Cougars Bully the Duke Dogs in Charleston

Following a quick two-game series against Charleston Southern at Patriots Point, the College of Charleston hosted James Madison University for a three-game weekend series.

The Cougars entered this matchup against the Duke Dogs at 22-9 on the season and 4-2 in the CAA conference.

After losing a series to Elon away from home, the College dropped out of the college baseball rankings. Previously they were ranking 30th in the country. Despite this unfortunate news, the Cougars retained their position at the peak of the CAA conference.

Evan Sisk continued his great pitching season on Friday, making it through nearly eight innings.

This relatively strong performance was plagued by a three-run home-run that he surrendered in the eighth that ultimately led to him being relieved by head coach Chad Holbrook.

Prior to this gaffe, Sisk had gone through seven innings and only allowed four hits and one run.

Although Sisk was accountable for four runs in his start, he was rescued by his teammates who managed to score a total of six runs in the game. Clay Hunt, the first baseman, went 2-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Charleston seized the game in the sixth inning when they rallied to score three runs. The strong inning began with Cameron Garrett walk on seven pitches and was continued with Tommy Richter, Luke Manzo and Clay Hunt singles.

Charleston went on to win the game 6-4.

Saturday’s game was postponed and eventually cancelled due to rain and thunderstorms. The game was rescheduled for Sunday, creating a doubleheader at Patriot’s Point.

Game one of the day started at 11 a.m. and featured a pitching duel between Nathan Ocker and Kevin Kelly. James Madison struck first in the fifth inning with some smart baseball.

Griffin DaVonn singled, was bunted over to second and was then knocked in by Fox Semones.

The Cougars struck back in the bottom of the sixth with a sacrifice fly from Logan McRae that scored Luke Morgan. In the bottom of the eighth, Danny Woodrack would become the hero as he singled to left field, scoring Joey Mundy, the left fielder.

The College escaped the morning game with a hard-fought 2-1 victory.

After a short intermission following the ending of the first game, game two began a little after 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Carter Love got the start for the Cougars in this game and he improved his record to 4-0 on the season, going four innings and giving up one run.

Once again James Madison struck first in the third inning with an RBI from Fox Semones, however, Charleston answered in the bottom half of the inning with an Ari Sechopoulos solo home-run.

The two teams traded one run in the seventh and eighth inning, scoring one each to make the score 2-2. Charleston won the game thanks to a walk-off error committed by Josh Jones of JMU as Bryson Ward scored off a throw that did not hit the mark.

Following this sweep, the Cougars improve their overall record to 25-9 overall and 7-2 in the conference.

Charleston has been dominant at home this season, currently 20-5, but have struggled in away games as their record is 5-4 away from Patriots Point.

Next, the Cougars will play the Citadel in a one-off game on Wednesday, April 11. After that, they will host Northeastern in a conference series. Charleston will look to continue their dominant form in the CAA and at home.

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