Camels open new stadium with 8-2 win
Campbell opened brand-new Jim Perry Stadium in style Friday afternoon with an 8-2 victory over Eastern Michigan in game one of a doubleheader.
Looking to build off a 41-18 overall record, and a second-place finish in the Big South, the Fighting Camels took an early lead and Ryan Mattes pitched eight strong innings to get the victory.
The new home of the Camels is named for Jim Perry, a Camel great from 1956-59 who went on to win the 1970 Cy Young with the Cleveland Indians. Perry pitched for 17 years in the majors and won 215 games. The official dedication of the stadium is set for March 26 when the Camels host Duke.
The opening series against EMU was shifted due to Saturday’s potential winter weather. A single game Friday and a double-dip Saturday was switched to two games on opening day and a single game today at 1 p.m.
The Camels jumped on top with a four-run rally in the second frame. Elijah Trail’s two-RBI double was the main blow for CU.
The Eagles, in their season-opener as well, scored twice in the top of the fifth. CU answered with four runs in the home half of the fifth.
Matt Nadolski drilled a two-out, three-run double to give CU a 7-2 lead. Trail followed with an RBI single.
Mattes, a senior from Virginia Beach, kept EMU quiet for three more frames after its offense got on the board. Mattes allowed five hits in 8.0 innings, striking out six and walking one. Coley Thompkins came on in relief for a three-up, three-down EMU ninth. Campbell took advantage of four EMU errors while committing none.
Brent Graham went 2-for-3 and scored once while clean-up man David Olson scored two runs for CU.
The Camels welcomed an attendance of 482 for opening day. Jim Perry Stadium has permanent seating for 630.
Following the series with EMU, the Camels are set to play at East Carolina on Tuesday before hosting a four-game series against Hartford next Friday-Sunday.