Camels drop series, fall to Winthrop 10-9

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Campbell baseball suffered a 10-9 loss to Winthrop Sunday morning as the Eagles scored six unanswered runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the weekend series.

The Camels hit three solo home runs, getting one each from Tyler Anshaw, Matthew Barefoot and Zach Minnick. Anshaw and Minnick also collected a single and a double to go 3-for-5; senior Luis Gimenez also had a 3-for-5 outing with a trio of singles. Minnick led all hitters with three runs batted in.

Spencer Packard was the other Camel to drive in multiple runs, finishing the day with two, and Collin Wolf registered CU’s other extra-base hit, a double. Campbell had 12 hits to Winthrop’s 14.

Winthrop reliever Braxton Foley (1-0) earned the win, tossing two and two-thirds scoreless innings before closer Colten Rendon sat the Camels down in order in the top of the ninth to collect his seventh save.

Redshirt junior Jonathan Tyler (1-1) took the loss, as he gave up three hits to three batters in the bottom of the eighth, and was responsible for three earned runs.

Rookie starter Ryan Chasse made his fifth rubber match start and tossed five and two-thirds innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits. The freshman lefty issued just one walk in the sixth, which was the first walk he had allowed in over 16 innings.

Campbell jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second and eventually led Winthrop by eight, 9-1, scoring two runs in the fifth and four in the sixth.

Packard led off the top of the second with a walk and advanced to third on Wolf’s double into the gap in right field. Koby Collins worked a five-pitch walk, loading the bases for Grant Harris, who sent a fly ball into right field that scored Packard from third. Almost in the same location as Wolf’s double, Minnick ripped a line drive into right-center field, scoring both Wolf and Collins.

Winthrop responded with one run in the bottom half of the second, scoring on a two-out, RBI single.

Campbell took a 5-1 lead with two swings of the bat in the fifth inning on back-to-back home runs from Barefoot and Anshaw. They became the first Camels to hit back-to-back home runs since Minnick and Anshaw did so at N.C. Central on April 10, 2018. Barefoot’s dinger was his 10th of 2019 while Anshaw’s was his second this season.

Minnick began Campbell’s four-run sixth inning by lifting a 1-0 pitch to straightaway center field for the third home run of his senior season. A.J. Hrica kept the inning going by drawing a walk before Anshaw moved him over to third on a double to right field. Gimenez pushed across Hrica on an RBI single up the middle. Gimenez advanced to second on a throw home, and then he and Anshaw scored on Packard’s two-run base hit, extending Campbell’s lead to eight, 9-1.

Winthrop came back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, which trimmed the Campbell advantage to five, 9-4.

The Eagles scored six runs on seven hits in the bottom of the eighth to take their 10-9 lead. Campbell was unable to get a baserunner in the top of the ninth, suffering the first Big South series loss since April 8, 2018.

Up next, Campbell will travel to Greenville for its final midweek matchup of the regular season at nationally ranked East Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

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