Norse top Camels 5-3, even series

Matthew Barefoot
Matthew Barefoot

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Northern Kentucky rallied for three late inning runs to defeat Campbell 5-3 Saturday at Jim Perry Stadium.

The Norse (1-1) evened the series with the Camels (1-1), who took Friday's season opener 12-5.

Joe Martin (1-0) picked up the win for the Norse, working two innings with an unearned run on two hits. Travis Rowland earned the save, fanning three and walking one in a scoreless ninth.

Wyatt Tyson (0-1) was charged with the loss, allowing two unearned runs on a hit with a strikeout and three walks.

NKU starter Pat Kelley went five innings with two runs, one earned, on six hits with three punchouts and a walk. Campbell's Harry Thomas gave up a run on five hits with two strikeouts and three walks in his CU debut.

Campbell led 2-1 in the third after a Jeff Hahs RBI groundout scored Drew Butler, who singled and stole second and third.

After a Campbell error allowed the Norse to tie up the score at 3-3 in the top of the sixth, Matthew Barefoot's sacrifice fly scored Cole Hallum to put the Camels back in front in the home half of the inning.

Northern Kentucky answered in the seventh, taking advantage of three Campbell walks paired with a passed ball and a wild pitch to score twice and take a 4-3 lead. Dominic Mercurio's two out RBI single in the ninth added a run for the Norse.

Will Haueter went 2-for-5 with a RBI and a run for NKU, while Chad Roberts was 1-for-1 with four walks, scoring twice in the win.

Barefoot notched a 2-for-3 effort with a RBI to pace the Camels at the plate.

Campbell issued nine walks and surrendered nine NKU hits in the loss. Northern Kentucky, meanwhile, left 14 on base.

Sunday's series finale is slated for a 1 p.m. start.

The Camels will host No. 10 East Carolina on Wednesday, February 22 in Buies Creek (4 p.m.). CU, who hosts 15 of its first 17 outings at home, hosts Quinnipiac February 24-26.