BUIES CREEK — Campbell picked up its seventh straight Big South Conference baseball win on Senior Night with a 12-3 victory over Winthrop on Tuesday at Jim Perry Stadium.
The Camels are 5-0 this season against the Eagles and have scored a total of 69 runs in those five games.
Six Campbell pitchers combined to allow just three runs on nine hits. The Camels scored at least one run in six different innings. Campbell went without a home run for the first time in 11 games, but still reached double digits in the runs column for the 14th time in Big South play.
Both offenses got on the board early, exchanging sacrifice flies in the first and second innings. Winthrop added one more in the fourth to take the lead, but it didn’t last long.
Trailing 2-1, Campbell quickly answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, one on a stolen base and errant throw followed by an RBI single from Bryce Arnold.
The fourth inning was the first of five consecutive innings that the Camels scored a run.
Campbell broke the game open with a four-run sixth inning. Mason De La Cruz dropped down a suicide squeeze bunt to start the rally, and Packard delivered a two-run single up the middle.
Marcus Skundrich put the game away in the eighth with a pinch-hit bases-clearing triple to right field. That was his first career triple and pushed the lead to 12-3.
Aaron Rund got the midweek start and tossed four and one-third innings for the second week in a row. He allowed five hits, two runs (one earned) and walked one while striking out three. He was followed by
five seniors out of the bullpen. Jack Yusko earned the win after taking over for Rund and tossing an inning.
Spencer Packard went 3-for-3 with three RBIs for Campbell. Eight different Camels recorded a hit.
The Camels return to action this weekend with a key Big South series at USC Upstate, which holds the top spot in the Big South standings with Campbell second. The 3-game series starts Friday at 1 p.m.
(Campbell media services provided the basis for this report)