Camels outlast NC State 9-8

Cole Hallum (ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Cole Hallum (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Matthew Barefoot and Cole Hallum combined to drive in five, powering Campbell to a 9-8 road win at North Carolina State Tuesday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.

Campbell moved to 9-12 overall on the season, while NCSU dropped to 12-10.

The Camels ran out to a 7-2 lead in the fourth, using home runs from Christian Jones, Barefoot and Hallum. Hallum tacked on another run with a RBI single in the fourth after Jeff Hahs' sacrifice fly.

The Wolfpack cut the Campbell lead to 7-5 with a three-run sixth that included a two-run single from Daniel Pitarra.

Hallum drove in his third run of the night with two out in the eighth, adding an insurance run with a RBI single. Adam Wyse also scored on a wild pitch in the inning, putting CU up 9-5.

NC State rallied in the ninth, scoring three in its final turn. With two out and a man on, Andy Cosgrove tripled to make it 9-8, but a groundout to second ended the rally to seal the road win.

Andrew Witczak (1-2) picked up the win for the Camels, working three innings with two runs on three hits with one strikeout in a scheduled short start. Wes Noble was the second of seven Camels to take the mound, throwing two scoreless innings with two hits and two strikeouts.

Christian Demby (0-2) was charged with the loss, allowing five runs on five hits with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.

The teams combined for 26 hits, with Campbell leading the way at 14.

Hallum went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run for the Camels, picking up his third home run of the season. Barefoot collected a 3-for-5 night with his fourth homer of the year, also doubling twice.

Kyle Mehl also drove in a run and went 3-for-4, while Wyse scored three times, going 3-for-5. Jones, who led off the night's scoring with a solo home run in the second, was 2-for-5.

Pitarra paced NC State, going 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run. Josh McLain knocked in two with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third, while Brett Kinneman scored twice in the loss.

Campbell begins Big South play this weekend, traveling to Gardner-Webb. The three game set begins on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. CU returns to Jim Perry Stadium on March 31, starting a Big South series with Charleston Southern.