Georgia Southern pushed across seven runs in the third inning, and the College of Charleston baseball team left the tying run at the plate in the ninth, as the Eagles survived for an 8-4 win over the Cougars on Tuesday evening at Patriots Point.
Georgia Southern (15-10) plated eight runs on 14 hits – including three home runs – while College of Charleston (10-15) pushed across four tallies with 12 base knocks. Dupree Hart (Rock Hill, S.C.), Erven Roper (Easley, S.C.), Logan McRae (Florence, S.C.), and Tommy Richter (Wayne, Pa.) each collected two hits; Roper, McRae and Luke Manzo (Marietta, Ga.) all drove in one run.
Griffin McLarty (Buckner, Ky.) got the start and lasted two and two-thirds innings, surrendering seven runs on seven hits and striking out two. Carter Love (Charlotte, N.C.) and Wil Detwiler (Camden, S.C.) combined for six strikeouts in four and one-third scoreless frames, while Clay Hunt (Fort Mill, S.C.) and Justin Baker (Huntersville, N.C.) each tossed one inning of relief.
Jordan Wren drove in three runs to lead the Eagle offense, as Evan McDonald plated two and C.J. Brazil went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Mitchell Golden, Tyler Martin, and McDonald each collected two hits.
The Eagles used nine pitchers in the contest, led by Adam Kelly who went two and one-third in his second start of the season for the Eagles. Ryan Frederick tossed one and two-thirds scoreless frames to pick up the win.
Georgia Southern opened the scoring in the third, pushing across two runs on a double to center by McDonald before rain halted play for nearly an hour. Wren pushed the lead to 5-0 two pitches after play resumed with a three-run homer to right. Martin and McWhorter went back-to-back later in the inning to stretch the advantage to 7-0.
The Cougars pulled two back in the fifth, cutting the lead to 7-2 on RBI singles by Roper and McRae. After a wild pitch brought Bradley Dixon (Greenwood, S.C.) in from third for The College’s third run, Manzo sent a liner to center for a sac fly to score Joey Mundy (Huntington, W.Va.) and cut the lead to 7-4.
Charleston would threaten again in the seventh, putting two on with one out after back-to-back singles from McRae and Richter. A wild pitch then moved the runners to second and third before the Eagles recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.
The Cougars put forth another rallying effort in the ninth, when Hart led off with a walk and advanced to second on a balk. McRae followed one batter later with a free pass to put men on first and second before Dixon drew a two-out walk to load the bases for Mundy. The Eagles’ Landon Hughes settled down with the bases full, working back from a 1-0 count to retire the tying run – in the person of Mundy – swinging for the final out.
Charleston returns to action on Friday when the Cougars host UNC Wilmington in the opening tilt of a three-game weekend set in Colonial Athletics Association play. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 pm.