Cougars drop inaugural CAA series to Northeastern

Cougars drop inaugural CAA series to Northeastern

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Morgan Phillips recorded two hits in Charleston’s Saturday loss to Northeastern.
Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com.

The Charleston baseball team suffered a series loss to Northeastern over the weekend in their first conference games as members of the CAA.

Despite a win on Friday in a game that lasted five rain-ladened hours, the Cougars lost on both Saturday and Sunday to bring their overall record to 17-10.

Friday: Charleston 3, Northeastern 0

In Friday night’s rain plagued game, the Cougars overcame the delays to complete a 3-0 shutout over the Huskies, giving Charleston their first conference win of the season and first ever CAA win.

RHP Taylor Clarke had a stellar start on the mound Friday, complete with six strikeouts and six shutout innings.

After the late-night delay, RHP Chase Henry delivered two strong relief innings, striking out three batters. RHP Michael Hanzlik recorded his sixth save of the season, which is tops in the CAA.

Brandon Murray brought in the first run of the game during the third inning to get the Cougars on the board, 1-0. Gunnar Heidt had a big day, tallying his first three-hit game of the season complete with a double and two singles.

In the eighth inning, with the score 2-0, Brandon Glazer hit an RBI triple to bring home an insurance run.

Saturday: Northeastern 4, Charleston 3

Saturday’s game was moved up to 1 p.m. to avoid the impending rain, as Northeastern held on to win 4-3 over Charleston.

Northeastern got off to an early lead in the game, scoring three runs in the fourth inning on Charleston’s freshman standout pitcher Bailey Ober.

The Cougars scored two runs in the eighth inning, but could not complete the comeback.

Ober did not have his usual groove going, allowing five hits and three walks. It was Ober’s second consecutive loss after starting the season 4-0.

Morgan Phillips had two hits, while Nick Pappas doubled and scored a run in the loss.

Sunday: Northeastern 5, Charleston 3

Sunday’s rubber game saw much improved weather, but the Cougars could not take advantage of an early lead, falling 5-3.

Murray started off the day with a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning to give Charleston a 1-0 lead. It was Murray’s team-best fifth homer of the season. Murray now has 27 career home runs, which is seventh all-time in the Cougars record book.

The Huskies scored four runs in the seventh inning to take control and the Cougars were never able to rally back, giving Northeastern the series victory.

Alex Pastorious gave Charleston a glimpse of hope in the eighth inning with an RBI single, but the Cougars were not able to record another hit in the ballgame.

Sunday’s loss marked the first time that Charleston has lost two consecutive series since the end of 2012. It was also their first rubber game loss since March 17, 2013. Since then, the Cougars had been 8-0 in rubber games.

“We made some mistakes today and give Northeastern credit for taking advantage. They had some strong starts from their starting pitchers all weekend. We have to find a way to create some offensive production earlier in the game, and not having to keep rallying late. This week will be a big test on the road and we need to bounce back,” head coach Monte Lee said after Sunday’s loss.

Next Up: at Jacksonville, at Towson

The Cougars take the road on Wednesday for a midweek matchup at Jacksonville, before flying to Baltimore to take on Towson for their second CAA weekend series.

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Authored by: Caroline Kenny

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