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Tiger baseballers drop two in MSC opener at LWC

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By The Staff

The unpredictable early-season weather has been playing havoc on the Campbellsville University baseball Tigers in coach Beauford Sanders' 18th season at the helm.

The Tigers began the 2008 campaign with a 6-5 home win over Union (Ky.) College on Feb. 19.

Shortstop Lee Darracott led the CU 10-hit attack with three hits while first-baseman Nick Smith and designated hitter Hector Urbaneja had two hits apiece. Smith had three runs batted in while Darracott and center-fielder Brandon Hunter scored two runs apiece.

Bryan Fuller got the pitching win in middle relief of starter Brian Edelen, who did not allow a run and struck out five in his four-inning stint.

Jeff Duda recorded the save after hurling the final two innings behind Marc Wilson, who pitched 1 2/3.

Trevecca Nazarene downed the Tigers 4-1 on Feb. 20 in Nashville, Tenn. as the home team plated three runs in their first at-bat.

Urbaneja, Hunter, Darracott, Chris Curley, Jason Beale and Clayton Howell had hits for CU.

Morgan Carlile did not allow a run in his three-inning relief effort as did Curley and Jon Bourassa in their one-inning stretches.

Campbellsville bested Rio Grande 5-0 on Feb. 23 at Lindsey Wilson as Duda and Wilson combined on a three-hit shut-out.

Duda went the first five innings, giving up only one safety, while Wilson went the final two and permitted two singles.

Curley and Temple Macdonald each homered and had two runs batted in for the Tigers with Nathan Quesenberry scoring twice.

CU plated a run in the bottom of the seventh to edge Virginia-Wise 4-3 at Lindsey Wilson on Feb. 24.

Chris Lemay got the win in relief of Carlile, who tossed the first five frames.

Urbaneja and Curley had two-hit outings for the victors with Urbaneja scoring thrice.

Tennessee Wesleyan swept Campbellsville 11-1 and 2-1 on Feb. 28.

Beale and Rob Elliott had two hits in game one while Quesenberry, Darracott and Matt Lepage singled in the nightcap.

The Tigers dropped a pair of one-run decisions to Cumberland (Tenn.) University on March 10.

Cumberland took the opener 2-1 as Campbellsville managed only a solo home run from Hunter in the second.

Duda took the loss, but allowed only four hits.

CU led 1-0 in the first and fought back from deficits of 3-1, 5-4 and 7-5 only to fall 7-6.

Quesenberry and Curley had two hits apiece with Curley getting a double and homer. Quesenberry doubled and Urbaneja homered.

The Tigers split a home doubleheader with Huntington (Ind.) University last Wednesday.

The visitors took the first game 3-2.

Darracott and Quesenberry had sixth-inning RBI for Campbellsville which fought back from a 3-0 deficit.

Curley had two Tiger hits and Eric Staples pitched four innings of shut-out relief for CU.

The Tigers used a five-run fifth to win the game two 8-2.

Campbellsville's 12-hit attack was led by Curley's 3-3 game with three runs batted in and Hunter's three-run homer.

Elliott, Darracott and Tyler Morris also had two-hit tilts.

Curley, who pitched the final three innings, was the recipient of the five-run fifth in relief of Edelen, who went the first four.

Wet fields forced Campbellsville to move its Mid-South Conference-opening series to Lindsey Wilson College and the Blue Raiders took two of three from the defending MSC regular-season and tournament champions.

Lindsey Wilson used a run in the top of the eighth to edge CU 7-6 in Friday's first game.

Carlile, the fourth Tiger pitcher, was saddled with the loss.

Lepage had two hits for Campbellsville while Urbaneja and Hunter had two RBI apiece.

Edelen (six innings) and Duda (the seventh) pitched the Tigers past Lindsey Wilson 3-1 in Sunday's first game.

Edelen allowed only three hits and one walk while striking out seven. Duda fanned two in his perfect frame.

CU's RBI came from Darracott and Lepage.

The Blue Raiders took the series with a 4-1 triumph in the nightcap.

Chance Harker had two of the five Tiger hits with Urbaneja, Curley and Hunter also reaching safely.

Campbellsville, 5-8 overall and 1-2 in the MSC, is scheduled to play at Georgetown College tomorrow and Saturday before hosting Cumberland (Tenn.) on Tuesday and Pikeville next weekend.