College of Charleston’s Austin Bello came through with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the eighth inning to score two runs and eventually gave Charleston a 4-1 win over Jacksonville on Wednesday night.
College of Charleston (18-10) snapped a two-game skid and set the tone for its weekend road swing. Jacksonville (8-19) continued its skid with its second loss of the week.
The hit from Bello was huge for a CofC offense that had runners in scoring position in four different occasions in the first seven innings. Charleston scored two runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth to reward a solid pitching performance from the Cougar pitching staff.
Freshman Tyler Thornton (1-3) posted his best performance of the season, notching his first quality start with 7.0 innings pitched as he struck out a career-high eight batters and allowed only one run on two hits. Chase Henry and Michael Hanzlik each pitched scoreless innings as Hanzlik picked up his CAA-best seventh save.
Jacksonville took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning after a leadoff triple from Cameron Gibson and an RBI double from Angelo Amendolare. However, those would be the only two hits that the Dolphins tallied all night.
Charleston had multiple opportunities to find an equalizer, but it wasn’t until the eighth inning that the Cougars finally broke through. Brandon Murray led off the inning with a single followed by a Heidt walk. After a strikeout and flyout, Brandon Glazer worked a two-out walk and Bello laced a single up the middle to score two runs.
CofC added two insurance runs in the ninth inning with a triple from Morgan Phillips, RBI double from Ryan Welke and RBI double from Heidt.
Hanzlik struck out two batters in the ninth inning as the Cougars closed out Jacksonville, 4-1.
College of Charleston will now hop on a plane and travel to Towson for a weekend series that begins on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.