BUIES CREEK — UNC Wilmington’s pitching staff held the Campbell bats to one hit Wednesday night at Jim Perry Stadium to earn a 5-1 nonconference baseball win over the Camels.
Blake Deatherage collected the win, going two and two-thirds innings in relief while allowing Campbell’s lone hit and lone run of the night. UNCW starter Brody Lawson went three and one-third innings, striking out two and walking two before he was relieved by Deatherage in the bottom of the fourth due to an injury.
Deatherage got the final two outs in the fourth on a fielder’s choice and flyout, but, in the bottom of the fifth, Tyler Anshaw legged out a double.
Five UNCW pitchers combined to one-hit the Camels for the first time since February 28, 2014.
Senior lefty Phil Simpson was saddled with the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits and no walks in his five innings of work. After allowing three hits in the top of the first, Simpson retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced.
UNCW jumped out to a 2-0 lead by scoring a pair of runs on three hits in the top of the first.
Anshaw led off the fifth with a double that fell in front of the diving left fielder. The senior advanced to third on Grant Harris’ groundout to second before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Matthew Christian, who lifted a 1-2 pitch to deep center field to cut the Seahawk lead in half, 2-1.
UNCW added one run apiece in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings to pull away.
Campbell hosts Big South Conference foe Radford this weekend. The series opener starts Friday at 6 p.m.
(Campbell media services provided the basis for this report)