Campbell Takes Series Opener
March 1, 2013
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Campbell built an eight-run lead midway through the contest and eventually came away with a 17-6 win in game one of the three-game series on Friday afternoon at Taylor Field.
The Fighting Camels scored in all but two innings and scored their 17 runs on 20 hits, including three home runs, in the victory.
Campbell pushed across three runs in the bottom of the second inning after Elijah Trail opened the inning with a leadoff double against Lafayette starter Toby Schwartz. Trail then swiped third and David Olsen brought him home with an RBI single to right to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Nick Ray followed Olsen and ripped a double down the right field line to put runners on second and third with no outs. A sac fly chased home Olsen and Jesse Simmons' one-out single up the middle extended the lead to 3-0. Schwartz worked around another base hit and a walk and escaped a bases loaded jam by getting three-hole hitter Michael Felton to fly out to Thomas Dunleavy in right field.
After a 1-2-3 inning for the Leopards (0-4) in the top half of the third, Campbell (8-1) tacked on two more runs in the home portion of the inning. Trail and Olsen each singled and Ray was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Schwartz induced an out on a fielder's choice, but Simmons brought home Olsen when Kevin Casey and Andrew Landolfi combined to make the inning's second out at second. A double steal of second and home by Simmons and Ray made it 5-0 prior to a groundout to short ended the scoring.
Lafayette got to Campbell's Hector Cedano in the top of the fourth inning with consecutive singles by Brad Hopek and Scott Kelleher. After Andrew Ruck gave himself up to move the runners to second and third, designated hitter Alex Osuchowski lifted a fly ball into foul territory in left field, which proved to be deep enough to score Hopek from third.
Campbell quickly responded with a solo shot by Ben McQuown to start the bottom of the frame and added another run in the fourth and fifth innings to lead 8-1 after five. That closed the book on Schwartz, who was saddled with the loss after surrendering eight runs on 11 hits. He also walked two, hit a pair of batters and struck out two Campbell hitters.
The Maroon and White knocked Cedano from the contest after Casey and Hopek earned back-to-back free passes and Kelleher's RBI double. Coley Thompkins issued a walk to Ruck to load the bases, but then Osuchowski grounded into a double play, scoring Hopek, and Parker Hills went down swinging to limit the damage. Cedano earned the win, giving up three runs on five hits in five-plus innings.
The Camels answered the call again, scoring three more runs in the bottom of the sixth off freshman reliever Ari Kaufman. Trail greeted the lefty with a home run and three batters later, Ben Fish sent a 1-1 pitch over the left field fence to extend the lead to 11-3.
Landolfi got on with a base hit to center and Andrew Santomauro doubled to start Lafayette's rally in the visitors half of the seventh. A sac fly to center sent Landofi home before Casey doubled to score Santomauro and cut the deficit to six. Kaufman got the shut-down inning Lafayette needed with a pop up to center and a double play to end the inning.
The Leopards scratched out a run in the eighth to pull within five, but Campbell put six more runs on the board to run the final score to 17-6.
The teams continue the series tomorrow afternoon with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Alex Farina is scheduled to face Campbell's Matt Marksberry in game one.