MT. PLEASANT, S.C. --- Dupree Hart (Rock Hill, S.C.) drove in three runs, Tradd James (Sumter, S.C.) tossed five and one-third scoreless frames in relief, and Nathan Ocker (Middletown, Pa.) pitched a perfect ninth to lead College of Charleston to a 5-3 come-from-behind win over Towson on Saturday afternoon at Patriots Point.
The victory marks College of Charleston’s (31-19, 12-8 CAA) 17th comeback win of the season and keeps the Cougars two and one-half games clear of James Madison for second in the CAA standings. Charleston held Towson (13-36, 6-14 CAA) scoreless over the final seven innings after falling behind, 3-0, in the second.
Hart went 2-for-4 with three RBI’s to pace the offense. The senior put the Cougars on the board with a two-run triple in the second and gave Charleston the lead with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the sixth. Bradley Dixon (Greenwood, S.C.) collected two hits and drove in Hart with a game-tying RBI double. Chaz Davey (North Augusta, S.C.) went 2-for-4 as Logan McRae (Florence, S.C.) added an insurance run with a run-scoring single in the seventh.
James turned in a superb relief outing scattering three hits and striking out three over five and one-third scoreless innings to earn his third win. Josh Price (Dillion, S.C.) worked one and one-third blank frames and Ocker pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to collect his 26th career save.
Brad Powers drove in two of Towson’s three runs with a solo homer and an RBI single in a 2-for-5 effort. Javon Fields went 1-for-5 with a run-scoring single as Jack Rotteveel reached base four times in a 3-for-3 performance. Gavin Weyman took the loss for the Tigers after allowing four runs – one earned – on nine hits in five and one-third innings.