Camels drop non-conference finale at ECU

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

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Campbell was dealt a 14-6 loss by East Carolina in its final non-conference game of the 2017 season Tuesday night at Clark-LeClair stadium.

The Camels fell to 23-29 while the Pirates improved to 28-25. Chris Holba (4-1) earned the win on the mound despite allowing a pair of runs in just one inning of work with three strikeouts.

Campbell sent eight pitchers to the mound in the contest and Alex Yarem (2-1) took the loss after giving up three earned runs in the fourth inning.

Drew Butler led the Camels at the plate with a 3-for-4 effort, which included three RBI. He drove in a run during Campbell's three-run fourth inning that gave resulted in a 3-2 advantage. Adam Wyse opened the scoring with a single that scored Zach Minnick, while Cole Hallum put CU ahead with a two-out single that Wyse came around to score on.

Minnick finished 2-for-4 in the game with a RBI and a run, while Hallum went 2-for-3 with two walks, a RBI and a run.

After the Pirates jumped back on top with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, Campbell countered with two runs of its own in the top of the fifth. Butler drove in both on two outs after Wyse reached on a single and Kyle Mehl drew a walk to open the frame.

The ECU offense kept rolling in the middle innings as it plated three more runs in its half of the fifth to take a 7-5 advantage to the sixth. The Camels drew back within one of the lead on a single from Minnick that scored Hallum, who led off the inning with a single.

East Carolina put the game out of reach with a three-run sixth before plating four runs in the seventh. Travis Watkins led the Pirate offense with a 3-for-3 effort that included three RBI on two home runs and a pair of walks. Turner Brown also tallied three hits in five trips to the plate with a pair or RBI and two runs scored.

The Camels will return to action this weekend (May 18-20) with their final Big South Conference series of the season versus Longwood at Jim Perry Stadium. First pitch in Thursday's opener is set for 6 p.m.