Camels take sweep into postseason play
No. 28 Campbell used four-run sixth and seventh innings to finish the regular season with a 9-6 win over visiting New Orleans Saturday at Jim Perry Stadium.
Campbell will take a 46-9 overall record into next week's Big South Championships. UNO finished its 2013 campaign 7-44. The win is Campbell's ninth in a row, tying a season-best streak.
Campbell took games one and two of the series 14-0 and 6-0. The Camels went 31-5, setting a program record for home wins in a season, in their inaugural season at Jim Perry Stadium.
Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Will Albertson, Ben McQuown and Brent Graham singled to lead off the inning, loading the bases. Michael Felton's sacrifice fly put the Camels on the board.
David Olson followed with his third home run of the season, a three-run shot to left, to make it 5-4.
After a scoreless top of the seventh, Nick Ray led off the home half of the inning with a hit. Albertson doubled the senior home to knot the game at five-all. Graham and Elijah Trail posted RBI base hits in the inning and Olson scored his second run of the game on a UNO error to give Campbell the 8-5 lead.
The teams traded runs in the eighth, with Zacary Hawkins' solo homer to right and McQuown's RBI single.
Ryan Thompson earned the win in relief to move to 8-0 on the season, allowing a run on four hits with three strikeouts in three innings.
The Privateer home run broke a streak of 29.1 innings for Thompson without an earned run. The streak dated back to April 5.
CU starter Hector Cedano went 4.2 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits with four punchouts and a walk.
Albertson, a freshman from Sophia, went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI. McQuown and Graham ended the day with two hits and a RBI each, with Graham scoring twice. McQuown picked up his 49th stolen base of the season.
The Big South Championships begin Tuesday in Lynchburg, Va. The Camels have the No. 1 seed in the tournament, capturing the BSC North Division title with a 19-5 league record.