Hofstra took an early 3-0 lead and was able to hold off the Cougar comeback for a 4-2 win on Saturday afternoon at University Field.
Charleston (34-16, 12-5) rallied with runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but Hofstra (19-22, 7-10) held on to its lead in the final four innings to preserve the 4-2 victory. The Pride scored four runs on 11 hits while CofC had two runs on eight hits.
HU starter David D’Errico (3-2) went five innings and struck out five batters, but allowed two runs on six hits. Reliever Brett Schreiber (9) went four innings for the save, tallying seven strikeouts and not allowing any runs on two hits.
Charleston’s Eric Bauer (4-2) got the start and scattered 10 hits over 6.2 innings, allowing all four runs. Nathan Helvey came in and got out of a jam in the seventh inning and kept the game close through to the ninth. Bauer and Helvey each had two strikeouts and one walk.
All of Hofstra’s runs came in separate innings as the Pride scored in the first, second, third and fifth innings.
Matt Ford hit a solo home run in the first, while the Pride manufactured runs in the second and third with RBIs from David Leiderman and TJ Ehrsam. Bauer did well to get out of all three innings with no further damage, stranding a runner in each inning.
The Cougars started hitting D’Errico hard in the fifth inning with singles from Morgan Phillips, Ben Boykin and Bradley Jones. Jones’ hit scored Phillips and the Cougars trailed 3-1. The Pride was able to get out of the inning with an infield double play and a groundout, holding Charleston to one run.
After Hofstra added to its lead with a two-out rally on three singles in the fifth, Charleston responded with baserunners again in the sixth.
Nick Pappas got his second hit of the day and Carl Wise knocked a single to put runners on first and third. Brandon Glazer then bounced a ball to the pitcher who had an errant throw home trying to get Pappas at the plate. Everyone was safe as Wise and Glazer advanced to second and third and the score was 4-2.
Schreiber then came in from the bullpen and was able to get three strikeouts to end the sixth inning and leave it at 4-2.
CofC’s Glazer had a hit in the eighth and Jones singled in the ninth, but Charleston was unable to get a runner in scoring position and Hofstra held on for the 4-2 victory.
Tomorrow’s rubber game will now begin at 11 a.m. at University Field. Tyler Thornton (4-4) will take the mound for CofC, looking for his fourth win in his last five starts.