The College of Charleston baseball team hosted Virginia Commonwealth University over the weekend, in a series in which the Cougars were only able to win one of the three games.
The Cougars entered the weekend 9-1 at home on the season, and as the No. 23 ranked team in the nation. But VCU became the first visiting team to win a series at Patriots Point this season with their wins on Friday and Saturday.
Friday night’s game was a pitching duel. Both starting pitchers–Sean Thompson of VCU and Nathan Helvey of Charleston–pitched terrific games.
Despite the low scoring affair, VCU managed to land eight hits on the College of Charleston while the Cougars only had two. VCU won the opening game of the series on pitching and good defensive play, including six strikeouts over nine innings.
On Saturday, Bailey Ober looked like he would improve his perfect home record on his career (7-0) with seven strong innings where he only surrendered one run.
Even with a superb pitching effort from Ober, it still was not enough. VCU came back from a 3-1 deficit in the eighth inning with three runs to beat the Cougars 4-3.
The Cougars were able to get on base more but were not able to close the door on a good VCU team.
With the Cougars already down two games to none in the weekend series, Charleston looked to amend that with a win on Sunday.
Charleston Coach Matt Heath sent out freshman Nathan Ocker for the start of his career. Ocker went out and pitched four innings with two strike outs. Ocker benefited from a five run inning to lead his team to a 5-0 heading in the fourth inning.
The third time was the charm for the Cougars. They were able to thwart a small comeback effort from VCU to win the game, 7-4.
The win on Sunday improved the Cougars’ record at home this season to 10-3 (13-7 overall). Charleston’s next game is at home at Coastal Carolina on Tuesday at 6 p.m.