In a nationally ranked battle at Patriots Point, No. 20 College of Charleston used a four-run third inning to defeat No. 25 Coast Carolina, 8-5, on Wednesday night.
One night after using a late-inning comeback to beat a formidable Georgia Southern team, the Cougars wasted no time clawing back after Coastal Carolina took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third.
Charleston scored all four runs in the bottom of the third with two outs on the board. After Ryan Brown singled and Coastal issued two walks, Blake Butler walked to drive in the Cougars first run. Nick Pappas then singled to drive in two runs and Morgan Phillips added another RBI single to bring the Cougars’ lead to 4-1.
Coastal threatened in the following inning, but Charleston starter Nathan Helvey got a ground ball double play to end the inning with the bases loaded.
The Cougars added two runs in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run homer from Alex Pastorious and added another run in the fifth on a Champ Rowland RBI double to increase the lead to 7-1.
Coastal showed they are ranked for a reason, not quitting after falling behind by six runs.
Coastal added a run in the seventh after getting three men on base, but Pappas homered in the bottom half of the seventh to null the Coastal run.
A three-run homer in the eighth for Coastal would close the Charleston lead to 8-5, but Brandon Glazer nailed down the save for the Cougars in the ninth.
“We are finding ways to win. We are a very confident club right now, and we’re playing loose and having fun,” head coach Monte Lee said. “The big thing we’ve done all year long is putting up the big inning, and it’s been a major factor for us. When you look at most of the games we win, we find a way to throw up a big inning, and we did it again tonight in the fourth inning.”
The Cougars are now 29-9 and have recorded four wins over RPI top-40 teams (South Carolina, Indiana, Coastal Carolina twice) at the time of play this season. Charleston is ranked in every major Division I baseball poll, as high as No. 20 in the National Writers’ poll.
Charleston plays at home this weekend against former Southern Conference foe, Furman, beginning on Friday at 6 p.m.