The College of Charleston baseball team injected a bit of drama into the weekend with a pair of walk off wins on Sunday to secure a sweep of James Madison, and set up a showdown for first place in the Colonial Athletic Association standings with Northeastern next weekend.
With the victory, College of Charleston (25-9, 7-2 CAA) extends its win streak to four and gives the Cougars a CAA-best seven wins in conference play. The Cougars also reached the 20-win plateau at Patriots Point with eight home games remaining on the schedule.
Danny Wondrack (Wall, N.J.) delivered the clutch hit in game one of the doubleheader with a walk-off RBI single off the wall in the eighth. Bradley Dixon (Greenwood, S.C.)’s infield single in the ninth inning of game two, and the subsequent wide throw to second allowed Bryson Ward (Gaffney, S.C.) to score the winning run for the Cougars’ second walk-off win of the day.
Luke Morgan (New Lenox, Ill.) went 3-for-8 in the doubleheader with a run scored, while Ari Sechopoulos (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) drove in two runs in game two with a solo homer and an RBI sac bunt. Wondrack and Logan McRae (Florence, S.C.) each plated a run in the twin-bill as well.
Griffin McLarty (Buckner, Ky.) surrendered one run on one hit and struck out nine in four and one-third innings before exiting with a no decision. Nathan Ocker (Middletown, Pa.) came in from the ‘pen and earned the win, striking out seven and scattering two hits across three and two-thirds shutout innings.
Jakob Frishmuth (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) took the ball in game two and pitched into the sixth, allowing one run on four hits and striking out four. Carter Love (Charlotte, N.C.) entered in the sixth to become the Cougars’ all-time leader in appearances with 88. The 6-foot-6 right-hander pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh, allowing one run on three hits and struck out seven in four innings to earn his fourth win of the season.
Both starters pitched well enough to win for the Dukes, but the offense was unable to take advantage of several multiple-base-runner situations. Kevin Kelly allowed two runs – one earned – on six hits and struck out six in seven and two-thirds innings in game one to take the loss. Nick Stewart surrendered two runs – one earned – on just two hits while striking out nine in seven and one-third in game two. Daniel Goggin took the loss in the second game, allowing one run on two hits and two walks in one inning of work.
James Madison left 13 men on base in the twin-bill – seven in game one, six in game two. Fox Semones went 3-for-8 in the doubleheader with two RBIs, as DaVonn Griffin drove in one and scored two.
-per CofC Athletics