In a rematch of their thrilling 23-inning contest last weekend, the second-seeded Charleston baseball team defeated the top-seed William & Mary, 3-1, in the semifinal round of the 2014 CAA Tournament.
With CAA Rookie of the Year Bailey Ober on the mound, the Cougars got off to a quick start. Ober needed just five pitches to get through the top of the Tribe order in the first inning.
Nick Pappas led the second inning off with his fourth home run of the year, a quick liner over the right field fence, to give Charleston a 1-0 lead.
After two strikeouts from Ober in bottom of the second, Blake Butler drove home Champ Rowland with a single in the third inning, pushing the Cougars lead to 2-0.
Ober did not allow a hit until the bottom of the fourth inning, but struck out the next batter to end any threat from the Tribe.
Brandon Murray launched a solo home run in the fifth inning, his first long ball since returning from a broken arm, to make it 3-0 Cougars.
William & Mary got on the board in the sixth inning with a solo home run, but that was all Ober gave up to the Tribe on the day. Ober pitched a complete game, allowing just five hits and striking out four, further cementing his case for National Freshman Pitcher of the Year. It was Ober’s ninth victory of the season.
The win was also the Cougars’ 40th on the season.
Charleston will now play the winner of Friday night’s UNCW vs. William & Mary matchup on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. for the championship. If the Cougars happen to lose their matchup at 1 p.m., they will have a second chance at the title immediately following, since the tournament is double elimination and Charleston currently has zero losses.
All games will be broadcast live on CAA.tv and locally on ESPN 910 radio.