Evansville downs Camels in series opener 13-9

Zach Minnick (ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Zach Minnick (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Trey Hair and Andrew Tanous drove in a combined seven to lead Evansville over Campbell 13-9 Friday night at Jim Perry Stadium.

Evansville (5-8) pounded out 13 hits total, including three apiece from Hair, Kenton Crews and Craig Shepherd to take the series opener against the Camels (5-8), who took their fifth straight loss.

Hair's one out grand slam highlighted a five-run sixth inning to put the Purple Aces up 11-3.

Campbell chipped away with six runs over its final two turns at the plate, including a two out, three-run home run from Matthew Barefoot in the ninth, but fell 13-9. The homer marked Barefoot's third in his last four outings, and extended the redshirt freshman's hit streak to seven games.

Hair was 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored for Evansville, while Tanous went 1-for-5, driving in one on a fielder's choice in the first and two more with a triple in the fifth. Crews also scored three times, going 3-for-6, while Shepherd went 3-for-4 with four runs scored and a RBI.

Patrick Schnieders (2-1) picked up the win, going five innings with three runs, two earned, on five hits with five strikeouts and four walks.

Jack Cavanaugh tossed two scoreless innings with two hits, three strikeouts and two walks while Hunter Porterfield allowed three unearned runs on two hits with a strikeout and a walk in 2/3 of an inning.

Allan Winans (2-1) took his first loss of the season, surrendering six runs, five earned, on eight hits with three punchouts and a walk in 4 2/3.

Barefoot was 3-for-5 with four RBI, adding a third inning RBI double to go along with his homer in the ninth, also scoring three times. Zach Minnick also notched a three-hit night, doubling twice and ripping an opposite field solo home run off the Jim Perry Stadium scoreboard in the fifth inning, his first of the season.

The three-game series continues with a 1 p.m. doubleheader tomorrow.

The Camels will continue their homestand March 14-15, hosting Rider before heading out on an eight-game road swing.