DURHAM, N.C. - Campbell jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back as the Camels defeated Duke 10-4 on Tuesday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field. The Camels (3-1) had eight extra-base hits, including six doubles, and were aided by two Duke (1-3) errors, six walks and five hit by pitches on their way to their third win of the season.
Left fielder Jimmy Brenneman led off the opening frame with a single through the right side. Brenneman would steal both second and third before scoring on a sacrifice fly to center by right fielder Jake Kirkland. With a runner on first, second baseman Michael Felton sent a high fly ball to right where Duke second baseman Angelo LaBruna and right fielder Andrew Istler collided, allowing Felton to reach third and first baseman David Olson to score from first. Istler was taken out of the game after the collision due to injury and was replaced by fellow freshman Grant McCabe. Designated hitter Josh Holskey capped the inning with an RBI-double to right center.
The Camels added a run in the top of the fourth on an RBI-triple by center fielder Ben McQuown to go ahead 4-0.
Duke got on the board in the bottom half of the fourth, cutting the Campbell lead to 4-1. LaBruna was hit by a pitch to begin the inning. After center fielder Will Piwnica-Worms drew a walk, third baseman Jordan Betts singled to right to load the bases. Designated hitter Jeff Kremer then lifted a sacrifice fly to left to score LaBruna.
Kirkland and Olson hit back-to-back doubles in the fifth to extend the Campbell lead to 5-1. With runners on first and second and only one out on the board, sophomore reliever Mark Lumpa got third baseman Kyle Holmstrom to ground out into an inning-ending double play. Betts made a great diving stop towards the line, hopped to his feet to tag third and threw a bullet over to first to complete the 5-3 double play.
Betts led off the sixth with a double down the right field line. Three batters later, first baseman Andy Perez lined a two-out RBI-double to left center to make it a 5-2 ballgame.
Campbell scored on an error, a two-run double by McQuown and a sacrifice fly by shortstop Brent Graham in the seventh to take a 9-2 lead.
Piwnica-Worms laced a two-out single up the middle in the bottom of the seventh. Betts then belted a 2-1 offering to deep left center field for a two-run homer. It was the first home run of the season for Betts and the second of his career.
In the top of the eighth, McQuown drew a bases-loaded walk to account for the final margin.
Betts led the Blue Devils at the plate, finishing 3-for-5 with the two-run jack and a double. Piwnica-Worms, Perez and McCabe all added two hits for Duke.
Campbell reliever Logan Self (1-0) earned his first win of the season, pitching five innings out of the bullpen. Self struck out six batters and held Duke to three runs on eight hits.
Duke starter Chase Bebout (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing five runs, three of them earned, on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work. Freshmen Dalton Brown and Sarkis Ohanian both looked good out of the bullpen, pitching two-thirds scoreless innings apiece.
Duke returns to the field on Wednesday when they face N.C. Central at 4 p.m. at the Durham Athletic Park.