WILMINGTON, North Carolina –Trey Pooser pitched six innings and the College of Charleston had 14 hits as the Cougars edged past UNCW to tie the Colonial Athletic Association’s series on Saturday with a 10-3 win.
The Cougars improved to 30-15 this season with the win on the road and 17-3 in conference. The Seahawks, meanwhile, fell to 25-20 and 10-7 in the league.
Pooser (4-1) made quick work of the UNCW lineup, scattering four hits, walking three and striking out four while lowering his ERA to 3.04. William Privette pitched the final three innings for his league-leading 10th save of the year.
Sam Cochrane took the honors with three hits while Tyler Sorrentino had two hits and scored twice.
UNCW Cyle Phelan (2-1) retired the first six batters he faced but couldn’t get out of the third inning as CofC busted for four runs.
Brooks Baldwin had a pair of hits to beat the Seahawks, who had just six hits in the afternoon. Ethan Baucom ruined CofC’s shutout bid with a three-run homer in the seventh. It was his 11th of the season.
How did it happen: Cochrane started the third inning with a single and was moved into scoring position with a sacrificial bunt. Cam Dean got the Cougars on the board with an RBI single a batter later and after a walk and a batter hit by Phelan to load the bases, JT Marr made it 3-0 with a two-run single to the right. The final run fell on Landon Choboy’s safety pressure on the batter later.
Inside the box score: CofC was 8 for 12 with RISP while Baucom’s home run was UNCW’s only hit with RISP in the afternoon… UNCW had only one lead hitter to reach safely… The Seahawks left nine runners on base, three of them in scoring position.
Home runs: UNCW- Ethan Baucom (11, two on and two on seventh, 412 feet center left, 105 bike out)
Following: The teams will play the rubber game Sunday at 1 p.m. as the Seahawks look to avoid losing their second straight CAA home series.