The College of Charleston baseball team (10-14, 2-1) began a three game series Friday evening against conference rival Hofstra (6-16, 1-2). The Cougars won the final two games of the series on Saturday and Sunday, snapping a seven game losing streak.
In Friday’s match up, the Cougars faced off in a classic pitching duel with Hofstra coming out on top 2-1. Charleston had big contributions from starting pitcher Nathan Ocker who struck out nine batters over six innings of work. Erven Roper also had a big day with three hits and scoring the Cougars’ lone run.
Hofstra struck first with a solo home run by Vito Friscia in the second inning. The Cougars would later tie the game in the fourth off Roper’s double.
The game remained tied until the ninth inning when Hofstra was able to drive in a run and take a 2-1 lead.
The Cougars had opportunities to win but were unable to cash in leaving 12 runners on base in a 2-1 loss to Hofstra.
In Saturday’s match up the Cougars scored 12 runs off nine hits in rout to a 12-1 victory over Hofstra. Hofstra meanwhile outhit Charleston but only managed to plate one run.
Cougars Dupree Hart, Tommy Richter and Bradley Dixon each collected two hits and were instrumental to their lopsided victory; scoring 10 runs in the third inning. In addition Hart drove in four runs of his own.
Charleston’s starting pitcher Jakob Frishmuth pitched six and two-thirds innings and struck out three batters-earning his first collegiate win.
Hofstra struggled to score notching their only run of the game in the ninth inning and falling to the Cougars 12-1.
In the series final the Cougars’ Dixon drove in two runs to lead the Cougars to a 4-2 victory and a series win.
The Cougars scored four runs on seven hits while Hofstra scored twice on nine hits. One big key for the Cougars is seven players were able to get a base hit in addition to Seth Wall and Joey Mundy each collecting an RBI.
Charleston stretched their lead in the eighth inning scoring a run off of Mundy’s single to push the lead to 4-2. Hofstra was unable to score in the ninth and fell once again to the Cougars 4-2.
A must needed win brings the Cougars in a three way tie at the top of the CAA with a 2-1 record in conference play.
Although the Cougars had been struggling as of late a series win over Hofstra could bring some momentum to the team in their upcoming games.
Charleston’s next game is at home against Georgia Southern on Tuesday (March 28, 7 p.m.).