CofC Holds On For Close Win Over 'Hawks
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - A four-run fourth inning gave the College of Charleston a 6-3 lead and the Cougars held off a pair of late rallies for a 6-5 win over UNCW on Wednesday at Brooks Field.
The Cougars, who fought through four errors, improved to 20-9 with the win and swept the season series from the Seahawks who dropped to 15-12 with the home loss.
Charleston trailed 3-2 entering the top of the fourth, but UNCW losing pitcher Justin Bradley (3-2) surrendered four runs, all earned, on one hit and four walks. Daniel Aldrich, who finished with two hits and four runs batted in, cleared the bases with a two-out triple that knocked in three runs and gave CofC a 6-3 lead.
Robert Jeroszko (3-2) earned the win going five-plus innings and allowing five runs, just two earned.
Bass and Alex Hill led the UNCW lineup with two hits apiece.
UNCW put runners on second and third in the eighth, but CofC reliever Jake Zowan struck out the final two hitters of the inning to end the threat.
In the ninth, UNCW loaded the bases with one out against closer Kyle Owings, who picked up his sixth save, but a double play ended inning and game.
Reliever William Prince retired the final 14 batters he faced to give UNCW an opportunity late to win. Prince allowed one hit in a career-high five shutout innings. He finished with four strikeouts.
The Seahawks return to action this Friday with a 6 p.m. start against Colonial Athletic Association co-leader Delaware.