CHARLESTON, SC - Sophomore Bailey Ober pitched 7.2 innings of hitless baseball as the College of Charleston baseball team edged The Citadel, 1-0, at Patriots Point on Saturday.
Ober (1-1) struck out nine batters and allowed just one base runner, a hit batsman to start the second inning. The right-hander was lifted after reaching the 90-pitch plateau. It was Ober's first win on the mound since May 31, 2014 – a 6-3 decision over Long Beach State in the NCAA Gainesville Regional.
The Citadel's (5-4) only hit came with two outs in the ninth. Reliever Carter Love struck out the first two batters of the inning before Bulldogs leadoff hitter Jason Smith looped a single to right. Love closed out the game to earn his second save of the season.
The game's lone run came with two outs in the second inning on an RBI single from Luke Manzo. It was the third two-out RBI single for Manzo in the last two games. Erven Roper was the only Cougar to finish the game with multiple hits; he was 2-for-4 with a double.
MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Manzo's RBI single in the second inning proved to be all of the offense that the Cougars (6-4) needed behind Ober. Morgan Phillips singled with one out in the frame and quickly stole second. One batter later, Manzo laced a 1-1 pitch into left to plate the game's only run.
From the moment Bailey Ober took the mound in the first inning to the time he left it in the eight, he was in complete control. Ober struck out multiple batters in three innings including striking out the side in the fifth.
HEAD COACH MATT HEATH
"I thought we saw the Bailey Ober of old. He threw everything in the strike zone and his change-up was outstanding. We're seeing more speed on his fastball and he located it well all day."
> CofC has now won seven straight games in the series versus The Citadel.
> In the first two games of the series combined, College of Charleston pitchers have allowed one run on just five hits.
> Saturday's win marked the first time that the Cougars have won a game 1-0 since beating Western Carolina by the score in the Southern Conference Tournament in 2006.
> Bradley Jones singled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to six games.
> Jake Maziar walked in the game on Saturday to extend his reached base streak to nine games.