Buies Creek – T.J. Riles drove in four and No. 18 East Carolina limited Campbell to two hits in a 10-0 win with a record Jim Perry Stadium crowd on hand.
The overflow crowd of 1,563 set a new Jim Perry Stadium single-game attendance record, breaking the previous mark of 1,120 (5/2/14 vs. Gardner-Webb). Through four contests, the Camels are averaging 1,021 fans per game.
Eight Pirates (1-3) combined for 10 hits on the night, while ECU pitching walked just one, striking out nine Camels (2-2).
Chris Holba (1-0) picked up the win for the Pirates, working six two-hit innings with four strikeouts and a walk. Tyler Smith, Evan Voliva and Davis Kirkpatrick each tossed an inning, striking out a combined five.
Campbell starter Andrew Witczak (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on five hits with four punchouts and three walks in four innings. Wes Noble pitched the final three frames for CU, allowing a run on two hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
Riles was 2-for-5 with four RBI and a run in the win, clubbing a two-run home run in the first and singling in two more in a three-run ECU sixth.
Riles’ homer was the difference through five innings until Charlie Yorgen’s sacrifice fly in the sixth. Yorgen, who went 2-for-2 with three RBI and a run, walking twice, added a two-run double to lead a four-run seventh for the Pirates.
Travis Watkins also scored twice, going 1-for-4 on the night for ECU.
Jeff Hahs and Christian Jones both picked up base hits for the Camels in the loss.
Campbell, which starts the 2017 season hosting 15 of its first 17 games at Jim Perry Stadium, remains at home this weekend, taking on Quinnipiac in a three-game set. The Camels and Bobcats will square off Feb. 24-26. Friday’s game time will be a 6 p.m. start. Photo by Bennett Scarborough