Camels in the pros update

Matt Marksberry
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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – While the season may be over for the current members of the Campbell team, the year is in full swing for former Camels playing professionally across Minor League Baseball.

Ryan Thompson | RHP | Tri-City Valleycats | Campbell 2013-14
Class A Short Season New York-Penn League, Houston Astros affiliate
After collecting a win and two saves in his last three outings, Ryan Thompson is now 2-0 with four saves for the Tri-City ValleyCats. The right-hander, selected by the Houston Astros in the 23rd round of the 2014 MLB Draft, also carries a 3.00 ERA with seven strikeouts in 12 innings over 12 relief appearances.

Ben McQuown | OF | Vermont Lake Monsters | Campbell 2012-13
Class A Short Season New York-Penn League, Oakland Athletics affiliate
Another Camel in the New York-Penn League, Ben McQuown went 2-for-5 with two RBI in his last outing for the Vermont Lake Monsters. The Waianae, Hawaii native is batting .213 for the season with 11 runs scored, seven RBI and a home run. The A's picked McQuown in the 30th round of the 2013 MLB Draft,

Matt Marksberry | LHP | Rome Braves | Campbell 2010-13
Class A South Atlantic League, Atlanta Braves affiliate
Hard-throwing lefty Matt Marksberry has won his last three outings for the Rome Braves, including his last appearance where he allowed just four base runners in seven scoreless innings in a victory over Delmarva. Marksberry is 3-6 with a 3.77 ERA in 15 starts, striking out 66 in 75 innings pitched. The Braves selected Marksberry in the 15th round of 2013's MLB Draft.

Jake Smith | RHP | Augusta GreenJackets | Campbell 2011
Class A South Atlantic League, Atlanta Braves affiliate
Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2011 (48th round), Jake Smith is 2-4 with a 3.06 ERA for Augusta this season, pitching in 39 games. The North Augusta, S.C. native, who also owns three saves, has fanned 56 in 47 innings, holding opponents to a .230 average.

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Campbell finished the 2014 season with a 41-21 overall record, tying for the second-most wins in school history. The Camels claimed the Big South Tournament Championship in Rock Hill, S.C., earning the school's second NCAA Regional berth.

In the Columbia Regional, No. 4 seed CU picked up its first-ever NCAA Regional win, knocking off third-seeded Old Dominion 4-1 in 12 innings.

Campbell has won 131 games over the last three years, posting three consecutive 40-plus win seasons.