MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – With the game tied at three in the last of the sixth inning, the 26th-ranked College of Charleston baseball team took advantage of a two-out error by the Elon Phoenix to claim an 8-3 victory in the rubber match of the three game league series on Sunday, April 12.
With the loss, Elon dropped to 16-18 overall and 7-5 in Colonial Athletic Association action. CofC improved to 24-8, 11-1.
Lucas Bakker (3-4) took the loss as he was charged with seven runs (three earned) in 5.2 innings.
The win went to Carter Love (3-0) who tossed 2.1 scoreless innings out of the Cougar bullpen.
Elon’s offense saw one multi-hit performance as Ryan Cooper went 2-for-4 with a run and one RBI.
Nick Pappas’ four-hit day led Charleston at the plate.
Up next: Elon returns home to Latham Park for its final midweek home game of the season. The Phoenix hosts Campbell at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14.
How it happened: After the Phoenix had tied the game at three in the top of the sixth on RBI singles from Casey Jones and Cooper, Charleston had two runners on with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Carl Wise then popped a ball up to shallow center where it was dropped by the Phoenix. The error allowed both runners to score to give CofC a 5-3 lead. Charleston would go on to score another three in the frame to secure the victory.
Inside the box score: Jones’ sixth-inning single stretched his streak of reaching base safely to a season-high 17 games … Elon hitters struck out just three times, the team’s second-lowest total of the season … For the first time all year, Elon failed to draw a walk.
Notes: Elon lost for the first time in league play when facing a left-handed starting pitcher (4-1) …The Phoenix is now 3-2 in its last five games.