BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but its comeback attempt fell short in the series opener against Quinnipiac, falling 7-5 Friday night at Jim Perry Stadium.
Campbell (2-3) trailed 7-2 heading to the ninth after Quinnipiac (4-1) tacked on two in the top of the eighth on a Brian Moskey double.
Three straight walks to lead off the bottom of the ninth kickstarted the Campbell rally, and with one out, Cole Hallum took a hit by pitch to score a run. Kevin Barron followed with a RBI single, and with the bases still full, Christian Jones was hit by a pitch to bring another Camel home, cutting the score to 7-5 before back to back strikeouts ended the game.
Nick Paasch (1-0) picked up the win in relief, pitching 1 2/3 hitless innings with a run, three strikeouts and three walks. Quinnipiac starter Alex Vargas went three innings, allowing a run on two hits with a strikeout and six walks, the first of eight Bobcats hurlers on the day.
Gregory Egan earned the save, his first of the season, striking out the only two batters he faced.
Harry Thomas (0-1) took the loss for Campbell, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits with nine strikeouts and a walk. Alex Yarem pitched 2 1/3, allowing two runs on two hits after sitting down his first six batters. The redshirt sophomore struck out two and walked one.
Jack Yusko struck out three with a walk and a hit over 1 2/3 in his Campbell debut.
The Bobcats plated three in the top of the first on Liam Scafariello and Matthew Batten RBI. Batten also scored on a double play ball to give QU the early 3-0 lead.
Campbell stranded 12 on base in the loss, leaving the bases loaded in the fifth and the ninth.
Moskey drove in three, going 1-for-3 for the Bobcats while Batten scored four times, going 2-for-4 with a RBI.
Game two of the series is set for a 3 p.m. start Saturday. The set will wrap up Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch.
Campbell returns to action next weekend, hosting Ohio State in Buies Creek for a three game series, March 3-5. The Camels head on the road for the first time this season March 7-8 at Georgia Southern.