BUIES CREEK — Campbell was held to five hits as William & Mary defeated the Camels 4-2 in baseball Friday afternoon at Jim Perry Stadium.
Tribe lefty Bodie Sheehan (1-1) gave up two runs over seven innings on the way to his first win of the season. The junior from Cumming, Ga., struck out four and walked one.
Campbell right-hander Wes Noble (1-2) took the loss, surrendering four runs on six hits over five innings.
Wade Strain picked up the save, as the sophomore righty held the Camels scoreless in the bottom of the ninth.
Christian Jones (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) drove in Campbell’s only runs of the day with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth, while Luis Gimenez (1-for-4), Tyler Anshaw (1-for-3) and Zach Minnick (1-for-4) each collected a single for the Camels.
Gimenez has posted at least one hit in each of the past seven games, which ties Matthew Barefoot for the longest hit streak by a Camel this season.
Redshirt senior Harry Thomas pitched the final four innings for the Camels, allowing no runs on two hits with two strikeouts. The reliever lowered his earned run average to a 0.60.
William & Mary (5-10) got on the board first with three runs on four hits in the top of the fifth. Owen Socher (1-for-4) had a two-run single to right field, and on the next at-bat, Nick Butts (1-for-4) singled through the left side to score one more.
The Tribe took a 4-0 lead on another RBI single in the sixth, but the Camels cut the lead to two as Jones cranked his third home run of the season. With Gimenez on third, the Jacksonville, Fla., native sent a 2-2 pitch over the left field wall to make it 4-2. That score would hold for the rest of the game as the Camels went hitless over the final three frames.
Campbell (4-9) will play the Tribe a Saturday doubleheader, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Jim Perry Stadium.
(Campbell media services provided the basis for this report)