Campbell, High Point Highlight Tuesday's Baseball Action

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CAMPBELL 13, RIDER 10
Michael Felton was four-for-five with three RBI and three runs scored to lead Campbell past Rider 13-10 in a slugfest on Tuesday night at Taylor Field.  Ryan Koopman (1-2) pitched four relief innings of two-hit ball for the Camels to pick up the win as the Camels improve their winning streak to nine games.

Rider got off to a quick start, scoring four runs in the first innings off Camel starter Paul Eyster.  The Broncs mounted the rally with two outs, putting together four consecutive singles after a one-out walk.  Ken Kremer capped the scoring with a two-RBI single up the middle to give Rider the early 4-0 lead.

CU got two runs back immediately in the bottom half of the frame, with Felton beginning his night with a RBI double that scored Ben McQuown.  McQuown had reached via a hit by pitch from Rider starter Zach Mawson, the first of six hit by pitches drawn by Camel batters during the game.  Jake Kirkland then reached on an error, scoring Felton from third base. Mawson took the loss for Rider, falling to 0-2 this season.

In the second inning, the Camels began the frame with three consecutive base hits before McQuown laid down a sacrifice bunt.  Felton then added another RBI double.  When Bryce Grady singled through the left side to score Felton, Campbell had taken a 6-4 lead that they would not relinquish.

The Broncs drew within one run in the third inning, chasing Eyster from the mound after a leadoff double from Adam Wayman.  Greg Fazio doubled home Wayman to bring Rider to within 6-5, the closest the Broncs would be the rest of the way.

Koopman settled in for Campbell in his middle relief role, striking out four batters in his four innings of work while not allowing a base hit in his last two innings.

After pushing a single run across in the sixth inning, the Camels seemed to put the game away with a six-run seventh.  CU batted around in the frame, with three Rider pitchers combining to hit three Camel batters and walk two others.  Grady and Brent Graham each recorded two-RBI base hits in the inning as part of four Campbell hits.

Rider did not go away, rallying for five runs in the top of the eighth before David Olson entered from the Camel bullpen with one runner on base and two outs in a 13-10 game.  Olson recorded consecutive strikeouts to end the threat and then completed his second save of the season after closing out the game in the ninth.

Campbell moves to 14-3 on the season while Rider falls to 5-8. The two teams meet Wednesday night at 6 p.m. to conclude the two-game mid-week series.

HIGH POINT 9, NORTH CAROLINA A&T 2
The High Point University baseball team won its fourth game in a row, topping North Carolina A&T 9-2 on Tuesday at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.  Junior Ryan Retz got the win and junior Willie Medina went 3-5 with two doubles and two RBI.

Retz went 6-1/3 innings for his second win of the season.  He allowed two runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts.  He improves his record to 2-2 for the season.

The Panthers improve to 12-7 with the win while North Carolina A&T falls to 6-11.

Medina doubled and Sal Pezzino walked in the first inning.  Both runners took off for a double steal and the North Carolina A&T catcher threw the ball past the third baseman, allowing Medina to score and give HPU a 1-0 lead.

Ryne Rush led off the second with a triple Spencer Angelis drove him home with a single to rightfield.  Medina picked up the first of two RBI in the game with a single to score Angelis. HPU led 3-0 at the end of two innings.

N.C. A&T snapped HPU's scoreless streak at 23 innings, putting two runs on the board in the third inning.  The Aggies stacked four singles and a fielder's choice in the inning to push across two runs.  Retz got out of the inning with a grounder back to the mound and a foul pop up to Pezzino at first base.

Medina added an RBI double in the fourth and Angelis drove in his second run of the game with a single in the fifth. 

Retz left the game with two runners on and one out in the seventh inning.  Freshman Joe Goodman got a double play off the bat of Andre McKoy to end the inning. Goodman went 1-2/3 innings with two strikeouts.

Medina finished the game 3-5 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored.  Angelis went 2-5 with three RBI and Rush had two hits with one RBI and a run scored.

The High Point University baseball team will travel to Missouri for a three-game series with the Tigers. Friday's first pitch is set for 7 p.m.

#2 SOUTH CAROLINA 5, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 2
A late rally wasn't enough to overcome an early deficit as the Charleston Southern Buccaneers (5-12) fell to the two-time defending national champions of South Carolina (14-1) by a score of 5-2 on Tuesday evening at Carolina Stadium in Columbia.

Charleston Southern was led offensively by Alex Tomasovich and Chase Shelton, who each went 2-for-4 with a run.  Walt Quattlebaum and Jaren Sustar each recorded an RBI; Sustar was also credited with a stolen base.

Kevin Buran (0-2) got the start for the Bucs, going 5.1 innings with three runs off nine hits and three strikeouts.  He was relieved by Corey Deighan, who gave up two runs, one earned, off of one hit.  Zach Hagaman and Ryan Gunther then combined to pitch 1.2 scoreless innings to close out the game as the Bucs surrendered 11 hits to the Gamecocks.

South Carolina used six total pitchers on the evening, with Adam Westmoreland (1-0) earning the win.  Westmoreland threw 5.2 innings, giving up one run off of four hits with one walk and four strikeouts.  Forest Koumas also pitched 2.1 innings, striking out four batters as the Bucs collected eight hits off of the USC pitching staff.

Tanner English went 3-for-4 for a run for the Gamecocks, while Erik Payne and LB Danzler each had two hits and an RBI.  Grayson Geiner, who entered the game to pinch hit, recorded two RBI on the day.

Bobby Ison had a base hit in the first at-bat of the game, but couldn't make it past first.  The Gamecocks' leadoff hitter also got on as Evan Marzilli doubled to left field.  He was driven home by Kyle Martin to put South Carolina up 1-0 in the bottom of the first.
Christian Walker doubled in the bottom of the third and was drive home on a single by Danzler to put the Gamecocks up 2-0.   

Dantzler then crossed home plate on an Erik Payne triple as USC took a 3-0 lead after three innings of play. 

The Bucs made it on the board in the top of the sixth when Tomasovich scored on a single by Sustar.  Shelton followed that with a single to right field, putting Sustar in scoring position.  However, Nolan Belcher struck out Brian Welch to end the inning with the Bucs down 3-1.

Deighan replaced Buran in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases in the top of the seventh.  He was replaced by Hagaman, who gave up a single to Grayson Greiner that scored Adam Matthews and English as South Carolina padded its lead at 5-1.

CSU added another run in the bottom of the ninth as Shelton, who doubled to put himself in scoring position was brought home on a double by Quatttlebaum to put the final score at 5-2.

The Buccaneers will head south to Savannah, Ga., for a Wednesday evening match up at Savannah State.  First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Tiger Field. 

OLD DOMINION 13, VMI 12 (10)
Jacob Morley went 4 for 6 with two home runs and five RBI, but the Old Dominion Monarchs rallied from deficits of 5-0 and 12-10 to defeat the VMI Keydets, 13-12, in 10 innings Tuesday at Bud Matheny Baseball Complex in Norfolk, Va.

After VMI (6-8) jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, Old Dominion (5-10) scored three times in the third, all on a home run by Josh Wright. Morley hit a two-run shot in the fourth, pushing the lead back to four, but the Monarchs scored seven times in the fourth to take a 10-7 lead. Five of the seven runs in the innings were unearned.

The Keydets then got two more runs back in the fifth, before the teams matched zeros until the eighth. VMI struck for three runs in that inning, with the big blow being another Morley home run, but ODU answered with two in the bottom half to knot the score, 12-12.

The contest then went to extra innings, and after VMI went in order in its half, ODU's Wright walked with two outs in the bottom half against reliever Alan Watts (1-2). He then stole second, and the next batter was intentionally walked. Backup catcher Michael Perez, who entered the game hitting .087, bounced a single through the left side, and Wright's slide at home beat the throw to the plate, giving ODU the victory.

Morley's career effort came on his birthday, as he posted the first multi-homer game of his career. The senior needed just a double for the cycle after his first three at-bats, but his final three tries ended in a strikeout, his second home run and another strikeout. Regardless, the effort led an 18-hit attack, a total that marked a season-high for the Keydets.

Watts took the loss for the Keydets, as he surrendered Wright's run in the 10th. Overall, he allowed five hits in 2 1/3 innings, while Brandon Smith (3-0) earned the win for ODU, giving up one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings.

VMI jumped out to a 2-0 lead just five batters into the game, as Gary LeClair led off the game with a hustling double. Two batters later, he scored on Morley's single to put the Keydets on the board. Michael Donovan then plated Andrew Montague with a single, putting the Keydets up 2-0 after half an inning.

That lead grew to 3-0 in the second, as Brandon Diamond led off with a double and scored on George Piccirilli's two-out RBI double. ODU then threatened in its half, putting runners at second and third with no outs, but Garrett emerged unscathed. The freshman induced a fielder's choice at home for the first out, and then got a line drive right at Donovan, who fielded the ball moving toward second base. The freshmen then dove, glove outstretched, and his glove beat the runner back to the bag, resulting in a double play and ending the inning.

The Keydets pushed the margin to five in the third, as Morley led off with a triple and scored on Donovan's RBI single. Two batters later, Diamond doubled once again, scoring Donovan and making it 5-0, VMI.

ODU cut it to 5-3 in the third on Wright's homer, but Morley answered with a long ball of his own, blasting a home run to straightaway center field with two outs in the fourth, putting VMI up 7-3.

John Garrett relieved to start the fourth inning, and Joey Burney homered as the first batter to face him, cutting the lead to 7-4. In fact, the first three batters reached against John Garrett, and the fourth had a sacrifice fly to make it a two-run game, 7-5. The junior then settled down and induced a potential double play ground ball that could have ended the inning, but the ball was misplayed by Donovan for an error, extending the frame.

The next batter hit a chopper to third base for another possible double play, but Chase Worthington's throw hit off the web of Donovan's glove for a second error, and the next batter, Chris Baker, hit a grand slam to right field to put ODU up, 10-7.  Only two runs in the inning, those that came before the errors, were earned.

The Keydets came right back in the fifth, and mounted a two-out rally to do so. After the first two batters were retired, Diamond doubled yet again and scored on Nick Dwyer's single. Dwyer then stole second and scored on LeClair's RBI single, making it 10-9, ODU. LeClair followed by stealing second, and Piccirilli was hit by a pitch, but Andrew Montague then flew out to right, ending the inning.

Meanwhile, John Garrett settled down and retired eight in a row at one point, as the teams matched zeros until the Keydet eighth. Piccirilli led off with a single, but was forced out when Montague's sacrifice bunt attempt resulted in an out at second base. The next batter, Morley, blasted his second home run of the day, this one to left field, and the Keydets had an 11-10 lead. Rob Dickinson singled with two outs in the inning to drive home another run, making it 12-10, VMI.

ODU responded in its half, as two of the first three hitters walked against Travis Thomas. That brought on Watts, who struck out the first hitter, but then gave up back to back RBI singles to Wright and Baker to tie the game, 12-12. Neither team could score in the ninth, and the contest headed to extra innings, setting the stage for ODU's victory.

In addition to Morley's efforts, Diamond had three doubles in his second career start, Donovan went 4 for 6 at the plate and Piccirilli added four hits of his own. Wright and Baker drove in five runs apiece for ODU, while Burney had four hits in five trips to the plate.

Neither starter figured in the decision, as Reed Garrett pitched three innings in his return from injury, allowing three runs on three hits, while Kevin Griffey left after two frames and was charged with three runs.

VMI baseball will return to action Wednesday, taking on Old Dominion once again. The contest will be held at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton, Va., and game time is set for 6 p.m.

BRYANT 6, LIBERTY 2
The Bryant Bulldogs broke a 2-2 tie with a two-out run in the seventh inning, en route to a 6-2 victory over the Liberty Flames, Tuesday at Worthington Stadium.

Despite a strong outing from starter Jared Lyons, the Flames drop their second straight contest and fall to 16-3 on the year.  Bryant moves to 5-8.

The visiting Bulldogs jumped on the scoreboard in the second inning, striking for two runs with two outs.  First baseman Jamie Skagerlind doubled and a scored on left fielder Jordan Mountford's first home run of the year, giving Bryant a 2-0 advantage.

Held hitless through the first five innings, Liberty broke through with three hits and plated two runs to knot the contest in the sixth. With one out, center fielder Andy Smith singled for the first Flames' hit.  After second baseman Bryan Aanderud was hit by a pitch and designated hitter Tyler Cox walked to load the bases, pinch hitter Michael Robertson singled to plate two runs and tie the contest at 2-2.

In the top of the seventh inning, Bryant went back in front for good. With one out, designated hitter Mike Delponte was hit by a pitch and two batters later, moved into scoring position on a wild pitch.  Skagerlind followed with a single to bring home Delponte to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 edge.

Bryant added three insurance runs in the top of the eighth.  After Mountford singled to lead off the frame, catcher Jonathan Scott lifted his first home run of the year over the left field fence to up the Bulldog advantage to 5-2. Later in the inning, Bryant added a run on a RBI double by second baseman David Soltis for the final score of 6-2.

Lyons drops to 0-2 on the year. The left-hander allowed three runs on four hits over seven innings.  He struck out five and did not walk a batter.

Bryant reliever Jonathan Cohen moves to 1-0 on the year.  The second Bulldog pitcher in the contest, Cohen pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.  He walked one batter.

Three Bryant pitchers limited the Flames to four hits in the game, while Bryant collected seven hits. Skagerlind and Mountford had two hits each for the Bulldogs.

Liberty will host the James Madison Dukes, tomorrow afternoon at Worthington Stadium.  First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

VIRGINIA TECH 7, RADFORD 3
Virginia Tech scored six unanswered runs from the bottom of the sixth on to rally for a 7-3 win over Radford on Tuesday night.

The Highlanders (8-9) led the game through the middle of the sixth, but the Hokies (13-4) got three in the bottom of the inning, then a three-run home run by Andrew Rash (5) in the bottom of the seventh to take control.  Five of Virginia Tech's runs came with two outs.

Matt Mack and Carl Travers had two hits each for Radford.  Right-handed starter Cory Turner went five innings, struck out four and allowed two earned runs, leaving the game with the lead.

Jake Atwell went 3-for-4 with a pair of sixth-inning RBIs on a game-tying single.  Johnny Morales added a 3-for-5 game and scored three of Tech's seven runs.

Lefty reliever Eddie Campbell picked up the win (2-0) for the Hokies, allowing a run in 3 1/3 innings of work after entering in the fifth.

Radford struck first after Turner walked and Travers singled to lead off the third.   With Turner at third base, Josh Gardiner's squeeze bunt brought him home, and Zach Costello's single on the next play scored Travers to give Radford a 2-0 lead.

The Highlanders added another in the top of the sixth on a groundball double play to the right side that scored Mack from third, making it a 3-1 Radford lead.

Derrick Brewer was charged with the loss (0-1), allowing both runners he inherited and then another to score in the sixth.

Radford returns home to open a three-game set with Marist beginning Friday at 6 p.m.