Erven Roper (Easley, S.C.) drove in three runs – including a game-tying RBI single in the eighth – while Dupree Hart (Rock Hill, S.C.) scored three times to lead the College of Charleston baseball team to a 7-6 win, and its second weekend sweep of UNC Wilmington in the last three seasons on Sunday afternoon at Patriots Point.
College of Charleston (13-15, 5-1 CAA) stays tied with Elon atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings, while UNC Wilmington falls to 11-15 overall and 2-4 in conference play. The Cougars plated seven runs on 11 hits and seven walks, compared to six tallies on seven base knocks for the Seahawks.
Roper paced the offense with a 2-for-4 afternoon and drove in three runs. Hart and Tommy Richter (Wayne, Pa.) each picked up two hits, while Richter plated two and Hart scored three. Bradley Dixon (Greenwood, S.C.) added two base knocks – including his team-leading 11th double of the season.
Jakob Frishmuth (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) surrendered one earned run on five hits and struck out four in five innings of work, as Griffin McLarty (Buckner, Ky.) tossed two shutout frames in relief. Carter Love (Charlotte, N.C.) picked up his second win of the season despite allowing two runs in the eighth.
Terence Connelly plated two runs with a 2-for-4 day, while Nick Feight went 2-for-4 with an RBI as well. Zarion Sharpe surrendered five runs on five hits and struck out six in four innings; Austin Easter, Austin Magestro, and Chris Joyner combined for three shutout frames in relief, while Clark Cota allowed two unearned runs and took the loss.
The Cougars opened the scoring with a three-run third, taking an early 3-0 lead after Hart doubled in Luke Manzo (Marietta, Ga.) and Roper lined a two-run single to right. Hart did plenty of damage with his glove as well, as the sophomore helped Frishmuth escape a jam in the fourth when he snared a liner, stepped on the bag at second, and tossed to first to complete the program’s first triple play since April 2, 2004.
Charleston would push the advantage to 4-0 in the fourth, when Wondrack singled up the middle after Dixon led off the inning with a double. Wilmington got right back in the game with a three-run fifth after loading the bases with two outs, and clearing the bags on a dropped fly by the Cougar left fielder to cut the lead to 4-3.
After Hart led off the home half with a walk, Logan McRae (Florence, S.C.) dropped a liner into right to push Hart to third. Richter followed with an infield single, which scored Hart to stretch the advantage to 5-3. Feight countered with a RBI double in the sixth to trim the margin to 5-4, before the Seahawks took their first lead of the weekend, 6-5, on a two-run single from Connelly in the eighth.
The Cougars wasted little time responding in the home half, as Manzo drew a leadoff walk before the throw sailed high on Hart’s sac bunt to put runners on second and third with no outs. Roper followed with a single up the middle to score Manzo from third to tie the game at 6-6. Richter then reached on an error by the second baseman one batter later, allowing Hart to scamper home from third to put the Cougars back in front, 7-6.
Love would shut the door in the ninth as he worked around a one-out walk, and struck out Mims for the final out to seal the win and the weekend sweep.
The Cougars will return to the diamond on Tuesday when they travel to Jacksonville, Fla. to take on North Florida at Harmon Stadium. First pitch is set for 4:00 pm.