Harnett County baseball fans will have another reason to visit Segra Stadium soon.
The new home of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers will host next week’s Big South Baseball Tournament from Tuesday, May 21, to Saturday, May 25. That’s big news for Campbell fans.
The Camels (29-18, 16-7) currently sit half-a-game back of first-place Radford (26-24, 17-7) in the Big South standings, with a home series against last-place Longwood and an away game at USC Upstate still to be made up. A little home-crowd advantage could prove vital to their success.
Campbell is an impressive 26-9 in games played inside the state of North Carolina, while just 3-9 whenever they leave the state. Baseball America’s most recent projection for the College World Series currently has the Camels getting into the field of 64, but that’s only if they earn the automatic bid by winning the Big South Tournament.
Not only is Campbell a local fixture in Harnett County, but the team has several homegrown members.
Matthew Barefoot, the preseason Big South Player of the Year, is a Midway alum. Barefoot was a leader on the Raiders’ 2014 state championship team. The redshirt junior is currently third on the team with a .299 batting average and leads the Camels in home runs (10), runs (43), RBIs (39) and stolen bases (21).
Tyson Messer, a Harnett Central graduate, has been an important member of the Camels’ bullpen. The senior right-hander is the Camels’ fourth most-used reliever and is holding opponents to a .170 batting average, the lowest among anyone on the staff with at least 10 appearances. He also leads the team with an astounding 18.6 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
Cole Hart, also a Harnett Central alum, has had a solid junior season out of the pen. In nine relief appearances, he’s held opponents to a .133 batting average.
Landry Moore, a Benson native and Cleveland alum, has also been a top-notch reliever for Campbell. The junior is tied with Messer for the team lead in saves (4) and has posted an impressive 2.13 ERA in over 25 innings pitched.
Tickets for the Big South Tournament are on sale and can be purchased daily through the Fayetteville Woodpeckers ticket office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., online through https://bit.ly/2JFkDQu or by phone at 910-339-1989.