Camels Blank Eagles 5-0, Clinch Big South Title

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Campbell claims its first regular season-conference championship since 2013.

From Campbell Athletic Communications

Wes Noble tossed a complete game shutout on his Senior Day as Campbell defeated Winthrop 5-0 Sunday afternoon at Jim Perry Stadium. With the win, the Camels have clinched a Big South Conference regular season championship and the No. 1 overall seed in the 2018 Big South Tournament.

Campbell (29-21, 19-5 Big South) claims its first regular season conference title since 2013 with Sunday’s victory. The Camels hold a three-game lead over second-place High Point in the Big South standings with three conference games remaining in the regular season. CU owns potential the head-to-head tiebreaker over HPU with last week’s series win over the Panthers.

Noble, a fourth-year senior from Lebanon, Ohio, improved his record to 6-5 on the season with his first career complete game shutout. The right-handed pitcher allowed just two hits, collecting eight strikeouts with no walks as he retired his final 20 batters in order.

Winthrop’s Daniel Willcutt (36) took the loss, giving up four earned runs on five hits over 6.2 innings of work. The senior righty fanned a season-high 12 batters on the day with one walk.

Christian Jones (1-for-3, 2 R, HR, RBI) cranked his Big Southleading 14th home run of the season, while Zach Minnick (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) roped an RBI double for the Camels. Outfielder Matthew Barefoot (2-for-3, R) collected two hits to lead all players Sunday afternoon.

After three perfect innings from Willcutt, the Camels got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Barefoot scored the first run of the day on a balk, then Minnick drove an RBI double into the left center gap that plated senior outfielder Jeff Hahs (1-for-4, R).

Campbell scored one run apiece in the sixth, seventh and eighth frames. Jones ripped a hanging curveball over the left field wall for a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth, while Bryce Myers (0-for-2, RBI) scored Kyle Mehl (1-for-4, R) on an RBI groundout in the seventh. Joe Zirolli (1-for-4, RBI) drove in CU’s final run in the eighth on a hit-and-run single to left that scored Jones easily from second.

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

The Campbell Camels (29-21, 19-5) clinched the Big South title Sunday with a 5-0 win over Winthrop. The Camels lead the Big South in more than a half dozen pitching statistics. They are first in earned run average, opposing batting average, innings pitched, batters struck out and home runs allowed. They also lead the conference in

strikeouts per game, with 91.6, on average. Allowing only 8.02 hits a game and 5.26 runs per game, Campbell University's pitching staff -led by Alan Winans, Michael Horrell and Wes Noble – is arguably the best in the 10-team Big South Conference.

Contributed Photo/Bennett Scarborough

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