Cougars Edge Seahawks, 6-5, To Even Series

WILMINGTON, NC - Clay Hunt (Fort Mill, S.C.) drove in two runs, Justin Baker (Huntersville, N.C.) tossed two and one-third scoreless innings, and Nathan Ocker (Middletown, Pa.) picked up his 10th save of the season as the College of Charleston baseball team edged UNC Wilmington, 6-5, on Friday evening to even the weekend series in Colonial Athletic Association play.

With the win, College of Charleston (35-17, 15-8 CAA) moves into a tie with Elon (34-21, 15-8 CAA) for second in the CAA standings with one game to play in the regular season. The Cougars pushed across six runs on seven hits and four walks, compared to five tallies on 10 base knocks for UNCW (33-20, 14-9 CAA).

Bradley Dixon (Greenwood, S.C.) and Ari Sechopoulos (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) each picked two base knocks and one RBI, as Hunt plated two with a 1-for-3 night. Danny Wondrack (Wall, N.J.) pushed one across, while Luke Morgan (New Lenox, Ill.) walked twice, scored twice, drove in one, and swiped two bags.

Griffin McLarty (Buckner, Ky.) battled through five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out seven in a no decision. After Carter Love (Charlotte, N.C.) was charged with two unearned runs in the sixth, Baker settled things down for the Cougars with two and one-third shutout innings to earn his first win of the season. Ocker recorded the final two outs to pick up his 16th career save.

Mason Berne clubbed his second two-run home run in as many games for the Seahawks as part of a 2-for-5 night. Zack Canada went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, while Cole Weiss picked up two hits and drove in two. Greg Jones went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases.

Landen Roupp lasted three innings for UNCW, allowing four runs – three earned – on three hits and two walks. Justin Walke pitched a scoreless fourth, while Luke Gesell surrendered one unearned run on one hit in three frames. Logan Beehler took the loss after allowing one run on one hit and two walks in one and one-third inning.

The Cougars and Seahawks will meet in the rubber game of the three-game set on Saturday at 2:00 pm, with two of the top four seeds in next week's CAA Tournament on the line.