MT. PLEASANT, SC - Clay Hunt (Fort Mill, S.C.) struck out 11 in six and one-third no-hit innings of relief, andLogan McRae (Florence, S.C.) drove in five with a 3-for-4 night to lead the No. 30 College of Charleston baseball team to an 11-4 win over No. 20 Coastal Carolina on Tuesday evening at Patriots Point.
With the victory, College of Charleston (20-6) runs its win streak to five games and records its first win over a ranked opponent since the Cougars' 3-1 win over No. 13 Arizona on May 12, 2017. The Cougars reached double digits in runs for the fifth time this season, pushing across 11 runs on 12 hits – four for extra bags – and six walks, while limiting Coastal Carolina (19-8) to four tallies on three base knocks.
McRae paced the offense with a 3-for-4 night that included a sac fly, an RBI double, and a mammoth three-run home run. Danny Wondrack (Wall, N.J.) clubbed his team-leading ninth home run of the season – a two-run shot – and drove in another with a sac fly in the first, while Luke Manzo (Marietta, Ga.) reached base four times and plated two.
Dupree Hart (Rock Hill, S.C.) went 2-for-4 and scored three runs, and Luke Morgan (New Lenox, Ill.) picked up two hits.K.J. Bryant (Taylors, S.C.) also drove in a run with a double in the third, as eight members of the batting order reached base.
Hunt delivered a dominating performance in relief, tossing six and one-third no-hit inning and striking out a career-high 11 batters to earn his second win of the season. Austin George (Mooresville, N.C.) got the start and left after one and one-third, allowing two earned runs on three hits and walking three. Zach Williams (Marietta, Ga.) surrendered one run on one hit and three walks in one and one-third frames.
Kieton Rivers led the way for Coastal with two RBIs as part of a 1-for-2 effort. Matt Beaird drove in a run as well, while Cory Wood roped a double, and Lee Sponseller added a single.
Anthony Simonelli got the start and lasted only one inning, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks. Patrick Orlando surrendered three runs – two earned on two hits in two frames to take the loss, while Jay Causey, Trevor Damron, and Dylan Gentry combined to allow four runs on five hits over the final five innings.
The Cougars return to the diamond on Friday in the first game of a weekend series at Elon in Colonial Athletic Association play. First pitch is set for 6:00 pm in Elon, N.C.