Clay Hunt (Fort Mill, S.C.) reached base five times and drove in three runs, and Carter Love (Charlotte, N.C.) struck out seven in six innings of relief to lead the College of Charleston baseball team to a 10-6 win over The Citadel on Tuesday evening at Patriots Point.
College of Charleston (33-16) pushed across 10 runs on 15 hits, including seven base knocks with two outs, while limiting The Citadel (17-29) to one run after the second inning. The Cougars rallied from a 5-2 deficit with a four-run third inning, before Hunt launched a two-run homer in the fourth to put his team in front, 8-5.
Hunt went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and an RBI single to pace the offense, as Dupree Hart (Rock Hill, S.C.) and Tommy Richter (Wayne, Pa.) each collected three hits. Joey Mundy (Huntington, W.Va.) drove in two with a two-run double in the third as part of a 2-for-5 night, while Logan McRae (Florence, S.C.) went 2-for-4 with an RBI single. Richter, Bradley Dixon (Greenwood, S.C.), Luke Manzo (Marietta, Ga.) each picked up an RBI as well.
Love came into the game with two outs in the second in relief of Zach Williams (Marietta, Ga.) and lasted six innings, allowing one run on six hits and striking out seven to move to 7-0 on the season. Nathan Ocker (Middletown, Pa.) earned his ninth save of the campaign, and 12th of his career to move into a tie for sixth on the program’s all-time list. The junior right-hander struck out three of the four batters he faced after entered a four-run game with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth.
William Kinney led the way for The Citadel with four RBIs as part of a 2-for-5 night, including a bases-clearing double in the second that broke a 2-2 tie. Jonathan Sabo reached base four times with two hits and two walks, as Ben Peden went 2-for-5 with an RBI. The Bulldogs sent eight pitchers to the mound, with Ryan Stamler taking the loss after surrendering the go-ahead run in the third.
The Cougars return to the diamond on Wednesday when they travel to Columbia, S.C. to take on South Carolina in a neutral site showdown at Spirit Communications Park, home of the Columbia Fireflies. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 pm.