MT. PLEASANT, S.C. --- Trotter Harlan collected seven hits, the pitching staff held William & Mary to a total of five runs and the defense was on full display as the College of Charleston swept both games of a doubleheader on Saturday to bounce back and win its opening series in Colonial Athletic Association play.
Final Score (Game One): College of Charleston 7, William & Mary 1
Final Score (Game Two): College of Charleston 6, William & Mary 4
Location: Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Records: Charleston (5-9, 2-1 CAA), William & Mary (2-8, 1-2 CAA)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Cougars put together a complete effort in game one of the doubleheader, pushing across seven runs and holding William & Mary to one run on seven hits to even the series at one game apiece. Harrison Hawkins provided the key hit with a two-out, three-run homer in the fifth. Charleston’s pitching staff, defense and timely hitting stole the show in game two as the Cougars rallied from a 4-2 deficit to sweep the doubleheader and take the series two games to one.
Second-year freshman Trotter Harlan opened the doubleheader with a stellar performance at the dish going 4-for-5 with a double to mark his first collegiate four-hit game. The Fountain Inn, S.C. native followed with a three-hit effort out of the leadoff spot in game two to provide the spark for the offense.
· The Cougars’ defense did not make an error in 77 chances in the doubleheader.
· Charleston also turned three double plays to leapfrog Georgia State for the top spot in the nation with 18 twin killings this season.
· Hawkins went 5-for-8 in the doubleheader and provided a major spark in game one with a three-run homer in the fifth.
· Trey Pooser tossed five solid innings to earn his second collegiate win in game one, allowing one run on four hits.
· Zach Williams kept the Tribe off the board for the final four frames in game one to earn his second career save.
· Guillermo Grainer battled through four and two-third innings in his first career weekend start in game two.
· Ryan Smith pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth in game two to earn the save.
· McLendon Sears delivered a clutch two-run, game-tying double in the sixth inning of game two.
· Jared Kirven added a two-run double in game one while going 3-for-4 on the day.
· Connor Campbell fanned four over one and two-thirds innings of work in game two to earn the win.