CAMPBELL 8, #18 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 6 | BOX SCORE
Jimmy Brenneman reached base in all five plate appearances and David Olson went 3-for-5 with a big two-RBI single in the sixth inning as Campbell (31-8) rallied from an early three-run deficit to defeat #18 NC State (24-11) 8-6 before a season-high crowd of 1,135 fans at Taylor Field Tuesday evening. The game was the highest attended baseball contest in Buies Creek since a 2009 game against NC State drew 1,223 spectators.
The Wolfpack jumped out to a 4-1 lead after four innings before the Fighting Camels mounted a rally that included a three-run fifth inning and four more runs in the sixth that gave the hosts a lead the bullpen maintained.
NC State controlled the momentum early, scoring twice in their first at-bat to strike first. Trea Turner led off the game with infield single for the Wolfpack. Chris Diaz immediately followed with a double to deep left center to bring home Turner for the first run of the game. Diaz advanced to third on a Camel throwing error and came to the plate in the next at-bat on Danny Canela's sacrifice fly, giving the visitors a 2-0 advantage.
The Wolfpack put the first two runners on base to start the second inning before Hector Cedano relieved Camel starter Paul Eyster. Jake Fincher sacrificed the NCSU runners ahead a base and Turner later recorded the second sacrifice fly of the game for NC State, but Cedano stranded two runners on base and went on the pitch two more innings of no-hit baseball, allowing just one unearned run in the fourth.
The Camels got on the scoreboard in the home half of the second inning as David Olson started things off with a single. Nick Ray then drew a walk to put two runners on with no outs. After the Wolfpack executed a double play, Camel catcher Ben Fish drew a walk to put runners on the corners with two outs. With Cam'Ron Summers at the plate, Fish initiated a rundown between first and second on a stolen base attempt that allowed Olson to race home and score before Fish was tagged out.
Fish led off the fifth for CU with a double down the left field line to start the CU rally. After Fish advanced to third on a groundout, Brenneman drew one of his three walks on the day to put runners on the corners with one out. Ben McQuown followed with a RBI single that plated Fish and advanced Brenneman to second.
After both runners advanced on a double steal, Jake Kirkland drew a walk to load the bases with two outs. Olson then reached on an error that also scored Brenneman, and Ray drew a bases loaded walk to tie that game at 4-4.
The start of the sixth deemed trouble for Campbell as Ratledge reached after a two-base error. Ratledge moved over to third after a groundout that marked the first out of the inning, but was held there as Campbell reliever Ryan Mattes struck out the next two batters to get out of the frame unscathed.
Fish led off the sixth in similar fashion as an inning earlier by sending a base hit to leftfield. A sacrifice bunt from Summers advanced Fish into scoring position for the top of the lineup. Brenneman followed with a perfectly placed bunt of his own for an infield single that placed runner on the corners with one out.
McQuown drew a base on balls to load the bases and set the stage for Michael Felton, who gave the Camels their first lead of the game with an RBI single trough the right side that scored Fish and put Campbell in front 5-4. With two outs, Olson singled to right and brought home Brenneman and McQuown to give CU a three-run advantage. A wild pitch in the next at-bat allowed Felton to race home from third and push the margin to an 8-4 Camel lead through six innings.
NC State tacked on a single run in the seventh and eighth innings to draw within two runs, but Matt Marksberry entered in relief of Mattes and nailed down his first save of the season. The redshirt sophomore stranded two Wolfpack runners in the eighth before working a perfect ninth to seal the victory. Mattes earned the win for Campbell, tossing 2.2 innings while allowing two hits and one runs with two strikeouts in moving to 4-1 on the season. Ryan Wilkins takes the loss for NC State after surrendering three runs on two hits in one inning of work.
Logan Ratledge led the Wolfpack offensive effort, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Chris Diaz also had a two-hit night for the visitors. For the Camels, Fish was 2-for-3 with one walk on the evening, with both hits leading off the decisive fifth and sixth innings.
Campbell hits the road for the next ten games, visiting VMI this weekend for a three-game Big South Conference series. NC State returns home to face Boston College in an ACC matchup.
GARDNER-WEBB 6, WESTERN CAROLINA 4 | BOX SCORE
Scott Coleman went 4-for-4 with a solo home run to help Gardner-Webb post a 6-4 comeback win over Western Carolina Tuesday night at John Henry Moss Stadium.
Gardner-Webb (20-18) scored six unanswered runs, with five of those coming in the middle innings, to erase an early 4-0 lead by Western Carolina (25-12). Coleman added an insurance run in the eighth with his solo shot to left field for the final margin.
Western Carolina took the lead on the first pitch of the game, as Aaron Attaway took a fastball deep over the fence in left center for a 1-0 lead. The Catamounts struck for two more runs in the third, getting a two-out RBI double from Cody Jones and an RBI single from Ross Heffley to push its lead to 3-0.
Julian Ridings added to that lead with one out in the fourth, depositing a pitch over the fence in left center for a solo home run and a 4-0 lead.
Gardner-Webb cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth, lacing four consecutive singles with one out. Brad Collins' base knock to centerfield drove home Dusty Quattlebaum to trim the lead to 4-1, but WCU starter Jon Nadale rolled a 6-4-3 double play one batter later to end the inning.
A walk by Danny Yelverton and an infield single by Zeke Blanton put runners at first and third in the bottom of the fifth, and Ryan Hodge plated Yelverton with a groundout to cut the lead to 4-2. John Harris followed with a sharp single to right and Blanton scored when the ball was bobbled in the outfield to trim the lead to 4-3. Quattlebaum stepped to the plate and ripped a line drive shot, but Catamount first baseman Tyler White snagged the ball and doubled Harris off at first to snuff out the rally.
The Runnin' Bulldogs took the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Brad Collins ripped a fastball deep over the fence in left for a two-run home run and a 5-4 edge.
Western Carolina got a leadoff single from Tyler White in the top of the eighth, and loaded the bases with two outs, but closer Adam Izokovic struck out Bradley Strong to end the threat, and the 'Dogs added to the lead in the bottom half.
Coleman hammered the first pitch he saw over the fence in left for his second home run of the year and a 6-4 score, adding some cushion late in the game. Izokovic made the lead stand in the top of the ninth, striking out Attaway and getting a pair of fly balls to end the game.
Gardner-Webb collected 12 hits in the game, with Coleman (4-for-4, HR, RBI) leading the charge. Harris (2-for-4), McFarland (2-for-4) and Collins (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) also had multiple hits for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Andrew Barnett (2-3) picked up the win, scattering nine hits and four runs through 6.0 innings. Izokovic hurled 3.0 innings for his eighth save of the season, allowing just two hts and striking out three.
Reliever Jeremy Sluder (1-1) took the mound loss for Western Carolina, giving up two runs on two hits in 1.0 inning out of the pen. Jon Nadale allowed just two earned runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings of a no decision start for the Catamounts.
Western Carolina got two hits each from White (2-for-4), Dykota Spiess (2-for-4, 2 2B) and Ridings (2-for-4, HR, RBI) to pace an 11-hit evening at the plate.
The Runnin' Bulldogs will travel to Birmingham, Ala., this weekend to battle Conference USA member UAB in a three-game series. The two teams will play Friday night at 6:00 pm, Saturday at 2:00 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm.
VIRGINIA TECH 4, COASTAL CAROLINA 3 (10) | BOX SCORE
Virginia Tech scored one in the ninth and one in the 10th to complete a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Coastal Carolina Tuesday evening at English Field. The Hokies improve to 26-13 and he Chanticleers fall to 24-12.
In the 10th, Ronnie Shaban had a leadoff double and Chad Pinder followed with a bunt single, putting runners on the corners. Kyle Wernicki got a chopper up the middle past a drawn-in infield to deliver the game winner.
Aaron Burke, who entered the game as the NCAA leader in ERA, suffered the loss, falling to 4-3. He allowed nine hits and three runs (two earned) over 2.1 innings. Tanner McIntyre improved to 3-0 after working a perfect 10th.
In the top of the third, Coastal loaded the bases with no outs. Justin Creel had a leadoff double, Tripp Martin was hit by a pitch and Brian Pruett laid down a sacrifice bunt but reached on a throwing error. Jacob May singled through the left side to drive in Creel and keep the bases loaded. Alex Buccilli would hit into a double play, but Martin was able to score on the play for a 2-0 lead.
In the home half, Javier Reynoso gave up a leadoff walk, got a fly out and surrendered a single to put runners on the corners. Devin Bradley came out of the bullpen and kept the Hokies off the board by getting a pop out and ground out.
In the fifth, Pinder had a one-out double and scored when Brendon Hayden singled through the left side of the infield. Alex Perez followed with a single, putting runners on the corners. Ryan Connolly came on to get a foul out and a ground out to keep the score 2-1 in the Chants' favor.
Coastal manufactured a run in the eighth. Daniel Bowman drew his second walk of the game. Two batters later, Coastal perfectly executed a hit-and-run. Bowman started for second base and Tucker Frawley hit a seeing-eye single through the hole. The ball was not hit very hard by Frawley, allowing Bowman to score all the way from first for 3-1 CCU lead.
The run proved key as Tyler Horan hit the first pitch of the home half over the center field wall, making the score 3-2. However, Virginia Tech tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth. Hayden had infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Gabe Ortiz followed with a bunt single. On the play, a throwing error allowed Hayden to score the tying run.
Coastal got the leadoff man on to start the 10th as pinch hitter Keith Picconi was hit by a pitch. Luke Willis came on to pinch run. He stole second but would be retired at third on a sacrifice bunt attempt.
This marks the second time Coastal has dropped an extra inning road game to an Atlantic Coast Conference school this season, falling 7-6 at fifth-ranked North Carolina on Mar. 28. The Chants also recently fell in 10 innings last Tuesday on the road to Colonial Athletic Association leader UNC Wilmington.
Coastal Carolina returns to action April 20 (6 pm), 21 (6 pm) and 22 (2 pm), hosting High Point.
NOTE: Tucker Frawley threw out a base runner to end the bottom of the second ... He has thrown out 16 of 30 base runners this season, 11 of his last 17 and, dating back to April 5, 2011 at Clemson, has thrown out 27 of his last 52.
CLEMSON 3, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 2 | BOX SCORE
After falling behind early, Charleston Southern (14-25) used an offensive attack that included three doubles to tie the ball game before Clemson (21-17) would eventually claw their way to the win on Tuesday evening, 3-2 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers drew first blood when, with two outs in the bottom of the first, Richie Shaffer took a 3-2 fastball from CSU starter Kevin Buran just over the left field wall for his eighth home run of the season and a 1-0 Clemson lead.
Clemson would stretch their lead out to 2-0 in the bottom of the third. Tyler Slaton walked to start the frame and Jason Stolz followed with a single thru the left side. Both runners moved up 90 feet on a Buran wild pitch and Slaton would cross home when Steve Wilkerson picked up his 20th RBI of the year on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
The Buccaneers would even things up in the top half of the sixth when John Faircloth singled to lead off the inning off Tiger starter Daniel Gosset. Alex Tomasovich then drew a walk that would end Gosset's night, as he would be relieved by Mike Kent. Chase Shelton greeted Kent with a doubled to left center that scored Faircloth for his 20th RBI of the year, making it 2-1. Walt Quattlebaum then knotted the game 2-2 with a sacrifice fly to left center, his 16th RBI of the season that plated Tomasovich.
Tied at two in the top of the ninth, the Bucs would get runners to 2nd and 3rd with one out but Faircloth grounded out to second and Tomasovich hit a line drive to left field that Jay Baum dove and came up with for the final out of the inning.
CSU reliever Austin Weekley issued a leadoff walk to Slaton to start the bottom half of the ninth inning. Stolz promptly moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt before Weekley induced a flyout from Wilkerson for the second out of the inning. However, Clemson center fielder Tyler Brittle would come thru with a single to left field and the throw to the plate would not be in time to get Slaton as the winning run crossed for the Tigers.
Shaffer, Baum and Mike Dunster led the Tigers offensively with two hits a piece.
The Buccaneers collected nine hits on the evening as Ison and Faircloth each went 2-for-5, Shelton turned in a 2-for-4 performance, and sophomore Thomas Levander chipped in going 2-for-2 at the plate.
Patrick Andrews (1-2) got the win in relief for Clemson as he came in to get the final two outs in the top of the ninth allowing just one hit.
Weekley (1-5) was the tough-luck loser for the Bucs giving up the one run (one earned) on one hit and one walk in one inning of work.
Charleston Southern got a quality start from Buran. He went 5 1/3 innings allowing two runs (both earned) on six hits and three walks. He struck out one.
Denis Buckley turned in a stellar relief appearance for the Bucs as he relieved Buran, going 2 1/3 innings without allowing a run and surrendering just two hits.
Charleston Southern will face a quick turn-around as they will return to action tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. as they host Savannah State at CSU Ballpark.
#6 NORTH CAROLINA 10, HIGH POINT 5 | BOX SCORE
The High Point University baseball team fell to No. 6 North Carolina, 10-5, on Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Panthers scored three runs in the ninth but couldn't complete the comeback against the Tarheels.
Cody Manzella made his first collegiate plate appearance to lead off the ninth inning and walked on four straight balls. He came around to score on a double by Willie Medina. Sal Pezzino and Ryne Rush had back-to-back RBI singles to make it a 10-5 game.
Carolina broke the game open with three runs in the fourth inning. HPU starter Jared Avidon walked two batters before Joe Goodman came in from the bullpen. The first batter Goodman faced, Jacob Stallings, reached on a throwing error by Rush, allowing a run to score. Cody Stubbs followed it with a bouncing single up the middle to drive home a run. The Tarheels final run of the inning came in to score on a bunt by Michael Russel and UNC led 6-1 after four innings.
Avidon went 3-1/3 innings in his eighth start of the season. He allowed five runs on six hits while walking four and striking out two batters. He is 1-3 for the year.
The Panthers scored their first run in the second inning. Rush led off the frame with a double down the leftfield line. He came around to score on Ryan Retz's single up the middle.
Shane Taylor pitched five innings for the Tarheels, allowing one run on five hits for his fourth win of the season. He had one strikeout and one walk in the game.
HPU had a chance to get back in the game in the sixth inning. UNC relief pitcher Cody Penny walked Rush and Retz with one out. The Tarheels brought in a lefty, Tate Parrish, to face Devin Bujnovsky. Bujnovsky worked a walk to load the bases for Josh Spano. Chris McCue came out of the UNC bullpen and got Spano to pop up on the first pitch. Mike Miedzianowski looked at strike three on the outside corner to end the inning without the Panthers scoring a run.
North Carolina added four runs in the seventh inning to make it a 10-1 game. Chaz Frank tripled off Will Resnik with the bases loaded. Two of the runners belonged to Joe Goodman. Goodman pitched three innings of relief, allowing three earned runs on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Bujnovsky hit his second homerun of the season in the eighth inning to make it a 10-2 Tarheel lead. Bujnovsky took the 1-2 pitch from Luis Paula over the rightfield wall.
Pezzino singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. The streak tops his previous career best of 15 games from March 24-April 23, 2012.
Rush and Medina both went 2-4 with a run scored and one RBI in the game. Pezzino also collected two hits on the night.
The Panthers continue a string of six straight games on Wednesday at Elon. First pitch at Latham Park is set for 6:30 p.m.
THE CITADEL 10, WINTHROP 3 | BOX SCORE
The Winthrop baseball team surrendered eight runs in the final three innings of play on Tuesday evening as it dropped a 10-3 decision to The Citadel Bulldogs at The Winthrop Ballpark.
The Eagles fall to 12-26 on the season, while the Bulldogs improve to 17-21 overall.
Connor Walsh (1-0) earned the win tossing 2.0 scoreless innings and gave up two hits, one walk and one strikeout. Preston Johnson (1-6) took the loss pitching 4.2 innings allowing two runs on six hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Johnson's six strikeouts tie his career-high for the second time this season.
The game was scoreless until the top of the third when Mason Davis gave The Citadel a 2-0 lead on his second home run of the season, a two-run shot, to right field scoring Nick Orvin. Johnson was able to get Johnathan Stokes to fly out and Hughston Armstrong to ground out to start the inning before allowing a single to center field to Orvin.
Winthrop trimmed its deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth on Max Vogel's RBI single to right field, which brought in Patrick Gamblin. Gamblin led off the sixth inning with a single to left field, then stole second base and moved to third on a single to left field by Matt Lobacz.
The Bulldogs broke the game open with a five-run seventh inning to go ahead 7-1. The inning was highlighted by a pinch-hit two RBI double to left field by Tyler Griffin, while Davis and Grant Richards added an RBI each. Armstrong scored the first run of the inning on a wild pitch by Eagle reliever Austin Staurt.
The Citadel extended its lead to 10-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth after plating two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth. Justin Mackert and Grant Richards each had an RBI in the eighth, while Jackson posted an RBI sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Winthrop would drive in two runs in its half of the ninth to end the game with a 10-3 score. Chas Crane hit a solo home run, his second of the season, to start the inning and Justin Hopper added an RBI sacrifice fly three batters later.
Patrick Gamblin led the Eagles offensively with three hits, while Hopper, Crane and Vogel had one RBI each. Orvin finished the game with a team-high four hits for the Bulldogs, and Davis added three RBI.
Winthrop will be back in action on Wednesday, Apr. 18 as it travels to Greenville, S.C. to face the Furman Paladins at Latham Stadium. First pitch is schedule for 6 p.m.