Clayton Brown (Glens Falls 2011) in action for nationally-ranked Campbell. Photo courtesy Bennett Scarborough/Campbell athletics
The Campbell University Fighting Camels of the Big South Conference are off to a 22-3 start. The Camels have won seven games in a row and are currently ranked 27th in the latest edition of Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's Top 30 poll.
Clayton Brown (Glens Falls 2011), a junior transfer from Tacoma Community College, is Campbell's leading hitter with a .453 overall batting average (.450 versus Big South opponents). Since recording two hits against Hartford on Feb. 24, Brown has posted at least one hit in 15 of his last 17 games. The Auburn, Wash., native currently has an eight-game hitting streak. Most recently, the Campbell junior was honored by College Sports Madness as the Big South Player of the Week for games ending Mar. 24. Last week, Brown banged out 10 hits and scored five runs in wins over Rider and UNC Asheville.
Campbell's current roster also includes senior utility player David Olson (Glens Falls 2010-2011). As the Camels' designated hitter, Olson boasts a .312 batting average, .459 on-base percentage and 14 RBI. In his last three games, Olson has compiled seven hits and seven RBI. The senior also holds a 1.69 earned run average and one victory in six pitching appearances.
Earlier this week, Perfect Game USA's Kendall Rogers profiled the Fighting Camel's in PG's weekly Mid-Major Spolight.
By Kendall Rogers
College baseball's great success story might just reside in Buies Creek, N.C.
Ask anyone about Campbell University, the Camels baseball program, or Buies Creek, and chances are pretty good you'll get a couple of blank stares. But for starters, Campbell is a Baptist institution, that until just now, wasn't allowed to play on Sundays. Furthermore, the small town of Buies Creek, population 2,215, sits 30 miles south of Raleigh N.C.
Something else you might not know about Campbell is that former big league All-Star Jim Perry and Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry spent their college days there.
Though the Camels might be known more, at least for now, for their rather unique nickname considering their nestled in the middle of North Carolina, or the Perry brothers, there's positive change in the air thanks to the job coach Greg Goff and his baseball team are doing so far this spring, sitting in very good shape with a 22-3 overall record.
The biggest thing to me about this club is that our offense has been very consistent so far this season," Campbell coach Greg Goff said. "Our starting pitching, for the most part, has been pretty good, but could use a little improvement, while the bullpen has been solid."
To read the full story by Kendall Rogers on Perfect Game's web site, click here.