NCAA Baseball Regionals 2014: Campbell wins 4-1 in extras, Old Dominion is eliminated

Francois Nel

The Camels win their first NCAA Tournament game in school history and Old Dominion goes home

The Camels and the Monarchs both fought hard to stay alive in the tournament, but Old Dominion ultimately fell in a twelve inning game. Both Campbell and Old Dominion went down quietly in the first inning, but the Camels struck pretty quickly in the top of the second. They scored one run and took the 1-0 lead to the bottom of the second inning. Old Dominion threatened in the bottom of the second with runners on the corners and only one out, but Campbell turned a nice double play to get out of the inning.

Both teams made a lot of noise in the third, but couldn't get anything across the plate. The Camels had runners on the corners with one out thanks to a couple of errors by the Monarchs. They tried what looked like a double steal and Old Dominion got the runner out at home. A groundout ended the top of the inning. In the bottom of the third the Monarchs got a leadoff base hit and got the runner over to third with a sac bunt and a groundout. But a comebacker to the pitcher deflected off his glove to the third baseman, who fired across to first to get the runner out and end the inning.

In the bottom of the fourth inning Old Dominion finally broke through to tie it up after putting runners on the corners with no outs. However, they couldn't get anything else across and the two teams went to the fifth inning tied 1-1. In the fifth both pitching staffs recorded their first strikeout of the game.

A few hits were scattered through the next few innings, but neither team was able to get much done on offense. The game headed to the ninth tied at 1-1. Both the Camels and the Monarchs went three up, three down in the ninth to send the game to extras.

The tenth inning was uneventful as well, with both teams going three up, three down again. The Camels made some noise with a couple of one-out singles in the the top of the eleventh, but got nothing to show for it.  In the top of the twelfth, the Camels finally broke through. They loaded the bases up on two walks and a HBP. And RBI single put Campbell up 2-1. Another RBI single, which was stretched to a double because of a Monarch throwing error got two more runs across to make it 4-1. The Monarchs didn't put up a fight in the bottom of the inning and the Camels ended the game with a strikeout.

Campbell will play the loser of tonight's game between the Gamecocks and the Terrapins at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

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