Camels top Ohio State 7-2 to open series

Adam Wyse (ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Adam Wyse (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell pounded out 11 hits and limited visiting Ohio State to just two in a 7-2 series opening win Friday at Jim Perry Stadium.

Campbell moved to 5-3 on the season, while OSU dipped to 3-6 overall.

Drew Butler went 3-for-5 with a double and a run for the Camels while Jimmy Monaghan and Jeff Hahs both drove in two. Cole Hallum also doubled twice, going 2-for-2 with two walks, a RBI and a run in the win.

Campbell pitching held Ohio State to just two hits, a season-low, and struck out 12 Buckeyes in the win.

Allan Winans (2-0) picked up the win in a scheduled short start, allowing a hit with two strikeouts and three walks in three innings.

Tyson Messer tossed 3 1/3 in relief, allowing two runs on a hit with eight strikeouts and six walks. Wyatt Tyson pitched the final 2 2/3 without allowing a hit, striking out two and walking one in a scoreless outing.

Adam Niemeyer (1-2) was charged with the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits with a strikeout in four innings.

CU jumped on the board in the first with Monaghan's first of two sacrifice flies on the night. The sophomore also drove in a run in Campbell's three-run sixth with a sac fly.

Hahs added to the Campbell lead in the third with a one out two run single. Bryce Myers' RBI groundout made it 4-0 Camels in the bottom of the fourth.

With a man on and none out in the top of the fifth, Tyler Cowles gave Ohio State its only runs of the game, lifting a two-run homer to left, cutting the Campbell lead to 4-2. The hit, one of two on the night for OSU, was the first since Tre Gantt led off the game with a single to right.

The Camels responded with the three-run sixth, with Hallum drawing a bases loaded hit by pitch and Butler scoring on a Buckeye error.

The series continues tomorrow with a 3 p.m. start. Game three will feature a 1 p.m. first pitch Sunday.

Next up for Campbell will be its first road test of the season, heading to Georgia Southern for a two game midweek set March 7-8. The Camels return home on Friday, March 10, beginning a three game series with Evansville.