Senior Erven Roper (Easley, S.C.) drove in four runs, while Tommy Richter (Wayne, Pa.) and Joey Mundy (Huntington, W.Va.) each picked up three hits, as the College of Charleston baseball team weathered a late-inning rally by James Madison in a 12-11 rubber-game win on Sunday afternoon in Colonial Athletic Association play.
With the win, College of Charleston evens its overall record at 16-16 while remaining atop the CAA standings with a 7-2 mark in league play. The loss drops James Madison to 17-13 overall and 3-6 in CAA action.
The Cougars plated 12 runs on 15 hits and eight walks, compared to 11 tallies on 12 base knocks and five free passes for the Dukes. Charleston recorded a season-high four stolen bases – including two from Dupree Hart (Rock Hill, S.C.).
Mundy and Richter each recorded a trio of hits, while Luke Manzo (Marietta, Ga.) reached base five times via three walks and a 2-for-3 effort at the plate. Roper tied a career-high with four RBIs and recorded the first triple of his collegiate career; Mundy, Bradley Dixon (Greenwood, S.C.), and Ari Sechopoulos (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) each drove in two runs.
Jakob Frishmuth (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) went five innings to pick up his second collegiate win, while Carter Love (Charlotte, N.C.) struck out four in three no-hit frames for his second save of the season.
Ky Parrott paced the Dukes’ offense with two hits – including a home run – and four RBIs, while Fox Semones went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Brett Johnson and Kyle McPherson each picked up two base knocks.
James Madison starter Josh Silvestri lasted three and one-third innings while allowing five runs on seven hits in a losing effort. Tucker McCoy surrendered five runs in one frame of work, while Michael Evans tossed two shutout innings late.
The Cougars jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with one in the first and two in the second, including a two-run single from Mundy in the second. A two-run fourth would push the advantage to 5-0 following an RBI single from Manzo. After Parrott homered to lead off the JMU, Johnson singled home McPherson to cut the margin to 5-2.
Charleston would answer with a six-run fifth to push the lead to 11-2 – an inning capped by a bases-clearing, two-out triple down the first base line by Roper. James Madison began to rally in the home half, with two runs on back-to-back RBI groundouts to trim the margin to 11-4.
The Dukes continued the comeback effort with a six-run inning of their own in the sixth, as Semones, Zach Tondi, and Ryan Coale each tallied RBI singles before Parrott capped the frame with a two-run double to center to cut the lead to 11-10.
The teams would trade runs in the seventh, as Logan McRae (Florence, S.C.) plated Hart with an infield single before a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch answered for the Dukes in the home half. Both sides stranded two in the eighth – including a pair in scoring position for the Cougars – before Love retired the side in order in the JMU ninth to seal the nail-biting victory.
The Cougars will return to the diamond on Wednesday when they make the short trek to North Charleston to face in-town foe Charleston Southern at 6:00 pm.