BUIES CREEK — Allan Winans posted another dominant performance on the mound, striking out 11 batters over seven innings as Campbell opened a Big South Conference baseball series with a 6-1 win over Winthrop on Friday night at Jim Perry Stadium.
Winans, a redshirt senior from Bakersfield, Calif., improved his record to 6-4 with his ninth quality start. The right-hander tossed seven innings of one-run ball, giving up five hits with two walks.
Campbell reliever Logan Bender finished out the game with two scoreless frames, adding two strikeouts and forcing two double-play ground balls.
Winthrop righty Nate Pawelczyk (6-5) took the loss, giving up five earned runs on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
Senior outfielder Jeff Hahs posted his third three-hit outing of the season, including a solo opposite-field home run in the bottom of the eighth. Tyler Anshaw and Zach Minnick had two RBIs apiece.
Campbell (28-20, 18-4 Big South) jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the bottom of the first. After Luis Gimenez and Hahs reached on back-to-back singles, Anshaw lined a hit into left field to score both runners.
Winthrop (22-26, 13-9) cut CU’s lead in half with its only run in the top of the second. Tyler Halstead led off the inning with a double that bounced off third base, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a 4-3 groundout from Cale Gibson.
The Camels extended their lead to 5-1 with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. With Christian Jones and Hahs on second and third, Minnick drove a two-out double deep into the left center gap to plate two runs. The junior catcher from Logan, W.Va., went on to score following two wild pitches from Pawelczyk.
Hahs put the exclamation point on Friday’s win with a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth. The O’Fallon, Ill., native launched the first pitch he saw over the right field wall for his fifth home run in the last 11 games.
Campbell’s pitching staff has racked up 441 strikeouts this season, breaking the all-time program record of 432 set in 2012.
Campbell goes for the series win over Winthrop, Saturday (May 12), with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. at Jim Perry Stadium.
(Campbell media services provided the basis for this report)