Luke Morgan (New Lenox, Ill.) and Ari Sechopoulos (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) each drove in four runs, and Tommy Richter (Wayne, Pa.) went 5-for-6 to lead the College of Charleston baseball team to an emphatic 20-3 midweek win over North Florida on Tuesday evening.
With the victory, College of Charleston (14-15) extends its win streak to four while scoring its most runs in a single game since putting up 24 at Wofford on April 30, 2011. The Cougars pushed across 20 tallies on 22 hits, while limiting North Florida (20-12) to three runs on 12 base knocks.
Richter paced the Cougars with a 5-for-6 day, and drove in two, as every member of Charleston’s starting lineup recorded a base hit. Morgan plated four and scored three with a 3-for-6 afternoon, while Sechopoulos drove in four with a grand slam – the first big fly of his collegiate career. Luke Manzo (Marietta, Ga.) and Bradley Dixon (Greenwood, S.C.) each tallied three hits, as Danny Wondrack (Wall, N.J.) plated three with a 2-for-3 effort.
Griffin McLarty (Buckner, Ky.) got the start and went two innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out two. Will Detwiler (Camden, S.C.) tossed two and one-third scoreless innings of relief to earn the win, while Clay Hunt (Fort Mill, S.C.), Trent Rider (Warfordsburg, Pa.), and Tucker White (Sterling, Okla.) combined to allow two runs on six hits over the final four and two-thirds.
Chris Thibideau led the Osprey offense with a four-hit day, as he drove in two and smacked a solo home run. James Fitzpatrick launched a solo shot as well.
North Florida sent seven pitchers to the mound in the game, as starter Cooper Bradford surrendered four runs on six hits in two innings of work to take the loss.
The Ospreys opened the scoring in the first, taking an early 1-0 lead when Thibideau launched a one-out solo homer to center. Charleston jumped in front in the top of the second, as Sechopoulos sent a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right for a grand slam to put the Cougars ahead, 4-1.
The Cougars added one in the third to push the lead to 5-1, before a Richter single and a Wondrack sac fly in the fifth put The College in front, 7-1. Charleston would tack on five in the sixth to stretch the advantage to 12-1 after Wondrack plated two with a single to right. A run in the seventh preceded three in the eighth, as the Cougars pushed the margin to 16-1 following a single by Manzo and a sac fly from Dupree Hart (Rock Hill, S.C.).
Thibideau pulled one back for the Ospreys with an RBI single in the eighth, before Morgan cleared the bases with a double to right center in the ninth to push the lead to 19-2. Morgan later scored on an error to put the Cougars ahead, 20-2. Fitzpatrick capped the scoring with a solo shot to left in the bottom of the ninth.
The Cougars return to the diamond on Friday when the travel to Harrisonburg, Va. to open a three-game series with James Madison in Colonial Athletic Association play. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 pm.