Pitching Holds Campbell To One Hit In 6-3 Victory
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Senior southpaw Kevin Archbold led the University at Albany baseball team to its first win of the 2014 season Friday, throwing seven no-hit innings, as the Great Danes captured a 6-3 victory over Campbell University.
Archbold (1-0) earned the win, throwing seven frames with three unearned runs, a career-high eight strikeouts, and six walks. Senior lefty Daniel Castro tossed the final two innings, picking up the save, as he held the Camels to no runs, one hit, while striking out two.
Outhitting the Camels, 8-1, redshirt senior Josh Nethaway paced the UAlbany offense, going 4-for-5 at the plate with two RBI. Right fielder Alex Lushkevich also knocked in two runs, while junior catcher Craig Lepre went 2-for-3 with an RBI. D.J. Hoagboon and Cory Kingston each crossed the plate twice in the victory.
While Campbell did not record a hit until the eighth inning, the Camels took the initial lead, 1-0, in the bottom of the third, scoring on two errors.
Loading the bases with one out on an error, single, and a walk, UAlbany tied it, 1-1, in the top of the fourth on Lushkevich’s RBI fielder’s choice.
However, the hosting Camels answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 3-1 advantage. Campbell scored on an error, and brought in another run from third base while a pickoff pickle ensued between first and second.
Undeterred, the Great Danes responded with two runs of their own in the top of the fifth, as Nethaway lined a two-out single to left, plating both Jeff VonMoser and Kingston.
In the seventh, UAlbany loaded the bases on back-to-back errors and another Nethaway single. Patient at the plate, Lushkevich drew an RBI walk and Lepre followed with an infield RBI single, giving the Danes a 5-3 lead.
UAlbany tacked on an insurance run in the eighth, as Brian Bullard's sacrifice fly brought home Kingston, who reached on an error and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Castro’s first batter, Will Albertson, broke up the combined no-hitter in the eighth. However, Castro sat the Camels down in order the rest of the way.
On day two of the Campbell Classic, UAlbany (1-4) will take on Towson (5-2) Saturday at 12 p.m. at Jim Perry Stadium. Towson comes off a 3-1 win over Army.