CofC clinches series against Northeastern

MT. PLEASANT, SC - Dupree Hart (Rock Hill, S.C.) drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth, and Nathan Ocker (Middletown, Pa.) tossed four scoreless innings to lead the College of Charleston baseball team to a thrilling 5-4 come-from-behind win over Northeastern in Colonial Athletic Association play on Saturday afternoon.

The victory extends the College of Charleston's (27-9, 9-2 CAA) winning streak to six, and clinches the Cougars' eighth series win of the season. The Cougars pushed across five runs on 15 hits – three for extra bags – as all nine members of the batting order hit safely for the first time since April 5, 2017 at North Florida. Northeastern (18-13, 5-3 CAA) mustered four runs on 11 hits, including two for extra bases.

Hart, Danny Wondrack (Wall, N.J.), Clay Hunt (Fort Mill, S.C.), Luke Manzo (Marietta, Ga.), and Ari Sechopoulos (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) each drove in one run, as each of the first six members of the Cougar batting order recorded a multi-hit game. Sechopoulos got the Cougars off the mark with a leadoff home run in the third as part of a three-run inning.

Griffin McLarty (Buckner, Ky.) allowed four runs on eight hits and struck out six in five innings of work for a no-decision. Ocker entered with a runner on first in the sixth and scattered three hits across four scoreless frames to earn his second win of the season.

Max Burt paced the Huskies with a 3-for-4 afternoon, driving in two runs, and hitting the first of back-to-back home runs for Northeastern in the third. Ryan Solomon hit the second for his only hit of the day, as Kyle Peterson and Mason Koppens each went 2-for-4. Koppens drove in a run for the Huskies as well.

Brian Christian got the start and lasted four innings, allowing three runs on 10 hits and striking out one. Andrew Misiaszek surrendered two runs on five hits and struck out six in four frames to take the loss.

The Cougars will go for the series sweep on Sunday with Jakob Frishmuth (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) taking the ball. First pitch for Sunday's series finale has been moved forward to 11:00 am in an effort to avoid forecasted thunderstorms later in the afternoon.

-per CofC Athletics