Third-seeded Charleston belted four home runs and powered past #6 Hofstra, 10-3, in the second game of the CAA Baseball Championship at Veterans Memorial Park on Wednesday afternoon.
The Cougars (36-17) advance to face second-seeded Elon at 3 p.m. on Thursday, while the Pride (23-22) returns to the field at 7 p.m. tonight to meet #5 Delaware in an elimination game.
Senior Luke Morgan was 4-for-5 with a double, homer and three runs scored and junior Logan McRae was 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI’s to lead Charleston’s 16-hit attack. The Cougars also got two hits from Bradley Dixon, Ari Sechopoulos and Tommy Richter.
Vinnie Costello was the only Hofstra player with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI’s.
Junior left-hander Evan Sisk (10-3) recorded his 10th victory of the year after allowing three runs on five hits over 6.0 innings and striking out three. Justin Baker closed out the contest with three shutout frames to earn his first save of the season.
Charleston blew open a 2-2 game in the fifth by exploding for seven runs with two outs. The Cougars strung together five consecutive hits, including two-run homers by McRae and Danny Wondrack, that increased Charleston’s lead to four. Richter added a two-run single and came around to score on an RBI triple by Dupree Hart that made it 9-2.
Solo homers by Morgan in the first inning and Sechopoulos in the second staked Charleston to an early 2-0 advantage. Hofstra pulled even in the fifth as Vito Friscia and Rob Weissheier opened the frame with back-to-back singles and scored on Costello’s ground-rule double to left.
Both teams tacked on solo runs in the sixth. Rob Weissheier drove in the Hofstra run, while McRae delivered an RBI single for Charleston.