HIGH POINT, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Ryan Retz and Mike Miedzianowski each batted in three runs and No. 7 seed High Point withstood a late rally to defeat No. 2 Campbell, 9-5, in Game 10 of the 2012 Big South Baseball Championship presented by Brookwood Farms BBQ and Triangle Rent A Car at Williard Stadium on the campus of High Point University. The Panthers improve to 28-30 and will play No. 1 Coastal Carolina in the semifinals on Friday afternoon. Campbell falls to 41-18 and is eliminated from the tournament.
High Point's victory marks the first time since 2000 that the No. 7 seed is among the remaining four teams in the tournament, and is also just the second time the No. 7 seed has defeated the No. 2 seed in 11 overall meetings -- the last time being 1990.
Campbell opened the game's scoring with a run in the first inning. With one out, Ben McQuown reached on an infield single and moved to second on a throwing error. Michael Felton followed with a single up the middle to bring home McQuown with the 1-0 lead.
High Point immediately countered with four runs in the next frame to jump ahead, 4-1. Josh Spano singled with one out and moved to second on Sean Wilson's base hit. Devin Bujnovsky walked to load the bases, and Campbell shortstop Brent Graham mishandled Retz's grounder, which scored Spano to tie the game at 1-1. Miedzianowski's sacrifice fly brought home Wilson, and Willie Medina lined a single to left to score Retz and Bujnovsky. That was enough to pull Campbell starter Paul Eyster.
The Camels got one run back in the bottom of the second when Graham drew a two-out walk and eventually scored on McQuown's single to left that cut HPU's lead to 4-2.
The Panthers tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning. Spencer Angelis walked and later reached third on Wilson's single to right. Bujnovsky followed with a double down the right field line to score Angelis and chase Campbell reliever Andrew Jacobsen. New pitcher Ryan Mattes intentionally walked Retz to load the bases and then gave up a two-run single to Miedzianowski that made the score 7-2.
High Point extended its lead to 9-2 in the sixth inning and the seven-run lead remained until the bottom of the eighth when Campbell cut the deficit to 9-4 on a Jimmy Brenneman two-run double with one out. The Camels then loaded the bases and scored when new High Point pitcher Joe Goodman walked in a run to make the score 9-5. But Goodman then struck out both David Olson and Nick Ray to escape further damage. He retired the side in order in the ninth to preserve the win.
Making just his third start of the season, Jaime Schultz (4-3) scattered eight hits in seven innings to earn the win. He allowed two runs (one earned) and walked two while striking out seven batters. Miedzianowski, Medina, Spano and Wilson each had two hits for the Panthers.
Brenneman, McQuown and Graham tallied two hits each for Campbell. Eyster (3-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs (one earned), four hits and two walks in just two innings.
High Point Head Coach Craig Cozart
"I can't say enough about the resiliency of the team. We came out ready to play. We had outstanding aggression and approach at the plate. Jaime Schultz was sensational again and Joe Goodman did a great job out of the bullpen. I am very proud of the guys and excited to have the opportunity to play on Friday."
Campbell Head Coach Greg Goff
"It was hard to see a great season come to an end, but our team battled hard all season. We had a tremendous year in many aspects and I appreciate the efforts of all of our players, especially the seniors. These guys have put Campbell Baseball on the map and we look forward to what the future holds."