MT. PLEASANT, S.C. --- USC Upstate scored 12 runs between the fifth and sixth innings, and held off a late charge by the College of Charleston to edge the Cougars in Sunday’s series finale, 13-10, at Patriots Point.
Final Score: USC Upstate 13, College of Charleston 10
Location: Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Records: Charleston (2-5), USC Upstate (6-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After the Spartans struck first with one in the top of the third, Brody Hopkins answered for the Cougars with a three-run shot to left center for his first collegiate homer to give Charleston a 3-1 lead. The Cougars would hold the advantage until the top of the fifth when Upstate pushed across four runs to go ahead, 5-3. Eight men then crossed the plate in the sixth inning for the Spartans to push the margin to 13-3. The Cougars made a late charge with seven runs over the final four frames to pull within three and had the tying run in the on-deck circle when the final out was recorded.
· Harrison Hawkins led the way for the offense with a 3-for-5 day that included a bases-clearing double in the seventh.
· Joseph Mershon and Donald Hansis each added multi-hit games as Hansis launched his first homer of the season.
· Caswell Smith battled his way through four innings allowing two runs (one earned) and striking out four.
· Steven Cook and Ryan Smith combined for four scoreless frames at the back end of the bullpen.
COUGAR OF THE GAME
Hopkins recorded the second multi-hit game of his young career with a 2-for-5 effort, highlighted by a go-ahead three-run homer in the third. The long ball was the first of his collegiate career and pushed his season RBI total to five.