Camels down Duke, keep hot start going
Elijah Trail drove in three runs and Logan Self pitched four shutout innings to lead Campbell past Duke, 9-3, Wednesday at Jack Coombs Field.
The Fighting Camels move to 7-1 with the win, their sixth straight win, while Duke falls to 4-3 on the season. The Camels have won three of the last four over the Blue Devils in the series.
Trail blasted his second home run of the year in the fourth inning before pushing across two in the ninth on a double. Five other Camels also posted two-hit days, with Michael Felton driving in two runs on a 2-for-5 day. Ben McQuown, Brent Graham, Michael DeLucia and Clayton Brown joined Trail and Felton with two hits.
Self came on in relief of CU starter Ryan Mattes to pitch the final four frames, picking up his first save of the year. The Kernersville native retired 12 of 13 batters faced, allowing a hit and a walk while fanning four.
Mattes, a senior, went 5.0 innings with five hits, three runs, all earned, a walk and two strikeouts to improve to 3-0 on the year.
Duke struck first in the bottom of the second when Chris Marconcini’s solo homer stayed just inside the right field foul pole.
In the Camel third, Brown led off with a triple into the right-center gap, then scored on a McQuown sacrifice fly to right, tying the game at 1-1.
Trail opened the fourth with a solo blast to left. Brown doubled to left-center with two out in the inning, scoring DeLucia and Jesse Simmons to give the Camels a 4-1 lead.
After Duke scored two in the bottom of the fourth, Campbell added another in the top of the fifth. Graham kick-started the Campbell answer with a triple to center and scored on a Felton RBI groundout.
Three scoreless stanzas later, Campbell began the ninth with four straight hits, starting with another leadoff hit for McQuown. Back-to-back doubles from Felton and Trail gave the Camels an 8-3 lead and with two out DeLucia’s RBI base hit scored Trail to put Campbell ahead 9-3.
Duke’s James Marvel (0-1) was charged with the loss, scattering five hits, five runs, all earned, a walk and a strikeout in four innings. Marvel was the first of seven Duke pitchers to see work in the game.
Marconcini led the Blue Devils with a 2-for-3 day and two runs. Anthony D’Alessandro and Kenny Koplove also recorded RBI hits for Duke.
The Camels will host Lafayette Friday at 3 p.m. in the first of a three-game series at Jim Perry Stadium.