CofC Ninth-Inning Rally Falls Short Against Kent State, 8-6
MT. PLEASANT, SC -
College of Charleston scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth and had the tying run at the plate with two outs, but could not overcome a six-run deficit in an 8-6 loss to Kent State in the College of Charleston Tournament.
The Cougars (13-4) tallied eight of their nine hits in the final four innings, including four in the ninth, but it wasn't enough against a Kent State (8-6) team that scored eight runs on nine hits and 10 walks.
Nathan Helvey (1-1) was tagged with the loss after he gave up three earned runs on five hits and four walks. Chase Henry did not allow an earned run for the 18th straight inning this season, but Hunter Rice gave up four more runs in the seventh and eighth frames.
Kent State's Eric Lauer (4-1) had a quality start in his fourth win of the season. He went 6.0 innings, allowing just two runs on three hits with three strikeouts. Reliever John Fasola allowed CofC to come back in the ninth inning, before Eric Dorsch (3) came in for a three-pitch strikeout that ended the game.
Gunnar Heidt hit his second home run of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth inning that cut the margin to just 4-2. He and leadoff hitter Blake Butler each had two hits, as Butler drove in two runs in the ninth inning. Brandon Glazer hit a double and scored a run, while freshman Bradley Jones hit a pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth inning.
Kent State was led by Tommy Monnot who drove in three runs on one hit. Zarley Zalewski had a single and double and scored two runs, while Cody Koch had two RBIs and two runs scored.
The Golden Flashes took advantage of a number of CofC miscues that allowed them to create an insurmountable lead late. Charleston walked a season-high 10 batters while suffering two errors, two passed balls and a wild pitch.
College of Charleston will play a pair of seven-inning games against Michigan in tomorrow's tournament action. The first game will start at 3 p.m. Due to weather concerns, Sunday's tournament games have been moved to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. start times.