The College of Charleston baseball team hosted the Cincinnati Bearcats over the weekend (Feb. 24-26), winning two of three in the first home series of the season.
After losing a tough mid-week road game to defending the national champions, Coastal Carolina, the Cougars (4-3) were able to bounce back against Cincinnati. This meeting was the first in school history between Charleston and Cincinnati.
The hottest player for the Cougars in their first action of the season was Logan McRae, who upon entering the weekend series ranked top 10 in the nation in home runs, home runs per game, RBI, and slugging percentage.
In Friday’s series opener, Bailey Ober took the mound for the Cougars going into the seventh inning while striking out six batters.
Charleston was able to strike first-scoring two runs in the third and thanks to Joey Mundy’s home run in the fifth inning,the Cougars were able to hang on despite Cincinnati’s best efforts in a 4-3 win.
Other standouts from Friday include Erven Roper who went 2-3 with a scored run.
Saturday’s pitcher for the Cougars was Carter Love who pitched into the sixth inning in a 5-4 loss to Cincinnati.The Cougars struck first in the second off a Danny Wondrack home run. But Cincinnati would counter with two runs in the third.
Charleston jumped back on top with a three run fifth inning to go up 4-2. However the Bearcats would rally to score three runs in the sixth and seventh innings and go up 5-4. The Cougars threatened to score in the home half of the ninth, but ultaimately fell 5-4.
In Sunday’s rubber match, Charleston was able to notch a 5-3 win, out-hitting Cincinnati 12-9.
Mundy led the way for the Cougars once again going 2-4 driving in two runs, while starting pitcher Evan Sisk tossed five scoreless innings.
The Cougars stretched their lead to 5-0 in the seventh with a two run inning. The Bearcats began to rally in the eighth-loading the bases but only scored one. Cincinnati threatened again in the 9th to cut the lead to 5-3 but would the comeback fell short as the Cougars held on 5-3.
The victory marks the second series win of the season, after earning the first series victory over an SEC school in the program’s history to open the season at Georgia.
The Cougars’ head to Georgia Southern for a mid-week matchup (Mar. 1, 6 p.m.) before playing a weekend home-and home three game series with crosstown rival, The Citadel. The Cougars will host The Citadel on Friday (March 3, 5 p.m.) and Sunday (March 5, 1 p.m.), with The Citadel playing host on Saturday (March 4, 3 p.m.).