BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The UNC Asheville baseball team dropped game two of its three-game series with Big South Conference foe Campbell on Saturday afternoon, falling 9-3 at Jim Perry Stadium.
The Camels improve to 24-12 on the season with a 10-4 mark in league play while the Bulldogs fall to 11-25 and 4-10 in the Big South.
Freshman hurler Joe Zayatz was credited with the loss for the Blue & White, allowing four runs on five hits in seven innings of work to fall to 1-5 on the season. Campbell’s Hector Cedano (4-0) earned the win, going 7.1 innings with two runs on four hits, two strikeouts and two walks.
Seth LaRue's RBI groundout scored Danny Pardo for the team's first run after an Asheville error loaded the bases in the bottom of the first. Parrish, a sophomore from Angier, N.C., then doubled to bring home two more.
Asheville tallied runs in the second and the eighth on RBI from Erik Connolly and Tommy Houmard before Campbell exploded for five more runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Matt Parrish knocked in three runs on two of Campbell's 10 hits on the day. Parrish drove in his third run of the day on a sacrifice fly, while John Reilly singled in another. Three more CU runs scored on Asheville errors, making it 9-2 heading into the ninth.
Connolly knocked in another run for the Bulldogs in their final at-bat, driving in Phillip Treadway, who reached on an error.
Ryan Thompson picked up his ninth save for his 19th in two seasons, tying the Campbell all-time record, shared with J.T. Thomas (1995-98). Thompson allowed one unearned run on a hit with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.
Asheville's Scott Robinson surrendered four runs, three earned, on five hits in an inning. Nick Schavone also allowed a run in the loss.
Rector joined Parrish with two hits, with Matt Nadolski scoring twice.
Erik Connolly drove in two runs for the Bulldogs, while Tanner Bush went 2-for-3.
The Camels and Bulldogs will conclude their three-game series Sunday at 2 p.m.