Thomas Campbell Hurls Gem in Cougars 5-0 Win over Barton

From: Columbus State University Athletics News

COLUMBUS – Behind an excellent pitching performance by Thomas Campbell, the 27th ranked Columbus State baseball team defeated Barton College 5-0 Saturday afternoon in game one of a scheduled doubleheader at Ragsdale Field.

Campbell tossed a complete game two-hitter needing just 98 pitches in a very efficient outing.  He didn't allow more than one base runner in any inning and only one Bulldog advanced into scoring position on the afternoon.  It was the right-hander's second career complete game shutout, his first coming in last year's Southeast Regional, a 5-0 win versus Catawba.

After a five-pitch top half of the first inning by Campbell, teammate Ryan Lewis supplied the only run support CSU would need launching his second homerun of the season over the leftfield wall. 

Neither team would threaten to push another run across until the seventh inning when Bruce Alter also hit his second homerun of the season starting off the bottom of the seventh inning.  Logan Dollar followed that up with a single to left-centerfield but was stranded there with three consecutive outs.

Clay Martin tried to start a rally for the Bulldogs in the top of the eighth picking up his second hit of the afternoon but was erased on a double-play on the next play.  Campbell struck out the final hitter of the inning to end BC's threat.

CSU was able to tack on three runs in the bottom of the frame due to some costly Barton miscues.  Navarro Hall drew a walk to begin the inning and moved up to second on a fielder's choice by Lewis.  An errant throw to second base pulled the shortstop off the bag putting runners on first and second.  Cameron Scott laid down a nice sacrifice bunt and another errant throw, this one by the BC first baseman, loaded the bases with no outs.  With the infield drawn in, Mitch Rider ripped a single up the middle that the second baseman couldn't handle driving in two runs.  Alter knocked in the final run of the game on a sacrifice fly to plate Scott.

Dollar had the only multi-hit game for the Cougars going 2-for-4 at the dish while five others picked up a hit for Columbus State.  Lewis was 1-for-4 scoring two runs and hit his second homerun.  Alter (1-for-3) and Rider (1-for-4) both had two runs batted in.

On the mound, Campbell struck out seven while giving up just two hits and two walks.  The right-hander improves to 2-1 on the season lowering his earned run average to 2.95.

Martin had the only two hits by Barton while J.D. McCarty drew both walks for the Bulldogs.  Hunter Meekins also went the distance working eight innings allowing five runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks.  He also struck out three Cougars.