March 2, 2013
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - After taking game one of the series on Friday, Campbell swept the series against Lafayette with a pair of wins, 8-3 and 7-2, on Saturday at Taylor Field.
Campbell opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning of game one with a four-run outbust. Each of the first three hitters reached base to set up Brent Graham's two-run double. A single to center by Michael Felton and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Elijah Trail each brought home runs to give the Fighting Camels a 4-0 cushion after three innings.
The score stayed the same until the top of the sixth, when Lafayette got two runs back to cut the deficit in half. Andrew Landolfi worked a walk to start the frame and Andrew Santomauro's base knock put runners on the corners for Thomas Dunleavy. The Leopards designated hitter grounded out to second to give Lafayette its first run, before Santomauro advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a balk called against Campbell lefty Matt Marksbury.
Leading 4-2, Campbell (10-1) plated two more runs in the home half of the sixth on Michael DeLucia's leadoff triple, an RBI groundout, and a solo blast by Ben McQuown with two away off Lafayette starter Alex Farina. The right-hander got Graham to fly out to end the inning, completing his afternoon after six innings of work. Farina allowed six runs on nine hits, while walking two and striking out two. He was later charged with the loss as Lafayette was unable to score after the seventh inning, when Campbell sent two more runs across the plate.
Lafayette (0-6) managed one more run off Marksbury in the seventh, thanks to Landolfi's RBI single to left following a two-out double from Alex Nickles. From there Ryan Thompson escaped the jam without any further damage and tossed a scoreless eighth and ninth to pick up the save. Marksbury twirled 6.2 innings and held Lafayette to six hits and three runs to go along with three walks and four strikeouts.
Hits were hard to come by through the first three innings of the nightcap against Lafayette's Michael Massa and Campell's Heath Bowers. The Camels' right-hander held the Leopards without a base hit through 3.2 innings before the visitors staged a two-out rally to go ahead 2-0. Scott Kelleher singled to shortstop and scored on Matt Lerner's RBI two-bagger prior to Lerner crossing the plate on a fielding error.
The lead was short-lived for Lafayette as Campbell pushed three runs across in the bottom half of the fourth to take a 3-2 lead. The Camels added to their advantage with three more runs in the sixth and Bowers allowed just two Lafayette hits in his final three innings of work. In total, Bowers tossed seven frames and struck out five, while surrendering four hits, two runs (one earned) and walking two. Massa was saddled with the loss after giving up six runs (five earned) and six hits in 5.2 innings.
Campbell added an unearned insurance run in the bottom of the eighth against Cory Spera, who threw 2.1 innings in relief of Mass, to run the final score to 7-2.
Lafayette returns to action on Tuesday when its takes on Rider at Diamond Nation in Flemington, N.J. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.