ECU Drops Slugfest To Campbell, 8-6

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Junior Zach Houchins

March 14, 2013

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Elijah Trail's bases clearing double in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Campbell (14-2) to an 8-6 win over East Carolina (9-7) Wednesday night at Jim Perry Stadium. The win for the Camels gives them a season sweep over the Pirates for the first time since 1985.

In a back-in-forth contest that saw five lead changes, Campbell got the big base hit when it counted from its four-hole hitter (Trail), who finished the game with six RBI. Trailing 6-5, with two outs and a man on first, Brent Graham drew a walk right before ECU brought in Ryan Williams out of the bullpen to face Preseason All-American Michael Felton. Williams, making his first relief appearance, hit Felton on a full count offering loading the bases for Trail who doubled down the left field line clearing the bases.

David Olson (1-0) picked up the win in relief despite walking three batters in his two scoreless frames. Starter Hector Cedano allowed three runs (all earned) on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 3.1 innings. Logan Self was touched for three runs (all earned) on three hits in 1.2 innings before passing the ball to Olson. Ryan Thompson notched his fourth save of the season working a pair of scoreless frames recording a strikeout.

Jake Harris (1-2) gave up a pair of runs (both earned) on six hits with three walks and a strikeout in 4.1 innings of relief. Andy Smithmyer made his third start of the season where he was touched for five runs (four earned) on five hits with four walks and a punch out in 2.1 innings. Williams allowed a run (earned) closing out the seventh, while Tyler Bolton tossed a perfect eighth with a strikeout.

Campbell got on the board early in the first thanks to Trail's two-run homer to left field. Ben McQuown singled to start the inning then swiped second, his 25th stolen base of the season. Graham walked putting runners on first and second just before Travis Watkins gunned down McQuown trying to steal third. After a wild pitch moved Graham into scoring position and Felton grounded out to third, Trail sent a 1-1 offering from Smithmyer well over the left field wall for his fourth homer of the season.

The Pirates countered with three runs in the second taking a 3-2 lead. Jay Cannon smacked his first round-tripper of the season to left field pulling ECU within one, 2-1. Chris Gosik followed with a walk, took second on Philip Clark's sac bunt to third and landed on third when Zach Houchins reached on an infield single to short. Watkins plated Gosik with a single down the left field line with Houchins sprinting to third. A Cedano wild pitch pushed across Houchins giving ECU its first lead of the contest.

Two runs in the bottom of the second flipped the score in favor of the Camels, 4-3. Trail drew a bases loaded walk scoring Clayton Brown and an error by Jack Reinheimer during Olson's at-bat plated McQuown for the stanzas second run.

Campbell added its fifth run of the night in the third when McQuown doubled to center field on a ball that was popped up behind the bag at second in no-mans land scoring Trevor Lane, who singled through the right side with one out and advanced to second on a wild pitch.

A bases clearing double with two outs in the fifth by Houchins put the Pirates back in the lead at 6-5. Nick Thompson singled to start the inning, Chase McDonald followed with a walk and two batters later, Cannon loaded the bases with an infield single to second. Houchins stepped into the box sending a shot to left center plating all three runs.

Houchins led the Pirates with two hits and three RBI, while McQuown had a team-best three hits for Campbell.

The Pirates will continue their road trip when they head south to Florida to face Jacksonville in a three-game series on Friday, March 15. First pitch is slated 6:30 p.m. (ET).