Logan McRae (Florence, S.C.) plated three runs and added his team-leading 11th home run of the season, as the College of Charleston baseball team fell to Northeastern by a score of 6-3 on Friday afternoon in the opening game of a weekend Colonial Athletic Association series at Friedman Diamond.
The result pulls Northeastern (14-16, 7-3 CAA) even with the College of Charleston (17-17, 7-3 CAA) at the top of the CAA standings. Northeastern plated six runs on 11 hits – including four for extra bases – while limiting the Cougars to three tallies on seven base knocks.
McRae paced the Charleston offense with a 2-for-4 day, driving in three runs and launching his team- and CAA-leading 11th home run of the season. Luke Manzo (Marietta, Ga.) and Dupree Hart (Rock Hill, S.C.) each scored a run, as Tommy Richter (Wayne, Pa.) added two hits and Erven Roper (Easley, S.C.) tallied his 10th double of the year.
BROOKLINE, MASS.-Bailey Ober (Charlotte, N.C.) surrendered four runs on five hits and struck out six - including five straight outs by way of the “K” to start the day - in three and two-thirds to take his first loss of the season. Tucker White (Sterling, Okla.) allowed two runs in one inning, while Will Detwiler (Camden, S.C.) tossed three and one-third shutout frames in relief.
Max Burt led the way for Northeastern with a 3-for-4 effort that included a double and two RBIs. Scott Holzwasser hit a two-run home run for the Huskies, while Nick Fanneron collected two hits and drove in a run.
Mike Fitzgerald lasted six innings, and allowed two runs on four hits with four strikeouts to earn the victory. Andrew Misiaszek surrendered one run in two innings of work, as Tyler Robinson struck out the side in the ninth to record the save.
The Huskies took an early lead with two runs in the first, as Burt drove in two with a two-out double to give Northeastern a 2-0 advantage. The Cougars countered with a two-run third to even the tally at 2-2 following McRae’s two-RBI single to center.
Northeastern would answer with one in the third and two in the fifth, pushing the lead to 5-2 after Holzwasser plated two with a home run to left in the fourth. An RBI single by Fanneron pushed the Northeastern advantage to 6-2 in the fifth. The Cougars pulled one back in the eighth when McRae launched a towering solo home run to left center to cut the lead to 6-3.
The Cougars and Huskies will meet in game two of the series on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:00 pm.
-per CofC Athletics