BUIES CREEK — Campbell dominated a Big South Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday for a 3-game series sweep over UNC Asheville. The Camels took the opening game, 12-2, in seven innings and took the second contest, 9-1.
Campbell improved to 23-13 overall and 18-9 in the Big South. Asheville dropped to 13-24, 12-17. Campbell is 14-4 in doubleheaders this season.
Ryan Chasse pitched a complete game in the opener.
Including Friday’s 19-1 victory, Campbell outscored UNC Asheville 40-4 during the weekend.
Already up 1-0 after one inning, Campbell broke the game open with a seven-run second inning. The Camels sent 13 batters to the plate in the frame and recorded six hits. The big hit in the inning came from Matthew Christian, a three-run shot to left field to cap the scoring in the inning.
Campbell added two more in the fourth on a hit-and-run RBI by Waldy Arias and an RBI double from Bryce Arnold.
One run away from the 10-run rule threshold in the seventh, Christian wasted no time ending the contest with a leadoff solo home run to push the score to 12-2. That gave Christian his third multi-home run game of the season.
Chasse allowed five hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. Both runs for the Bulldogs were earned.
Six Camels had multiple hits, including each of the top four batters in the order.
Campbell picked up where it left off with Connor Denning hitting a two-run blast in the bottom of the first to put the Camels up 2-0.
Four more runs scored in the fourth including back-to-back doubles from Arnold and Denning to put Campbell up 6-0.
Zach Neto extended his hit streak to 18 games with a two-run single in the sixth and a Grant Harris sacrifice fly in the seventh capped the Campbell scoring.
Thomas Harrington who was dominant on the hill. The freshman went a season-high seven innings and struck out a season-high 11 Bulldogs. After allowing a hit in the first, he worked three-up, three-down frames in each of the second through sixth innings without another hit. He allowed a solo home run in the seventh, but that was the only blemish on his line.
Harrington (3-2) yielded three hits, one run (earned) with one walk. Logan Heintzman and Cade Boxrucker
each worked a scoreless inning.
Neto extended his hitting streak to 18 games, the longest by a Camel since Mike Priest reached 20 games during the 2006 season.
Matthew Christian now has three multi-home run games this season. That is the most such games by a Camel since Cole Hallum in 2017.
Campbell pitching allowed only four total runs during the series. That is the fewest allowed in a three-game series since Longwood was limited to four runs on March 21-23, 2014.
Campbell is set for four straight road games beginning Tuesday at North Carolina (ACC Network, 6 p.m.). The Camels visit Radford for a 3-game series, May 7-8.
(Campbell media services provided the basis for this report)