CofC's Five-Run Ninth Downs Pirates, 11-8
Feb. 19, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Down two in the top of the ninth, College of Charleston rallied for five runs en route to an 11-8 win over ECU Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The Pirates fall to 4-2 on the season but still take two-of-three from their opponent for the second consecutive weekend.
Phillip Coker's two-RBI double in the top of the ninth put CofC (4-2) ahead 10-8 before the Cougars added their final run to close the scoring.
Only nine of the 19 runs scored between the two teams were earned, while CofC and ECU combined on seven errors, four for the Cougars and three for Pirates. CofC out-hit the Pirates 16-to-6, with seven different Cougars recording two hits on the day.
Stephen batts led ECU at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two singles, a walk, three RBI and a run scored. Adam Witter, who finished the day without a hit, scored three runs, reaching base twice on a walk and once on a fielder's choice. Dale Mollenhauer also plated two runs, both after reaching base on fielding errors by CofC leftfielders.
Ben Lasater, who finished the day 2-for-4, led the Cougars with three RBI. Michael Harrington, Phillip Coker and Oliver Marmol all recorded two RBI while Harrington and Chris Campbell each scored twice.
Chris Powell suffered the loss in relief, giving up three runs, on earned, on three hits in 3 2/3 innings. Starter Shane Mathews allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out five in 4 2/3 innings of work. Brody Taylor made his first appearance since 2004, allowing two runs on two hits without recording an out. Josh Dowdy and Scott Andrews each recorded an out in the ninth with Dowdy giving up two unearned runs on three hits and Andrews picking up a strikeout.
Josh McLaughlin earned his first win of the season with 4 1/3 innings of relief duty, allowing just one unearned run on two hits while walking two and striking out three. Danny Meszaros started for CofC and went 4 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs, only two of which were earned, on three hits. Quinn Monsma pitched in the fifth but did not record an out, giving up one hit and one walk.
The Pirates started the scoring in the second when Batts brought home Witter from third on a fielder's choice grounder to short.
ECU pushed the lead to 4-0 with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. A Harrison Eldridge groundout to second scored Jake Smith from third for the first run of the inning before an error by leftfielder Joey Friddle allowed two more runs to score.
With runners on first and second with two outs in the fifth, the Cougars plated their first run when an Oliver Marmol single to left scored Harrington from second. CofC then continued its two-out rally with two more back-to-back RBI singles to center off the bats of Friddle and Campbell. After a Alex Garabedian walk to load the bases, Lasater cleared the bases with a double down the leftfield line, putting CofC up 6-4.
A Witter fielder's choice grounder to short scored Mollenhauer from third in the bottom half of the fifth to cut the CofC lead to 6-5 before Batts put the Pirates in the lead with a two-out, two-RBI single to left, scoring pinch-runner Jamie Ray and Witter.
The third fielding error by a CofC leftfielder on the day allowed Mollenhauer to reach third to lead off the eighth. Two batters later, a Smith sac fly to center scored Mollenhauer to give ECU an 8-6 lead.
CofC loaded the bases in the ninth with one out when Harrington singled to center, scoring Campbell and pinch-runner Matt Kirkpatrick to tie the game at eight before Coker's double put the Cougars up 10-8. Marmol then doubled to left, scoring Coker to put CofC up three.
ECU will take the day off Monday before hosting Duke Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium.