BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- Ellis Lowe hit his first career grand slam, to deep left field, in the third inning to push Campbell ahead 9-0, and never looked back to defeat #21 East Carolina, 12-5, at Taylor Field on Tuesday night.
This marks the first time that Campbell has defeated East Carolina at home since 2000 and the Camels have now won two out of three. This win also marks the first win in three weeks at home. Campbell improved to 19-19 on the season with the win as the Pirates fall to 24-13 on the season.
Campbell started where they left off against USC Upstate as they pounded East Carolina for nine runs in the first three innings. Josh Holskey notched the first RBI for the Fighting Camels as he slapped a single through the left side to score Ellis Lowe from third.
In the second Campbell scored four more runs as DJ Johnson came up with a clutch hit with two outs as the senior sent an 0-2 offering from Joseph Hughes to left field to score Blake Boyce. Later in the inning Zach Johnson singled up the middle to register two RBI and keep the two out rally going. Next up was Josh Holskey and he collected his second RBI as he sent a double down the left field line to score Alex Aycoth.
In the third inning it was the aluminum of Ellis Lowe that made the difference as the junior sent the first offering from ECU reliever D.J. Jauss to deep left field to score four runs and push Campbell to a 9-0 advantage.
The scoring stayed silent until the fifth inning when ECU scored for the first time as Zach Wright sent a sacrifice fly to center field to score Trent Whitehead.
ECU pushed closer in the seventh as Jonathon Lopez got Trent Whitehead and John Wooten to fly out to center to get two quick outs. After giving up a single through the right side to Kyle Roller, Lopez struck out Zach Wright but he reached following a passed ball. That gave the Pirates a little light and they used it as Devin Harris sent an RBI single to shortstop. Later in the inning Wright crossed the plate following an error by Kevin Nelson.
Campbell answered with three runs in the bottom of the eighth and pushed the lead back to 12-3. Zach Johnson scored on a throwing error by Lance Honeycutt. Cameron Nelson continueld the scoring with a RBI single to right field and DJ Johnson registered an RBI as he reached on a throwing error by shortstop John Wooten but Alex Aycoth came around to score.
The Pirates scored a couple more runs as Devin Harris registered a couple of RBI following a single to left field.
Ellis Lowe led the offensive attack for the Fighting Camels as the junior went 3-for-5, with four RBI as he, Josh Holskey, Zach Johnson, Blake Boyce, and Cameron Nelson all collected multiple hits for the Camels.
Ben Brown registered the win for the Camels as the righty went six innings, while giving up just one earned run off of seven hits. The outing was the longest outing of the year for the junior as he moved to 3-3 on the season.
It was rough from the onset for ECU starter Joseph Hughes. Hughes gave up eight runs, seven earned, off of seven hits in 2.1 innings of work. Hughes falls to 1-1 on the season.