Camels head to nationally ranked NC State Wednesday

Mar. 06, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Campbell puts its nine-game winning streak on the line at nationally-ranked North Carolina State. First pitch is slated for noon this afternoon at N.C. State's Doak Field.

The Camels have matched their best 11-game start in program history at 10-1. Campbell is receiving votes in a pair of national polls this week, including the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division I Poll, which ranks the nation’s top-30 teams.

The Wolfpack, also 10-1 on the year, are winners of 10 straight. N.C. State is ranked No. 12 in this week’s NCBWA poll and No. 8 Collegiate Baseball poll.

The Camels are also just outside of the College Baseball Daily Mid-Major Poll, which ranks teams not in the traditional “big six conferences” (ACC, Big West, Big 12, CUSA, Pac 12 and SEC). Campbell is the second team listed in the “others receiving votes” category.

Junior infielder Elijah Trail leads the Camels on the season with a .390 average, adding three home runs, six doubles, 15 RBI and 15 runs scored. Senior outfielder Ben McQuown is batting .366 with three homers, adding a team-high 16 runs and going 18-for-18 in stolen base attempts. Brent Graham adds a .387 average with 12 runs while David Olson hits .364 with 14 runs.

The Campbell pitching staff is led by senior righthander Ryan Mattes, who carries a 3-0 record with a 3.15 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 20.0 innings pitched. Matt Marksberry and Heath Bowers are also 2-0 on the season, posting 2.55 and 1.98 ERAs. Junior righty Ryan Thompson adds a 0.87 ERA in a team-high five appearances and three saves. Logan Self is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three chances with one save.

Trea Turner leads the Wolfpack with a .477 average on the season, scoring 21 runs while knocking in 11. The sophomore infielder adds five stolen bases with five doubles and two home runs. Senior outfielder Brett Williams adds a .390 average with a team-high 15 RBI and three homers.

Sophomore ace Carlos Rodon paces the NCSU hurlers with a 1-1 record and a 2.70 ERA, posting 38 strikeouts in 20.0 innings pitched.

The Wolfpack holds a 32-11-1 advantage in the series with CU. The schools have split the last eight match-ups. In their last meeting, Campbell downed No. 18 N.C. State 8-6 in Buies Creek.

Next up for the Camels will be a weekend series with Fairleigh Dickenson. Campbell will host the Knights Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. in a doubleheader.