BUIES CREEK — Campbell picked up its first baseball sweep of the season with a 15-6 Big South Conference win over Winthrop on Saturday afternoon. Campbell scored in each of the first three innings and blew the game open with a seven-run seventh.
The sweep was the first for the Camels over Winthrop since taking all three games in Rock Hill on March 23-24, 2012.
Campbell improved to 13-8 overall and 8-5 in the Big South. Winthrop fell to 8-10 on the season and 5-5 in the league.
Both pitching staffs struggled with command throughout the game and issued a combined 21 walks, nine by the Eagles and 12 by the Camels. But Campbell added plenty of its own offense, tallying a season-high 17 hits.
Winthrop walked the first two Camels in the first inning and each came around to score. Bryce Arnold picked up an RBI in the second. Zach Williams and Ty Babin added RBIs in the third to push the lead to 6-2 through three innings.
Logan Heintzman relieved Kuehler in the third and worked three and one-third scoreless innings of relief to earn the win. After Winthrop made it close in the seventh with a pair of runs off Jonathan Beymer to cut it to 6-4, the offense quickly ballooned the lead. The Camels scored seven runs with two outs to push the lead to 13-4. The runs were scored on three RBI singles, an RBI double from Matthew Christian and a two-run triple from Grant Harris.
C.J. Peechatka had a two-run double in the seventh.
Winthrop got two in the ninth, but Brendan Wright struck out three batters in the frame to shut the door.
Ten different Camels recorded an RBI, and four had multiple RBIs. Ty Babin led the way with three hits and three RBIs, marking the second three-hit game of his career and first since 2018.
Campbell and Winthrop meet again this Tuesday in Rock Hill, S.C. for a makeup game that was originally scheduled for March 16.
(Campbell media services provided the basis for this report)