Camels power past Hokies 15-8

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

BLACKSBURG, VA. – Zach Minnick and Matthew Barefoot both homered twice to lift Campbell over Virginia Tech 15-8 Tuesday night at English Field at Union Park.

Campbell moves to 12-13 on the season, its fifth win in six games, while Virginia Tech drops 14-13. The teams combined for nine home runs in the 28-hit slugfest. Campbell's 15 runs marked a season high.

Minnick went 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs. His fourth inning two-run home run cut the VT lead to 6-3. The sophomore belted another two-run shot in the sixth, extending the CU lead to 11-7.

Barefoot drove in five, going 4-for-6 with three runs. The Dunn, N.C. native's first homer of the night, a two out, three-run shot, gave Campbell a 9-7 lead in the fifth. He added a second blast in the seventh, a two-run homer, to make it 13-8.

Jeff Hahs also knocked in three, going 2-for-5. After Virginia Tech led 6-0 in the second, the junior put Campbell on the board in the third with a two out RBI double. He added a sacrifice fly an inning later, bringing the Camels within a run at 6-5, and tacked on an insurance run in the ninth with a RBI single.

All nine Camels in the lineup recorded at least one hit in the win.

Wes Noble (1-1) earned the win in relief, pitching 4 2/3 with two runs on three hits, four strikeouts and a walk. Harry Thomas and Erik Dowse combined for 2 2/3 scoreless frames to close the game.

Andrew Witczak allowed six runs on six hits with a walk in 1 2/3 in the start for the Camels.

Andrew McDonald (1-1) took the loss, allowing six runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 2 2/3 innings. VT starter Kit Scheetz went two scoreless innings, allowing just a hit with three strikeouts and a walk.

 Joey Sullivan allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.

Joe Freiday, Jr. paced the Hokies, going 2-for-4 with four RBI on two home runs. Freiday's three-run homer in the second put VT up 4-0. He added a leadoff home run in the fourth, extending the Hokie lead to 7-5.

Campbell returns to Jim Perry Stadium this weekend for its Big South home opener, hosting Charleston Southern. The series kicks off on Friday, March 31 at 6 p.m.