Aided by the return of two key players to the lineup, the College of Charleston baseball team (17-7, 3-0 CAA) began play in the Colonial Athletic Association over the weekend, outscoring the Delaware Blue Hens (16-8, 0-3) by 22 runs in a three game sweep.
On Friday, freshman Dupree Hart picked up right where he left off prior to missing ten games with a hand injury, singling and eventually scoring the first run in the home half of the first inning. He finished the game 3-4 with two runs scored and two runs batted in, to boost the Cougars to a 14-4 win in the conference opener.
Senior Alex Pistorius also returned from an injury on Friday, making his 2015 debut after missing the first 21 games of the season with a back injury. Celebrating the occasion with two of the Cougars’ ten hits in the game, and driving in a pair of runs.
Anticipating the inclement weather on Sunday, the game was rescheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday. The Cougars won the first game of the day, 3-2, before topping the Blue Hens 15-2, in the nightcap.
In Saturday’s first game, the Cougars’ three run first inning was enough run support for starting pitcher Bailey Ober. The redshirt sophomore went eight innings, allowing just two runs with six strikeouts in the 3-2 victory.
Thanks in large part to a three-hour rain delay, the nightcap of the doubleheader took six hours, 12 minutes to complete, making it the longest game in College of Charleston program history.
The Cougars offense certainly slowed things down, by scoring early and often. Sophomore third baseman Tommy Richter was 5-for-5 with a walk, a triple and scored five times in the 15-2 rout.
Mother Nature denied redshirt sophomore Michael Carpin the win after he pitched four innings of scoreless baseball. However, five Charleston pitchers combined to complete the series sweep.
Riding a five-game winning streak, the Cougars head to Colombia for a major test on Tuesday night, as they face the South Carolina Gamecocks (23-2, 6-0). The Gamecocks enter the game as the No. 2 ranked team in the country according to Collegiate Baseball’s latest Division I poll.