Campbell’s record run comes to an end

From Campbell University Athletics
Posted 6/6/22

Campbell saw its season come to an end Sunday at the NCAA Baseball Championships.

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Campbell’s record run comes to an end


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Fighting Camels saw their season come to an end with a 16-5 loss to Georgia Tech Sunday afternoon as part of the NCAA Baseball Championships.

Following a 15-8 win over the Yellow Jackets during Friday’s Knoxville Regional opener, Campbell struggled to get consistent outs in the rematch.

Georgia Tech collected 19 hits, the most allowed by CU this season. The Yellow Jackets scored in seven of nine innings and were only retired in order in the ninth.

Campbell led briefly, 2-1, after one inning following a Zach Neto RBI double and Drake Pierson sacrifice fly, but GT responded with a five-spot in the second inning off CU starter Jonathan Beymer. The Yellow Jackets found plenty of success against Beymer, tagging him for 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings of work.

The Camels added a run each in the second and third, but couldn’t muster any more offense until the ninth.

Much of the early damage was done with two outs, with GT hitting 7-for-16 with two outs and collecting five two-out RBIs.

It was also Campbell’s first game without a home run since April 24, with at least one big fly in 21 consecutive games.

Campbell collected four hits in the first three innings while scoring four runs to chase GT starter Marquis Grissom.

Connor Denning reached four times with two hits and two walks. Halstead collected a pair of hits as well as Campbell collected seven on the day.

Saturday’s regional semifinal loss to host team Tennessee saw CU jump to a four-run lead before falling 12-7. 

Cade Kuehler had 10 strikeouts while walking just two through seven innings. Neto was 3-for-5, while Ty Babin and Tyler Halstead each had two hits.

It came a day after the Camels set a program record in NCAA contests with 18 hits. Neto, Logan Jordan and Denning all accounted for three hits and seven total runs.

Thomas Harrington collected his 12th win of the season, retaking the national lead and setting a program record for single-season wins.

Campbell finishes with a 41-19 mark, tied for the second-most wins in school history.

This year’s Camels also posted team records for total home runs (118), runs scored (523) and stolen bases (132). On the other side of the ball, the pitching staff held opponents to the second-lowest average in program history (.242) and tied the record for saves (20). Individually, Harrington and Kuehler tied for the single-season strikeout record with 111 each.


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