Camels Top No. 8 NC State, 7-4

Ty Babin (left) and Zach Neto (right). Photo by Bennett Scarborough

BUIES CREEK – The Fighting Camels handed No. 8 NC State its first loss of the season with a 7-4 win over the Wolfpack Wednesday night at Jim Perry Stadium. A blend of timely hitting, crafty baserunning and big strikeouts helped the Camels to their first top-10 win since 2019. 

The win gives Campbell two in a row and moves the team to 3-6, while NC State drops to 8-1 with the loss. Ty Cummings, the nation’s leader in appearances, earned the win on the mound after throwing 3.2 shutout relief innings and fanning four. Starting shortstop Zach Neto was called upon in the ninth and earned the save, his first of the year. 

The Wolfpack bats started early and carried them to an early 3-0 lead following a trio of Campbell errors in the first inning, and an RBI HBP and a wild pitch in the second inning.  

But Campbell’s bats finally got hot and answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame thanks to a pair of hits from Drake Pierson and Lawson Harrill. 

The Camels took the lead for the first time, and for good with a three-run fifth inning. An attempted sac bunt from Ty Babin was a beauty and resulted in a single and error to plate a run.  Waldy Arias came through in the clutch with his first hit of the season, a two-run double to the left field corner to put the Camels up 5-3. 

Babin was again in the mix on both insurance runs, lifting a sac fly in the sixth, and an infield single that allowed Jarrod Belbin to fly around the bases and score from second on a ball that never left the infield grass.  

State made it interesting in the ninth. The Wolfpack loaded the bases with just one out, but Neto locked in and picked up back-to-back strikeouts to strand all three runners and slam the door on a 7-4 Campbell win. 

Campbell’s 10 hits are a season high, coming against eight different Wolfpack pitchers on the evening. Pierson led the way with a 3-3 night with two runs and an RBI. Babin and Belbin each had two hits, with Babin driving in two, both times driving in Belbin. 

A crowd of 1,323 was on hand Wednesday night, the third-largest crowd in program history. That is the second of the season to crack the all-time top five along with the ECU game a week ago. 

The Camels now leave Jim Perry Stadium for the first time this season and head down the road to Fayetteville for the All-America Classic, hosted by the Fayetteville Woodpeckers. Campbell will face Ohio State Friday night at 7 p.m.