Longwood’s baseball season and the Buddy Bolding era officially came to a close today with a 8-6 loss to the number one seeded Campbell Camels in the Big South semifinals today. The Lancers end the year with a 26-28 record and a 14-14 mark in their first year of Big South Conference play. The tournament run and season in general was quite an accomplishment for long time coach Buddy Bolding and the Lancers after the Big South preseason poll overwhelmingly predicted LU to finish last in the conference.
Campbell jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the second inning today, but the Lancers continued to battle back. Longwood cut the lead to one in the 5th inning, but the Camels were able to get a little insurance with a three run seventh inning that sealed the deal.
Matt Dickason lead the team at the plate with a hit and two RBI, while Connor Gall added two hits and two runs. Joe Manion steadied the ship after a rough start for Tyler Wislocki. Manion went four and one-third innings and only gave up one hit and two runs.
Campbell now moves on to the Big South championship where they will play either Coastal Carolina or host Liberty on Saturday.
Buddy Bolding will now ride off into the sunset after 35 years at the helm for the Lancers. His successor has not been named but Bolding has let it be known that he would like to see current pitching coach and Lancer alum Brian McCullough take over the program. Best of luck to coach Bolding and a big thank you for everything he has done for the program and the university!