Home runs, complete game effort leads Campbell past CSU in second game of weekend series

Home runs, complete game effort leads Campbell past CSU in second game of weekend series

BUIES CREEK, N.C. - A trio of home runs and a complete game effort on the mound by Campbell's Alex Yarem led the Camels past Charleston Southern in the second game of the weekend series in Jim Perry Stadium on Saturday afternoon, 6-0.

Campbell's Cole Hallum connected on a pair of two-run home runs in the first and third innings, while Jeff Hahs added a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth to give the Camels (13-14, 3-2) all the run support they would need to even the weekend series at one game apiece.

Kyle Dyson (1-1) suffered the loss for the Bucs (14-11, 3-5). The redshirt senior went five innings and allowed seven hits and six runs, while striking out four in the contest. Cody Maw shined in a relief role over the final three innings as the sophomore left-hander struck out the side in the CSU sixth inning and recorded two strikeouts apiece in the seventh and eighth frames to finish with seven in the game.

Mike Sconzo led the Bucs at the plate with his fourth consecutive multi-hit effort of the season, while Brandon Gragilla added his team-leading eighth double to pace CSU's offensive efforts.

Hallum put the Camels on the board in the bottom of the first with a two-out, two-run home run down the left field line scoring Jimmy Monaghan. He followed it up two innings later with his second home run of the game, this one bringing home Hahs to give CU the 4-0 lead after three innings.

Adam Wyse brought home Campbell's fifth run of the game with a one-out sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth driving in Zach Minnick. Hahs' one-out solo home run in the fifth provided the final margin for the Camels.

Dyson ended the Camels' fifth inning with a strikeout before turning the ball over to Maw in the sixth. The CSU reliever retired five of the next six batters on strikes, including striking out the side in the sixth inning to shut down the Camels over the final three innings.

Yarem was equally sharp for Campbell with the Camels' pitcher retiring the final 10 CSU batters in order to close out the complete game shutout.

Buccaneer Notables
Two streaks ended on Saturday afternoon as both Jason Miller and Kyle Vesnesky were unable to reach base against Yarem in the contest. Miller's (16) and Vesnesky's (13) streaks were the longest and second-longest on-base streaks of the season for the Bucs.

Mike Sconzo's bat is continuing to heat up as the junior catcher recorded his fourth consecutive two-hit game on Saturday afternoon. Sconzo has started all 24 games at catcher for the Bucs in 2017 and has seven multi-hit games on the season.

Cody Maw shined in the relief role on Saturday afternoon and struck out seven of the nine batters he faced against the Camels. It was fifth time this season a Buccaneer pitcher had struck out the side in 2017 and the fourth time this year a CSU pitcher has struck out the first three batters he's faced in a game.

Up Next
Charleston Southern and Campbell close out the weekend series on Sunday afternoon at Jim Perry Stadium. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.

Probable Pitching Matchup
Charleston Southern has not named a starter for Sunday's matchup yet. Campbell is expected to start RHP Ryan Kirk (3-2, 4.85 ERA).

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