“Roller coaster” start: Baseball drops two games against Campbell, preparing for games against Cincinnati

By Samuel Brouwere

Sports Reporter

Last weekend, the Griffs baseball team traveled to Buies Creek, North Carolina., where they played the Campbell Camels in a three game series.

Friday, the Griffs got down early to the Camels allowing three runs in the third inning and four runs in the fourth. In the fourth inning, miscues by the Griffs helped contribute to the early deficit for the team. A throwing error, wild pitch, and allowing a Camel player to steal home were all committed by the Griffs, and all ultimately led to runs for the Camels.

Coach Mike McRae spoke to wanting to fix the miscues committed by the Griffs when he said, “We need to minimize damage, give up just one run, rather than it become a three or four run inning because it’s tough to come back from. Especially in game 1 of a series when you’re facing the other team’s top pitcher.”

The Griffs were able to pick up some runs in the top of the ninth, as sophomore Nick Capitano drove in Ryan Stekl and Tim Kensinger, however, the Griffs weren’t able to climb out of their early hole, losing 2-7. Redshirt senior Mike Elwood was credited as the losing pitcher, as he pitched three innings, struck out four batters, and ultimately gave up seven runs. This now puts his record at (0-2) on the season.

Saturday, the Griffs were able to get off to a quick 3-0 lead. In the top of the first inning, the Griffs were able to take advantage of three Camels errors, putting them ahead 3-0. Coach McRae spoke to the Griffs taking advantage of the miscues in the game when he said, “In the game we won it was pretty evident that we put some pressure on the other team and took advantage of it. I think that even created some miscues, and we were able to take advantage of them.”

The Griffs added a run in the third inning, two runs in the fifth inning, and a run in eight inning. Sophomore Right Fielder Adam Tricarico was a key player in the Griffs victory, as he led the team with two hits and three runs batted in. Ultimately, the Griffs were able to swing the bat well, capitalize on the Camel’s miscues, winning 7-4. Junior Josh Shepley was credited as the winning pitcher, as he pitched 5.0 innings, struck out two batters, and allowed only three runs. This improved his record to (1-0) on the season. Iannick Remillard also was credited with the save for the Griffs, his second of the year.

Sunday, the Griffs were up 4-3 on the Camels heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. However, the Camels would then go on to regain the lead, scoring three runs in the sixth inning, four runs in the seventh, and two runs in the eighth. Sophomore Left Fielder Tim Kensinger led the Griffs with four hits in four at-bats, also had a run on the day. The Griffs lost by a score of 12-4. Sophomore J.P. Stevenson was credited as the losing pitcher, as he pitched five innings and allowed seven runs. This now puts his record at (0-3) on the season.

The Griffs have only played 11 games in their very young season, and have an overall record of (3-8) to this point. Coach McRae spoke to the progression of his team to this point when he said, “I would say it’s really been a bit of a roller coaster. We see glimpse and then we take a step backwards. We need to continue to make progress, I can’t say for certain if we have. I think guys are starting to understand some things, and some concepts. Now we just need to implement them on a consistent basis in the game.” The season is still very young, as the Griffs don’t even start conference play until March 26, so the team should continue to progress as the season continues.

This weekend, the Griffs will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, as they will play the Cincinnati Bearcats in a four game series. Coach McRae spoke to how the team will prepare for the series when he said, “We are going to have to continue to get better at the plate. We’ve got to limit our defensive mistakes and we’re going to have to find different ways to score some runs.” The Bearcats will be a good test for the Griffs, as they have played strong competition this season, and have (1-11) through 12 games.

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