North Carolina Central Sports Information
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – North Carolina Central University had to face Campbell in the bottom of the ninth inning with the go-ahead run at the plate, but Ryan Decker (Fletcher, N.C.) was able to hold firm for his first career save as the Eagles defeated the Fighting Camels, 7-4 at Jim Perry Stadium on Wednesday, March 13.
CU (8-8) jumped out to an early lead over NCCU (7-10) as it took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning by way of an error and a sacrifice fly, but the Eagles were able to immediately rally in front on RBIs from Myles Coston (Pittsburg, Calif.), Jacob Raby (Granite Falls, N.C.) and Timmy Fischvogt (Kernersville, N.C.) to take a 3-2 lead.
Raby drove in another run on a two-out double in the top of the sixth inning to stretch the lead to 4-2, but CU was able to pick up a run in the bottom of the frame, and then another on a sacrifice fly in the seventh to knot the game at 4-4.
NCCU was able to pick up some breathing room in the eighth however, as Carter Williams (Brown Summit, N.C.) delivered an RBI single, and then Justin Bowers (Yorktown, Va.) stayed patient for a bases-loaded walk to push the lead to 6-4. The final run of the game came in the top of the ninth as Bryceson Hernandez (Cary, N.C.) picked up his first career RBI to push the Eagles up by three, 7-4.
From there the NCCU bullpen was able to work together as Austin Vernon (Raleigh, N.C.) worked in tandem with Decker through the final two innings, and Decker worked the final two outs to pick up his first save in his three-year career.
Corey Joyce (Lexington, N.C.) picked up another multi-hit game as he went 3-for-4 with three runs and a stolen base, and Caleb Coyle (Wake Forest, N.C.) stayed hot with a 2-for-5 performance as he touched home three times with a triple.
Chris Krennrich (Fox Lake, Ill.) was the pitcher of record for the maroon and gray as he picked up his first win as an Eagle with three strikeouts over 1.2 innings.
Matthew Barefoot (Dunn, N.C.) was the standout batter for the Camels with two hits including a triple, and reached home twice.
NCCU will head back into Southern Division MEAC play on Friday, March 15 at Bethune-Cookman.