Camels rally in ninth, but Winthrop walks off in tenth

Camels rally in ninth, but Winthrop walks off in tenth

LEXINGTON, S.C. --- Eighth-seeded Campbell rallied to force extra innings by scoring two runs in the top of the ninth, but top-seeded Winthrop earned a 4-3 walkoff victory in the bottom of the tenth in both team's first game in the 2017 Big South Baseball Championship Thursday evening.

Kevin Barron's solo home run to open the ninth inning cut the Eagles' (32-22) lead to 3-2. Christian Jones reached on an error and Drew Butler drew a walk to give the Camels (25-31) runners at second and third with one out.

Jeff Hahs drove in Jones with a single to right field to tie the game at 3-3. However, Winthrop got out of the jam after a flyout from Cole Hallum and a groundout by Matthew Barefoot.

Erik Dowse entered the game to pitch the bottom of the ninth, and worked around a bases loaded situation when he forced Matthew Mulkey to fly out to end the frame.

The Camels put runners at second and third with two outs in the top of the 10th, but Eagle pitcher Dalton Whitaker struck out Jones to keep the contest deadlocked at 3-3.

Dowse stayed in the game to pitch and got two quick outs in the bottom of the frame. However, Mitch Spires hit a two-out double and Hunter Lipscomb followed it up with the walkoff single to give the Eagles the win.

Whitaker (3-3) earned the win with three strikeouts and surrendered just one hit and one walk in 1 2/3 innings of work. Dowse (1-3) took the loss after giving up the game-winner along with three hits total and two walks.

Barron led the Camels at the plate with a 2-for-5 effort including his fourth homer of the season. Hallum drove in Campbell's first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Hahs and Zach Minnick also tallied a pair of hits each.

Lipscomb finished 4-for-6 at the plate with four RBI. Jake Sullivan and Grant English both had two base knocks and reached base via a walk.

Wes Noble started the game on the hill for the Camels and went six innings with seven strikeouts and surrendered just two earned runs.

The Camels will continue play in the Big South Championship in the third game Friday against the loser of Thursday night's late contest between Radford and High Point.