The No. 24 ranked College of Charleston baseball team faced the No. 12 University of California, Santa Barbara in a series that ended in a tie. The first two games were split going into the Sunday match up, but due to a travel curfew the game ended in a tie.
Charleston’s 7-4 game one loss to UCSB on Friday afternoon featured a pitching duel between UCSB’s Shane Bieber and Nathan Helvey. Bieber threw a complete game striking out eight victims while Helvey struck out five batters but gave up six runs.
Tommy Richter of the Cougars hit his first career home run, a three run blast in the third inning which gave the Cougars a 3-0 lead.
Richter came back in the fifth inning to knock in his fourth run of the game-giving Richter his first career four RBI game. Unfortunately the run marked the last of the scoring for the Cougars as UCSB was able to hang on and win 7-4. Freshmen Dupree Hart and Luke Manzo each finished with two hits in the Cougars tenth loss of the season.
Saturday the Cougars bats came out swinging in a 10-3 victory over UCSB. The Cougars exploded in the fifth inning scoring six runs where three came from a home run thanks to Bradley Jones.
Jones went 2-4 on Saturday knocking in four RBI while starting pitcher Bailey Ober threw six innings in which he struck out six batters.
Hart, Manzo, and Richter combined to seven of the teams fourteen runs in the series going into the series finale.
Sunday marked the team’s fourth tie in team history and the first time since 2000, against Furman. With the game tied going to what should have been the tenth inning the game was called due to a travel curfew. A travel curfew is in place when the umpires call the game to allow the opposing team to get home on time.
Even with a tie there were standouts in the series to be noted. Among those were Hart who batted .417 with two doubles, Jones batted .364 with a double, home run and six RBI, and Sunday’s starting pitcher Eric Bauer went six deep allowing two runs.
The Cougars (21-10-1, 5-1) start the week atop of the standings in the CAA. Their next match up will be on Tuesday, April 12, when they hit the to play Coastal Carolina.