With the win on Sunday against Mercer University, the College of Charleston baseball team has won its eighth game in a row, in addition to recording their second consecutive weekend sweep after sweeping the Citadel last weekend.
Friday night’s game featured Nathan Helvey from the Cougars and Ryan Askew for Mercer. Both pitchers pitched at least six innings and had four strikeouts.
The Cougars got the scoring going early by snagging a run in each of the first two innings, to take a 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the second inning. With the help of junior Jake Maziar’s two-run home run, Charleston was able to take game one of the series, 6-2.
Game two was a battle from the opening pitch. Both teams, much like in game one, pitched very well. The pitching match-up included Bailey Ober from Charleston against Conrad Cornell from Mercer University. Both teams scored early from the beginning but the first inning ended 2-1 in Charleston’s favor.
The teams were evenly matched throughout the whole game such that nobody was able to pull ahead. The game was tied going into the final inning where the Cougars had a chance not only to break the lead but to win the game.
Sure enough, with two outs in the game with Erven Roper on second base, Bradley Dixon battled to knock in the game winning hit and gave the Cougars the win. The victory gave the Cougars a record of 7-1 at Patriots Point this season and a victory in the series.
Sunday’s game featured an extensive amount of runs from both teams. Unlike the games on Friday and Saturday, however, runs were scored with ease. Both Charleston and Mercer were scoring at such at a high rate that at least one of the teams scored during almost every inning. In fact, both teams scored at least six runs in the fourth inning.
After Mercer broke for three runs in the top of the sixth inning and cut the lead to a 14-11 game, Charleston came back strong scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh off of a double from Bradley Dixon and a triple from Tommy Richter.
The Cougars held on to win 17-13, achieving a season high in hits with 14. The win completed the sweep and extended the team’s win streak to eight.
The Cougars next game is on Tuesday at 6 pm at Furman.