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Camels Rally Past No. 22 Seahawks In The Ninth, 8-6

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 04/09/2008
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WILMINGTON, N.C. Senior Mike Causey’s 2-out, 2-run single in the ninth broke a 6-all tie and lifted Campbell to an 8-6 win over No. 22 UNC Wilmington in college baseball action Wednesday night at Brooks Field.

Campbell halted a 9-game losing streak to the Seahawks and raised its record to 12-21 on the season. UNCW, meanwhile, fell to 23-7-1 with its second straight loss and third in five games.

Causey, a native of Wilmington, finished with three hits on the game and drove in three runs.

Freshman lefthander Daniel Gardo (4-3) earned the win in relief despite allowing three runs on five hits in two innings of work. Senior Brandon Scott shut down the Seahawks in the ninth for his first save of the season.

Freshman Stephen Harrold (1-2) was saddled with the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, on two hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

Sophomore Bobby Leeper and senior Jason Appel led the Seahawks with three hits each.

Sophomore starter Cody Raisch, who carried an 8.10 ERA into the game, stymied the Seahawks for five-plus innings, allowing just one run on three hits while walking three and striking out three, but didn’t figure in the decision.

Campbell opened the game with a run in the top of the first. Senior outfielder Barefoot misjudged a fly ball off the bat of senior Ryan Hamme, who reached second on the play. After ground out moved him to third, he crossed the plate on junior Carlton Floyd’s single to left one batter later.

The Camels pushed their lead to 2-0 in the second on sophomore Zach Johnson’s ground out to shortstop that plated junior Stephen Parsons, who led off the inning with a walk.

With two outs in the third, Scott connected on his third homer of the season to give the Camels a 3-0 lead.

In the fourth, UNCW senior starter Brett Braxton, who lasted just three innings and was credited with five runs, four being earned, walked the first two hitters before being removed for senior reliever Allen Flood, who promptly moved the runners to second and third with a throwing error on a pickoff to second. An intentional walk loaded the bases and freshman Ellis Lowe rapped a single to plate a run for a 4-0 lead. Flood issued a bases-loaded walk, with two outs, to Scott to make it 5-0.

UNCW finally broke through in the sixth when Appel tripled to right and scored on senior Mark Carver’s ground out.

The Seahawks loaded the bases with none out in the seventh and Appel delivered a 2-run single to narrow the deficit to 5-3. Senior Nate Hall knocked in the third run of the inning with a single to left that scored sophomore pinch runner Matt Holt from second. UNCW tied the game on a wild pitch by Gardo to freshman pinch hitter David Shambley. Shambley broke the deadlock with a double down the right field line that scored Hall.

Hamme answered for the Camels in the top of the eighth with a double off the left field wall that knocked in Causey, who reached on a fielding error by Holt to lead off the inning, to tie the game at 6-all.

In the ninth for CU, Harrold retired the leadoff hitter and had two strikes on Scott, but Scott fought off a fastball for a single to center. With two out, Parsons singled through the right side to put runners at first and second. UNCW brought in reliever Larry Salefsky and Scott stole third on the first pitch. Parsons later moved to second on a wild pitch. With the count 2-2, Causey dumped a single, off the end of his bat, into center field to score both runners.


Notes: Campbell’s last win over the Seahawks was on Apr. 16, 2003 (4-1) ... The Camels knocked in five runs with two out on the night ... The Seahawks dropped consecutive games for the first time since dropping three-in-a-row in Feb. ...The Seahawks finished with five errors on the night, including three throwing errors ... UNCW honored its Men’s Swimming & Diving program, who won its seventh straight conference title, before the game.

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