Last weekend the College of Charleston Men’s Baseball team travelled to Latham Park in Elon, North Carolina for a series against the Elon Phoenix.
Prior to this matchup, Elon resided in fourth place of the CAA while the Cougars remained in their first-place position.
For the first game of the series the College of Charleston started Evan Sisk, the left-handed junior from Chester, South Carolina. Sisk entered the game on a hot streak, having won his last four outings. Despite this, Friday did not go according to plan.
Sisk delivered a decent outing, going through six full innings but unfortunately allowing four runs.
Following his exit, the Cougars brought in two relief pitchers that both struggled in the seventh inning.
Will Detwiller was called in from the bullpen after a rocky start from Sisk. Detwiler did not calm the situation as he did not record an out and gave up three hits which led to four earned runs.
Kris Kuhn was called to relieve Detwiler and he managed to finish the inning only giving up one run.
Logan McRae stood out on the rough batting day, going 1-4 with two RBIs. Luke Morgan added the other RBI with his lone single in the game. The College fell to Elon 9-3 in the first game of the series.
In the second game, Griffin McLarty received his first loss of the year as the Cougars lost their second straight to Elon. His record now falls to 5-1.
The College’s bats showed signs of life in this second game as K.J Bryant went 3-4 with a run scored and Luke Manzo went 2-4 with an RBI. New Jersey native, Danny Wondrack chipped in a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning that brought Luke McRae in.
Unfortunately, Elon’s six runs scored in the first four innings was too much for the Cougars to handle and they went on to lose 7-5.
Going into the third game the Cougars were in desperate need of a solid pitching performance and more runs from their offense, and they got both. Clay Hunt improved his record to 3-0 as he only gave up one run.
Bradley Dixon and Luke Manzo combined on the day for four RBIs and Luke Morgan went 3-5, scoring a run. The Cougars scored two runs in the seventh inning to cap the comeback and went on to win 5-3.
This away trip was not what Charleston expected as they dropped two conference games to a team below them in the standings.
Despite going 1-2 in North Carolina this weekend the Cougars maintained their spot atop the CAA conference and their ranking of 30th in the country.
Up next, the Cougars host Charleston Southern for a two game series, followed by another conference series against James Madison.