Camels top UNCW 4-2

Andrew Witczak (photo by Joe Browning)
Andrew Witczak (photo by Joe Browning)

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Christian Jones and Adam Wyse both knocked in two and Campbell survived a late UNCW push, notching a 4-2 win over the Seahawks Tuesday night at Brooks Field.

Campbell moved to 15-14 on the season with its eighth win in its last 10 games, moving above .500 for the first time since March 4. UNCW dipped to 11-16 on the season.

Campbell loaded the bases with one out in the second, scoring two on a Jones bases loaded walk and a Wyse sacrifice fly.

The Camels built a 4-0 lead in the fourth with a Jones RBI double, scoring Zach Minnick, who led off the inning with a double of his own. Wyse followed with a RBI single to bring Jones around and make it 4-0 Camels.

CU starter Andrew Witczak (2-2) kept UNCW off the board through five innings, allowing just one hit with five strikeouts and two walks. He faced the minimum through three innings in the season-long five inning start.

UNCW threatened in the sixth, loading the bases with one out before Wyatt Tyson struck out two Seahawks to end the inning. The Seahawks left at least two on from the sixth on.

After getting on the board in the eighth, UNCW rallied again in its final at-bat. A pair of walks set up a two out Nick Feight RBI single, cutting the Campbell lead to 4-2 before the Seahawks were caught stealing to end the game.

Witczak earned his second win of the season, with Tyson Messer collecting the save, his first, allowing a run on a hit with a strikeout and a two walks in an inning. Tyson struck out four in 1 2/3 innings, allowing a hit with a walk. Harry Thomas surrendered a run on a hit with two strikeouts and two walks in an inning.

Campbell pitching allowed only four UNCW hits while striking out 13, but walked 10 to match a season high.

Austin Warren (2-2) was charged with the loss, allowing four runs on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks in 3 1/3 innings. Clay Lockamon pitched 4 2/3 scoreless in relief, allowing just two hits with a strikeout. Chris Joyner pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing a hit with a strikeout.

Jones went 1-for-2 while Wyse was 1-for-3 for the Camels. Minnick also scored twice, going 1-for-3 in the win.

Feight was one of four Seahawks to record a hit, going 1-for-3 with a RBI.

Campbell jumps back into Big South play this weekend on the road at High Point. The series begins Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. Saturday's matchup features a 2 p.m. start, followed by a 1 p.m. finale on Sunday.

The Camels return to Jim Perry Stadium on Wednesday, April 12, hosting Duke.