BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell scored a pair of runs in both the bottom of the fifth and six innings to earn a 4-3 victory over UNC Asheville on Friday evening, as the Camel pitching staff held the Bulldogs hitless over the final three innings to earn the win.
With the win Campbell improves to 29-7 overall, with a 7-3 mark in Big South Conference play while Asheville drops to 16-20 and 5-8 in the league.
Dean Roland (4-4) was credited with the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing four runs on four hits in eight innings of work. Matt Sergey (4-0) picked up the win for the Camels, going seven innings and allowing three runs on six hits.
Ryan Mattes picked up his third save of the season, tossing two shutout innings.
Asheville opened the scoring in the second inning, leading off the frame with two base hits. Hunter Bryant scored on a fielder's choice when he beat out a throw to the plate with no outs to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Sergey got out of the jam with a strikeout and a lineout that the Camels turned into a double play after picking off Aaron Wright at second base.
The Bulldogs added another run in the third inning, securing a two-out single from Eli Miller before an RBI triple from Patrick Koontz gave the visitors a 2-0 advantage. The final Bulldog run of the evening came in the fifth inning when Jordan Lurie's RBI single plated Cody Buch and extended the UNC Asheville advantage to 3-0.
The Fighting Camels broke into the scoring column in the bottom half of the fifth inning, scoring twice on just one hit off Asheville starter Dean Roland. Following Nick Ray's leadoff single, Bryce Grady reached base off a base on balls. After recording a strikeout, Roland then hit the next three Camel batters to score Ray and Grady and bring Campbell within a run at 3-2. Roland regained his control and induced two fly-outs to leave the bases loaded.
Campbell scored two more runs in the sixth inning, again on only one hit. Olson was hit by a pitch to leadoff the frame, the fourth hit batsman of the game for Roland. Ray then singled through the left side, part of his 2-for-4 night as the only CU batter with multiple hits. Olson scored on a sacrifice fly from Grady and Ray came to the plate as the eventual winning run on an RBI fielder's choice groundout by Ben Fish.
The two teams will finish out the series tomorrow with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.