MT. PLEASANT, S.C. --- Joseph Mershon clubbed three homers and drove in six runs to spark the offense and Jordan Carr tossed three and two-thirds shutout innings in relief as College of Charleston split a doubleheader with Tennessee Tech on Saturday afternoon at Patriots Point.
Final Score (Game One): College of Charleston 9, Tennessee Tech 6
Final Score (Game Two): Tennessee Tech 5, College of Charleston 4
Location: Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Records: Charleston (11-14), Tennessee Tech (11-13)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Mershon set the tone for the offense in game one, leading off the first with a homer before launching a three-run shot in the second as part of a 4-for-4 day with a total of five RBI. The Cougars would take a 6-1 lead into the sixth before Tennessee Tech plated five in the top half to even the score at 6-6. Mershon broke the tie with an RBI double in the home half and Harrison Hawkins drove in two with a double in the eighth to provide some insurance en route to a 9-6 victory. Tennessee Tech rallied from a 3-0 deficit in game two with two runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the eighth to snatch a doubleheader split.
Mershon stole the show at the plate with three homers as part of a 6-for-8 day. The second-year freshman reached base five times and finished a triple shy of the cycle in the opener with two home runs, a double, five RBI and four runs scored. He followed that with a 2-for-4 effort in game two that included a solo homer in the third. Mershon accounted for six of the Cougars’ 11 RBI in the doubleheader.
· Landon Choboy delivered a pair of key hits in game two with a two-run triple and an RBI single.
· Jordan Carr made an appearance in both games out of the bullpen, earning the save with two scoreless frames in game one before tossing one and two-thirds shutout innings in the nightcap.
· Tanner McCallister went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in game two.
· Mershon’s multi-homer effort in game one was the Cougars’ third of the season and first of his career.
· Ty Good allowed two runs and struck out six over five innings in game one.
· Zach Williams fanned two and surrendered one run in two frames to earn the game one win.
· Eight of the Cougars’ nine starters in game one reached base via a hit.
· Trey Pooser pitched into the fifth inning of game two with five strikeouts.
· William Privette surrendered one unearned run and fanned three over two innings while taking the game two loss.