HPU tops Camels 9-7 Sunday, takes series

Drew Butler (ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Drew Butler (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

HIGH POINT, N.C. – High Point used a six-run sixth to push past visiting Campbell 9-7 and take the Big South series in Sunday's decisive game three at Williard Stadium.

HPU moved to 16-15 on the season and 5-7 in Big South play, while Campbell fell to 16-16 overall and 5-4 in conference games with its first league series loss.

CU led 5-3 after adding a run on Matthew Barefoot's sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth. HPU sent 11 to the plate in the bottom of the inning, plating six on four hits, including a Josh Greene RBI double, a Campbell error, two walks and a hit by pitch. A wild pitch also scored a run for the Panthers, going ahead 9-5.

Drew Butler brought Campbell within 9-7 in the eighth with his first career home run. The senior lifted a one out, two run shot to left.

Matt Hodges kept the Camels off the board for the final five outs, sealing the series win for the Panthers. HPU took Friday's opener 10-4 before Campbell evened the weekend with a 9-7 victory in 11 innings Saturday.

Joe Johnson (3-0) picked up the win in relief, allowing three runs on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Hodges earned the save, his third, going 1 2/3 with a hit and a strikeout.

HPU starter Trevor Halloway pitched five innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits, striking out two and walking three.

Ryan Kirk (3-3) took the loss, allowing eight runs, six earned, on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Wes Noble pitched the final 2 2/3 scoreless, allowing just a hit with a strikeout and two walks.

Campbell scored in five of its first six turns at the plate to build its 5-3 lead. Kevin Barron gave CU a 1-0 lead in the first with a one out bases loaded single up the middle. The Camels left the bases loaded in the inning, stranding 10 total in the loss.

Blake Schunk went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs for the Panthers, driving in runs with a RBI double in High Point's three-run first and a single in the sixth. Greene also went 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run.

Barefoot was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run for the Camels, adding a RBI infield hit in the second inning. Butler and Barron added two hits apiece for Campbell, while Adam Wyse scored three times, drawing three walks.

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