not met the Tar Heels since 2007 when Campbell took a 7-5 12th inning win over then No. 2 North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

CU continues its Big South schedule at VMI next weekend, May 9-11, before wrapping up its home slate with UNC Wilmington on May 13.