Written by: Matthew Sokol – Campbell blog contributor
The Houston Astros announced on Friday that the Carolina League Buies Creek Astros will be playing their home games at Jim Perry Stadium.
The new minor league team will be the temporary Astros Class A Advanced affiliate for the 2017-18 seasons, playing 70 home games per season right here in Buies Creek. Many new additions have been in the making at the baseball stadium as the Houston Astros will be supplying and putting in new synthetic turf at Jim Perry Stadium.
“This is an unexpected and exciting development,” said Campbell University President J. Bradley Creed. “We are glad that we are able to work with the Houston Astros organization in a way that benefits both the Houston Astros and Campbell University.”
The Houston Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan is excited over the relationship that is developing between the Houston Astros and Campbell University Athletics. Ryan is actively working to market the Fighting Camels brand for years to come.
“We want to raise Campbell’s profile nationally,” said Ryan. “We think the good thing that the Houston Astros being here is that they are going to get a new field.”
“A lot of people around the country are going to realize that Campbell has Division I baseball. We want to have a long-term partnership with Campbell, and once we open the facility in Fayetteville, we would like to try to get them to host a Division I tournament.”
The Buies Creek Astros will start the 2017 season at Jim Perry Stadium when they play the Salem Red Sox on Thursday, April 6.
Former Campbell Baseball pitcher Jake Smith will become the second-ever Fighting Camels player to pitch in Major League Baseball as the San Diego Padres have brought him up to the MLB level under the expanded 40-man roster.
Smith pitched in 22 games for the San Francisco Giants Double-A affiliate Richmond before getting the call to the next level, joining fellow Camel Matt Marksberry (Atlanta Braves) in Major League Baseball.
Both Smith and Marksberry pitched for the Camels over the best four-year run in program history, averaging 40 wins per game while clinching the regular season Big South title (2013) and NCAA Tournament berth (2014) in consecutive 40-plus win seasons.
Follow Smith and the Fighting Camels MLB run using the hashtag #ProHumps and keep up with the latest Campbell Baseball news @GoCamelsBSB on Twitter and Instagram.
Fresh off a series win over Liberty University, Campbell Baseball has now won two of its last three series in Big South Conference play.
The Fighting Camels featured three strong pitching performances as Nick Thayer went 8.0 innings on Friday for the win, while Grant Yost pitched his second-straight complete game on Saturday, while Michael Horrell went 9.0 innings as well on Sunday.
Campbell came from behind to kickstart the series Friday night as the Fighting Camels scored runs in the 7th and 8th innings for the eventual 2-1 win as Erik Dowse collected his third save of the season. Saturday was filled with exciting and intense moments as freshman Zach Minnick provided some punch with a walk-off double.
After finishing out a 7-game home stand, Campbell hits the road for the next six games featuring a three-game set at Longwood University, who is equal at 7-5 in the Big South standings at the half-way point of the conference slate.
For more on the Fighting Camels efforts on the bump, head coach Justin Haire breaks down the series win and previews what Campbell has in store this week away from the Creek on “Campbell Baseball Monday Conversation” on YouTube.
Campbell Baseball took public service to the next level over the weekend, shaving their heads for the second-straight year via Vs. Cancer Foundation, helping in the fight against childhood cancer.
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Check out the entire footage from a fun afternoon in Buies Creek as players, coaches and staff from Campbell Baseball shaved their heads in support for this great cause.
Fore m0re information on the Vs. Cancer Foundation, and how you can get involved for donations or support, visit this team-oriented Campbell Baseball fundraiser page here.
Fresh off a series win over Gardner-Webb, the Fighting Camels (18-16, 5-4) return to action on Friday night hosting Liberty University at 6 p.m. inside Jim Perry Stadium.
Campbell junior Drew Butler made the most his homecoming appearance, leading the Fighting Camels with three hits in a 9-4 win over Appalachian State Tuesday night at Holly Springs Ballpark, the home of the Holly Springs Salamanders.
Butler, the Rockingham, N.C. native spent the past summer with the Salamanders as an All-Star selection in the Coastal Plain League hitting .301 over the summer.
His return netted huge results, kickstarting the Campbell offense for runs in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th innings during a come-from-behind effort at Holly Springs Stadium. Check out what Butler had to say following the big win on Tuesday night. #RollHumps
The Fighting Camels quickly return to action tonight at Jim Perry Stadium as Campbell hosts an NCAA regional squad from last year and nearby rival UNC Wilmington with first pitch set for 6 p.m.
Fans can check out the action live on the Big South Network and follow the latest updates over on Twitter: @GoCamelsBSB.
Campbell Baseball prepares for the start of the 2016 Big South Conference campaign in the midst of a 4-game win streak.
Campbell’s offense came to play over the weekend, scoring 39 runs in a 3-game sweep over MEAC foe North Carolina A&T – featuring 10-plus runs in the last four games. Freshman Michael Horrell dominated in the Sunday finale by pitching 8 innings of three-run baseball in the series sweep win.
The Fighting Camels head to Durham for a mid-week set with N.C. Central before tackling the start of Big South Conference play on Thursday versus Charleston Southern.
For more on the exciting week, head coach Justin Haire previewed the upcoming slate with GoCamels.com on Campbell Baseball Monday Conversation.
Make sure to follow @GoCamelsBSB for the latest updates across the diamond as Campbell (11-10, 0-0) hopes to start conference play on a solid note.
The Fighting Camels posted their best offensive performance of the season, running past N.C. A&T behind a 4-HR effort at the plate.
Zach Minnick blasted his first HR of the season, while Anthony Lopez and Jimmy Monaghan (2 HR) joined in during the 14-hit parade at Jim Perry Stadium.
Not only was the offense on full display, Lopez made a great diving stab (check above at the 2:27 part) as part of a solid defensive effort behind Grant Yost, who earned his second win of the season after 7 IP on the mound with a season-high 8 strikeouts.
Campbell returns to action on Sunday at 2 p.m. as the Fighting Camels (10-10 overall) look for the series sweep.