College of Charleston scored two runs in the 8th inning, but could not complete a comeback against the Northeastern Huskies who won a 4-3 decision to even the series on Saturday.
The Cougars (17-9, 1-1) committed four errors and managed just five hits, but still had an opportunity to tie the game after cutting Northeastern’s (11-11, 1-1) lead to just 4-3 in the eighth inning.
NU’s Chris Carmain (4-2) had a quality start as he went 6.2 innings, allowing just four hits and one unearned run. He struck out two Cougars and walked one. Second baseman and reliever Michael Foster finished the game with two shutout innings to pick up his four save of the year.
CofC’s Bailey Ober (4-2) had an uncharacteristic start, making 107 pitches in five innings and allowing five hits and three walks. All three of his runs allowed were unearned in the fourth inning. Marlin Morris gave up one run in two innings, while Hunter Rice kept things close with two shutout innings in the eighth and ninth.
NU’s Josh Treff had two hits for the Huskies, including a two-RBI double in the third inning. Jason Vosler tallied two hits, while Connor Lyons had two hits and an RBI.
Morgan Phillips led College of Charleston with two hits including an RBI double that hit off the top of the wall in left field. Nick Pappas doubled and scored a run, while Carl Wise also knocked a hit and scored a run.
The Huskies built a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning after putting runners on the corners with two errors, a stolen base and a walk. An RBI fielder’s choice from Sean Lyons scored the first run and a two-out double from Treff made it 3-0. Northeastern nearly scored another run, but Brandon Murray gunned down a runner trying to score from second on a single for the third out of the inning.
CofC answered with one run in the fifth off of Phillips’ double off the wall, but the Huskies went right back at it with another run in the sixth on a two-out RBI single from Connor Lyons, pushing the margin back to 4-1.
The Cougars mounted a comeback in the eighth inning after Gunnar Heidt was hit by a pitch and Carl Wise singled to right, advancing Heidt to third. A wild pitch scored one run and then Wise tagged to third on a fly ball to right field. With two outs, Ben Boykin ran out a grounder and contact with the first baseman knocked the ball loose, scoring another run and advancing Boykin to second. However, Pappas flew out to left field to end the threat. CofC could not get a baserunner in the ninth inning to fall, 4-3.
The rubber game of the series will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.