Pooser, Hawkins Pace Cougars to Blowout Win Over Dukes
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. --- Trey Pooser took a no-hitter into the seventh, Harrison Hawkins launched a fourth-inning grand slam and five Cougars drove in at least one run as College of Charleston blew out James Madison, 15-3, on Saturday afternoon at Patriots Point to clinch a series win in Colonial Athletic Association play.
Final Score: College of Charleston 15, James Madison 3
Location: Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Records: Charleston (15-14, 7-4 CAA), James Madison (5-9, 2-3 CAA)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Cougars broke open a 1-0 game with seven runs in the fourth highlighted by Hawkins’ second grand slam of the season. Charleston added three in the sixth, three in the seventh and one in the eighth to set a new season-high with 15 runs while Pooser retired the first 17 batters he faced and took a no-hitter into the seventh. Hawkins drove in five runs as Donald Hansis went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Pooser tossed a gem in his fifth start of the season, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out three over seven and one-third innings. The freshman right-hander took a perfect game into the sixth and did not surrender a hit until a leadoff homer by Fox Semones in the seventh.
· Charleston’s offense scored in double digits for the third straight game with a season-best 15 runs.
· The Cougars have now homered in nine straight games – the program’s longest such streak since the 2008 season.
· Hawkins’ fourth-inning grand slam was the Cougars’ sixth of the season, which ties the single-season program record set in 2008.
· Hansis finished a home run shy of the cycle and drove in a season-high three runs.
· Joseph Mershon went 1-for-5 with a walk to extend his reached base streak to 18 games.
· All nine members of the Cougars’ starting lineup reached base while nine different Cougars scored at least one run.
· Trotter Harlan reached base four times in a 2-for-4 effort with a triple, an RBI and three runs scored.
· Luke Stageberg went 3-for-5 with a double.
· Tanner Steffy reached three times and scored three runs.
· Zac Branham pitched a scoreless ninth in his fourth appearance.
· Jared Kirven added a two-run double in the seventh.
· The Cougars scored 11 of their 15 runs with two outs.
The Cougars will go for the sweep in the series finale tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Patriots Point.