CHARLESTON, SC - Nathan Helvey was nearly unhittable as the senior went the distance and leading College of Charleston to a 5-1 victory over The Citadel at Joe Riley Park on Friday.
Helvey (2-0) didn't allow a base hit until the fifth inning and struck out six batters while walking none in the complete game effort. The Fort Mill, S.C., product had pitched 20 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to last season before The Bulldogs plated a run with one out in the ninth inning. It marks the first complete game of Helvey's career.
Offensively, Luke Manzo got the Cougars on the board with an RBI single in the second inning and doubled the team's lead with a RBI base hit in the sixth; Danny Wondrack scored both runs. Bradley Dixon was the only other Cougar to finish the game with multiple hits, he was 2-for-5 and scored a run.
Jake Maziar drove home a pair of runs with a pinch-hit single in the seventh. Bradley Jones picked up an RBI double in the eighth.
MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Leading 2-0 in the seventh, Jake Maziar came off the bench and doubled the Cougars lead. Bradley Dixon singled to start the inning. Morgan Phillips walked and Erven Roper was hit by a pitch before Maziar laced a 3-1 pitch into right field to score two runs.
After the Cougars (5-4) scored two runs in the seventh to build a 4-0 advantage, Helvey retired the Bulldogs (5-3) in order on just five pitches. The shutdown inning propelled the Cougars to victory as the team added an insurance run in the eighth.
HEAD COACH MATT HEATH
"Nathan Helvey has such great poise. He was commanding his fastball and working his offspeed pitches all night; he carried us. Offensively, Luke Manzo had two clutch base hits for us and did a great job defensively as well."
> CofC has now won six straight games in the series versus The Citadel.
> Ryan Brown's streak of 68 consecutive games ended on Friday. He did, however, enter as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and has now played in 69 consecutive games for the Cougars.
> Freshman Connor Grant made his first career start getting the nod in right field.
> Bradley Jones had homered in four straight games entering Friday. He finished the game 1-for-4 with an RBI double. He has now driven in a run in five consecutive games. Jones also extended his hitting and reached base streak to five games.
> Freshman Luke Manzo was 2-for-4 in the game. It was his second multi-hit games of the year and first multi-RBI game of his career.
> Junior Erven Roper was hit by a pitch eight times last season, tied for the team lead. He was hit twice on Friday to up his 2016 total to three.