Cougars Avenge Early Loss With 6-3 Win Over Eagles
STATESBORO, Ga. --- Joseph Mershon and Trotter Harlan were involved on all six of College of Charleston’s runs, CJ Czerwinski battled through five and one-third innings to earn the win and Zach Williams tossed three shutout frames to pick up the save as the Cougars held off Georgia Southern to extend their winning streak to three games with a 6-3 victory on Tuesday evening at JI Clements Stadium.
Final Score: College of Charleston 6, Georgia Southern 3
Location: Statesboro, Ga.
Records: Charleston (8-11), Georgia Southern (12-11)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The teams traded runs in the third inning with Harlan doubling home Mershon and Georgia Southern’s Steven Curry plating Parker Biederer with a single to send the game into the fourth tied at 1-1. Mershon broke the deadlock with a two-run double in the fifth and scored on a wild pitch to put the Cougars ahead 4-1. Christian Avant answered for the Eagles with a two-run homer in the sixth to trim the deficit to one at 4-3. The Cougars would capitalize on Eagle miscues in both the eighth and ninth to add two insurance runs and Williams shut the door with three scoreless to earn his second save of the season.
Zach Williams came into an emotionally-charged one-run game in the seventh inning and silenced the Eagles’ bats with three one-hit frames to help the Cougars close out their third straight win. The junior southpaw fanned two and stranded runners in scoring position in both the seventh and ninth innings.
· Mershon pushed his hitting streak to eight games with his seventh multi-hit game of the season, including four in the last five games.
· Harlan went 3-for-5 with his eighth multi-hit game of the season that included a career-high two doubles.
· Jared Kirven scored twice and posted his second straight three-hit game in a 3-for-4 performance.
· Czerwinski battled through five and one-third innings allowing three runs and striking out two to earn his first win of the season.
· Guillermo Grainer recorded two key outs to help the Cougars escape the sixth.
· Cam Dean reached twice and scored in a 1-for-3 effort.
The Cougars will travel to Harrisonburg, Va. to resume Colonial Athletic Association play with a weekend series against James Madison beginning on Friday afternoon. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.