Campbell's Gem Carries Islanders to 5-0 Victory
Senior Ian Campbell pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout to lead the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team to a 5-0 victory over Lamar on Friday night at Vincent-Beck Stadium. It was the first complete-game shutout for the Islanders (22-12, 7-6 Southland) since Roy Ferdin delivered a two-hitter at Southeastern Lousiana on March 1, 2008.
Campbell surrendered six walks in the contest to go along with five strikeouts. The Glendale, Ariz., native improved to 5-2 on the season and lowered his season ERA to a team-leading 2.81. Shane Hamaker collected the loss for the Cardinals (20-13, 7-6), surrendering three runs over three innings.
Matt Holland went 3-for-3 on the offensive side of the ball, while Jeramie Marek and Bobby Buckner each had two hits for the Islanders. Five different players scored for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.
After each team put up scoreless frames in the first three innings, the Islanders put a crooked number on the board with a three-spot in the top of the fourth, as Hamaker lost his control. Holland was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and then Jacob Perales and Buckner each followed with walks to load the bags. Jumpy Garcia drove one run home with a sac fly, and Weston Montgomery followed with a single to left to score one run, and an error on the play by the left fielder sent a second run home to make it 3-0.
Meanwhile, Campbell continued to roll on the other side, holding the Cardinals to just one hit through the first six innings. He delivered 1-2-3 frames in the second and the fifth to keep his team tight in the contest. The senior did not allow a runner past second base until the ninth inning.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh. Marek delivered a leadoff single, and Chris Vergne brought him home by drilling a triple to right field to make it 4-0. Two batters later, Holland brought his classmate home with an infield single for the Islanders' fifth run of the contest.
In the ninth, the Cardinals started to rally off Campbell, who tossed a career-high nine innings. Joey Latulippe drew a leadoff walk and then Jude Vidrine followed with a single through the right side. But Campbell got a foulout and a groundout, then sent Andrew Dewey down swinging to end the game for the shutout and a 5-0 victory.