Baseball clubs four homers in extra inning win at HPU 9-7

Kyle Mehl (ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Kyle Mehl (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Kyle Mehl's two-run go-ahead home run in the top of the 11th inning lifted Campbell over High Point 9-7 Saturday at Williard Stadium.

Campbell (16-15, 5-3 Big South) matched a season-best with four home runs in the win, evening the Big South series with the Panthers (15-15, 4-7 Big South). HPU took Friday's opener 10-4. The series finale is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.

The extra inning contest marked Campbell's first since the 2014 season, when the Camels defeated Old Dominion 4-1 in 12 innings in the NCAA Columbia Regional.

All nine of Campbell's runs came via the long ball, with Jeff Hahs knocking two homers. His three-run shot in the third put Campbell on top 3-0. The junior lifted another homer to lead off the fifth, putting CU up 4-3 after HPU answered for three runs in the bottom of the third.

High Point matched CU again in the bottom of the inning with Hunter Lee's two out RBI single, and extended the lead to 7-4 with a three-run sixth.

With two on and two out in the top of the seventh, Christian Jones belted another Campbell round tripper to tie the game at 7-all.

Still facing a 7-7 game in the top of the 11th, Mehl's go-ahead homer came with two out and two on, his second of the season.

High Point left the bases loaded in the eighth and the 10th without scoring a run. The teams combined to leave 26 on base in the game, with the Panthers stranding 15.

Harry Thomas (2-1) picked up the win in relief, going 2 2/3 scoreless innings with a hit, a strikeout and three walks. Cole Hallum pitched the final two outs for the save, his second of the season, striking out one.

HPU picked up just one hit after the sixth inning, with Thomas, Hallum and Wyatt Tyson keeping the Panthers off the board for the final 5 2/3 innings. Tyson tossed 2 1/3, striking out two and walking five.

Campbell starter Alex Yarem went 4 2/3, allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits with five strikeouts. He retired his first seven batters, and did not issue a walk on the day.

Jeremy Johnson (1-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits with three strikeouts and two walks in 4 1/3 innings. HPU starter Drew Daczkowski went four frames, allowing four runs on five hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

Seven different Camels picked up a hit and eight scored runs in the win.

Hahs went 2-for-5 with four RBI in his second two home run game of the season. Zach Minnick also went 2-for-5 with a run.

Austen Zente went 3-for-6 with a RBI and two runs, chipping in a RBI double in HPU's three-run third.

Campbell returns to Jim Perry Stadium on Tuesday, April 12, hosting Duke. The Camels host Radford in a three-game Big South series, April 13-15.