Big South Baseball Teams Post Five Wins on Tuesday


The Presbyterian College baseball team posted a season-high 13 runs-four on a grand slam from Kenny Bryant (Goose Creek, S.C.)-and the Blue Hose knocked off visiting Davidson in a rout on Wednesday afternoon, 13-5.

PC improves to 14-20 on the year while Davidson falls to 11-19.

Jay Lizanich (Greer, S.C.), Brandon Paul (Augusta, Ga.) and Nate Chong (Duluth, Ga.) each picked up three hits on the day en route to a season-best 18 hits for the Blue Hose.

Bryant hit a grand slam in the sixth inning for his team-leading fifth home run. Brad Zebedis (Rock Hill, S.C.) and Chong also went yard in the effort.

Senior Matt Nodelman (Columbia, S.C.) earned his first career win with four solid innings of early relief, allowing only one unearned run and one hit.

Davidson struck first, manufacturing two runs on one hit off of Kelly Wright (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) in the first inning. Wright's start marked the first of his career.

The Blue Hose grabbed a lead in the bottom of the frame and never looked back. A pair of singles from Billy Motroni (Goose Creek, S.C.) and Lizanich put two aboard for Brad Zebedis, who smacked the first pitch he saw over the left field fence for a three-run home run.

PC added two in the second to extend its lead to 5-2. Chong led off the frame by hitting his fourth home run of the season, followed by a John Wagner (Olney, Md.) single. Wagner stole second and Lizanich brought him home on a single through the left side for an RBI base hit.

Davidson scored two runs in the top of the third on RBIs from Michael Zeblo and David Daniels, but PC took one back in the bottom of the inning. Paul knocked a one-out double down the left field line and Robby Swab (Kernsersville, N.C.) cashed in, lifting a double to right field and giving PC a 6-4 advantage.

After Davidson scored one run on no hits and an error in the sixth, the PC offense exploded. The Blue Hose went off for seven hits and six runs, beginning on an Aaron Preston (Goose Creek, S.C.) RBI double to score Chong. Motroni followed by singling home Preston.

With two aboard, Lizanich beat out an infield hit to load the bases for Bryant. The senior did not disappoint the PC crowd, pulling a 2-2 pitch over the right field fence for a grand slam. The home run marked the 21st of Bryant's career.

PC tacked on a run in the eighth, using a walk and a single to set up a Chong RBI base hit. The Blue Hose closed down Davidson in the ninth to take the win, 13-5.

PC returns to Big South Conference action this weekend with a three-game series at High Point. The first game is slated for Friday at 6 p.m.

UNC Asheville scored four runs in the fifth inning as the Bulldogs rallied past East Tennessee State 7-3 Tuesday afternoon at Greenwood Field.

The Bulldogs (16-18) received standout relief pitching from four different hurlers as the Buccaneers (15-15) did not score after a two-run fifth inning where they took the lead 3-2.

Asheville was led at the plate by Hunter Bryant with three hits, while Patrick Koontz had two hits, two RBI and his second home run of the season. Cody Adkins also drove in two runs.

Klint Davis (1-0) picked up his first win of the season as he came in the fifth inning with two on and nobody out and two runs for the Bucs as they led 3-2. He got a double-play ball and a ground-out to end the ETSU rally. Ethan Steible recorded the final two outs to earn his third save of the year.

Asheville trailed 3-2 entering the bottom of the fifth but quickly rallied. Jordan Lurie opened the inning up with a double. He went to third on Eli Miller's single. Koontz then singled to right to score Lurie. The ball got away from right-fielder Andrew Green for an error, allowing Miller to score to give the Bulldogs the lead for good at 4-3. Koontz stopped at second.

One out later, Todd Joyner's sacrifice fly scored Koontz for a 5-3 Bulldog lead.  Later in the inning, Adkins' RBI-single plated Aaron Wright for a 6-3 Asheville lead.

The Bulldogs picked up some insurance in the sixth. Lurie walked, stole second and went to third on a Miller ground-out. ETSU reliever Will Carter was attempting to intentionally walk Koontz but his second pitch was wild, scoring Lurie for a 7-3 lead.

Reliever Dillon Tabar pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth inning for the Bulldogs. He got one out in the ninth before giving up back-to-back singles. Steible relieved Tabar and got a strikeout before walking Corey McPherson to load the bases.

With the tying run at the plate, Steible induced Chris Riopedre to ground out and end a seven-game losing streak to ETSU dating back to the 2006 season.

The Bulldogs opened scoring in the first inning when Koontz hit a solo home run for a 1-0 Asheville lead.

ETSU (15-15) knotted things up in the fourth on Matthew Scruggs solo home run. It was his 12th of the season.

Adkins drove in Joyner on a sacrifice fly in the fourth to put the Bulldogs in front 2-1. The Bucs scored twice in the fifth on an RBI-double from Mason Hersey and a run-scoring single from McPherson.

UNC Asheville is back in action Wednesday night when the Bulldogs visit national power UNC Chapel Hill at 6 p.m.

Campbell rallied from an early 5-0 deficit to score 18 unanswered runs in an 18-5 victory over North Carolina A&T on Tuesday night at Taylor Field. Ben McQuown went 3-for-4 with four RBI and four runs scored to lead the Camel offensive effort as Campbell improved to 27-7 on the season. North Carolina A&T falls to 12-20 overall.

The Aggies got on the board with a five-run second inning, using five hits and one error to take the early 5-0 lead. Dairio Little contributed a two-RBI single during the stretch for the Aggies, part of a 3-for-5 night at the plate for the junior infielder.

CU got one run back in the bottom of the second, with David Olson scoring on Michael DeLucia's RBI single. DeLucia was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in his second start of the season.

Campbell took the lead in the third inning when the Camels scored six runs, triggered by consecutive walks to begin the frame. McQuown then added an RBI single and Michael Felton followed with a single that loaded the bases. After Jake Kirkland was hit by a pitch, Olson tallied an RBI single to push the lead to 4-2. Nick Ray added a sacrifice fly and two more runners later scored on wild pitches.

In a six-run fifth inning for the Camels, McQuown contributed a three-RBI double that tied his season high for RBI. Olson then added a two-run homer to left field that increased the CU lead to 16-5. Olson was 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored in the game.

Paul Eyster (2-1) picked up the win for the Camels, tossing four innings of no-hit, shutout ball in relief of Heath Bowers. Eyster collected five strikeouts while walking no Aggie batters. Andrew Cook (0-4) took the loss for A&T, surrendering four hits and six runs in two-plus innings of work.

Jordan Farthing and Michael Griffin each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Camels during the eighth and ninth innings.

Campbell returns to action on Wednesday evening when the Camels travel to Durham Athletic Park to take on North Carolina Central at 6 p.m. North Carolina A&T travels to Radford on Wednesday to face the Highlanders.

The Liberty Flames built a 5-0 lead through the first five innings and never looked back, en route to a 5-1 win over the James Madison Dukes, Tuesday evening at Worthington Stadium.

Left fielder Ian Parmley had three hits and first baseman Alex Close hit his sixth home run of the year for the Flames in the contest. It was Parmley's third three-hit game of the year. The senior also stole two bases and scored a run to move his nation-leading total to 44 runs scored.

Liberty improves to 28-8 on the year, winning its second meeting with James Madison this season. James Madison falls to 9-23-1.

In the home half of the third, the Flames staked themselves to a 2-0 advantage. Parmley opened the inning with single, stole second base and advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Zack Haley. Second baseman Bryan Aanderud plated the Liberty left fielder with a RBI ground out for a 1-0 lead. Designated hitter Danny Grauer and Close followed with singles, and Grauer scored on a single by right fielder Josh Richardson for a 2-0 edge.

Liberty added to its advantage with a run in the fourth. With one out, center fielder Ashton Perritt reached on a bunt single and moved to second base on a bunt single by Parmley.  After advancing to third base on a fly out, Perritt scored on a wild pitch by James Madison reliever Trent Cundiff to make it, 3-0 Flames.

In the fifth, Liberty extended its lead with two more runs. Close began the inning with a home run over the right field wall for a 4-0 advantage. After the next batter Richardson walked, catcher Trey Wimmer doubled to put two runners in scoring position.  Third baseman Dalton Sype then lined a run-scoring single into right field, giving Liberty a 5-0 lead.

The visiting Dukes pushed across their lone run in the sixth. A two-out double by third baseman Conner Brown scored catcher Nick Mercuillo, who was hit by a pitch, for what proved to be the final score of 5-1.

Four Liberty pitchers combined to hold James Madison to one run on three hits.  Flames starter Brook Roy moves to 4-0 on the season. The right-hander allowed one run on one hit over the first four innings.  He struck out three batters and walked one.

Starter Ben Garner, the first of five James Madison pitchers in the contest, drops to 0-2 on the season.  Garner gave up two runs on six hits over 2 2/3 innings.  He struck out one batter and walked one.

Liberty collected 13 hits in the contest. Besides Parmley and Close's multi-hit games, Grauer recorded his first multiple-hit game of the year with two hits.

Liberty now travels to Rock Hill, S.C., this weekend for a three-game Big South series with the Winthrop Eagles.  Game for the series opener is scheduled for 6 p.m., Friday at the Winthrop Ballpark.  The contest will be the first of a season-long nine-game road swing for the Flames.

Gardner-Webb scored four runs with six hits in the bottom of the eighth to spark a 6-3 win over No. 27 Appalachian State Tuesday night at John Henry Moss Stadium/Bill Masters Field.

Gardner-Webb (18-16) improved to 3-2 on the season against nationally-ranked teams with the win. Adam Izokovic earned his sixth save of the year in the ninth, pitching out of a bases-loaded jam to end the game.

The game marked the first back-to-back losses for Appalachian State (24-7) this season.

The Mountaineers looked poised to come away with a close win after surging ahead in the top of the seventh.

Tyler Tewell started the seventh-inning rally for the visitors, belting a single to right center, and Jeremy Dowdy reached on an error to put runners at second and third. Trey Holmes then ripped a double to left center to drive in both Tewell and Dowdy, putting the Mountaineers on top 3-2.

GWU reliever Mitch Warner came on to get out of the jam, however, getting a ground ball, a pop up to third base and a strikeout to end the frame.

Gardner-Webb responded with one out in the bottom of the eighth, with Benji Jackson and Scott Johnson roping back-to-back doubles to tie the game, 3-3. Johnson's double down the line plated pinch runner Alex Newman, and was the second of six consecutive hits for the 'Dogs in the frame.

Zeke Blanton followed Johnson's double with a single to put runners at first and third, and Ryan Hodge drove in the go ahead run with a sharp single through the right side. Blanton scored on the same play from first, when the throw from right field scooted into the Gardner-Webb dugout to give the hosts a 5-3 edge.

Hodge dashed home from third on a wild pitch for a 6-3 lead to end the scoring. John Harris followed that play with a single up the middle, but was thrown out during the ensuing at bat trying for third on a failed pickoff attempt. Dusty Quattlebaum belted a two-out double to the wall in right center, but was stranded to end the inning.

Izokovic came on to get the first out of the ninth inning, but Appalachian State drew two consecutive walks to bring the tying run to the plate. An infield single by Brandon Burris loaded the bases, but Izokovic got a pop up to left and a fly ball to right to end the game with the 6-3 lead intact.

Gardner-Webb went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first, with Hodge scoring from second on a fielding error with two outs. Hodge singled earlier in the inning.

The Mountaineers rallied to tie the score in the top of the fifth, with Trey Holmes collecting a two-out single - then scoring on a Burris ball to deep left that was jarred loose by the outfield fence for an RBI double.

Quattlebaum roped a two-out double in the bottom of the fifth to break the tie, scoring catcher Harris from first to give Gardner-Webb a 2-1 advantage before Appalachian rallied in the seventh.

Warner (2-1) picked up the relief win, retiring all five batters he faced with one strikeout. Starter Andrew Barnett was strong in a no decision, striking out a career-high eight batters in 6.1 innings of work and allowing just two earned runs.

Hodge led an 11-hit attack by the Gardner-Webb offense, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. The Charlotte, N.C., freshman (Butler HS) is riding a 14-game hit streak, the longest of the season for any GWU hitter.

Quattlebaum (2-for-5, 2 2B, RBI) and Johnson (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) also had multiple hits for the Runnin' Bulldogs.

Tyler Moore (2-1) took the loss out of the bullpen for Appalachian State, allowing four runs on four hits in just 0.1 innings. Moore was one of seven Mountaineer pitchers used in the game, with starter Jamie Nunn allowing just one earned run on four hits in 4.2 innings.

Appalachian State had seven hits in the game, getting a pair from Tewell (2-for-4, run), Holmes (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI) and Burris (2-for-4, 2B, RBI).

Charleston Southern (12-22) jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, but it would not be hold as USC Upstate (22-11) captured a 7-5 victory on Tuesday evening at Harley Park.

The Buccaneer offense did not waste any time scoring in the ball game. With one out, back-to-back singles from Jaren Sustar and John Faircloth set up an Alex Tomasovich double down the right field line that scored Sustar and gave the Bucs a quick 1-0 lead. After an RBI groundout from Chase Shelton that made it 2-0, designated hitter Walt Quattlebaum took a 2-0 pitch thru the left side and into left field, scoring Tomasovich to extend the lead to 3-0.

CSU starter Kevin Buran cruised thru the first two innings before hitting some trouble in the bottom half of the third. Austin Liput singled to start the inning for the Spartans and Brody Greer drew a walk to make it first and second with no outs.

Leadoff man Jordan Stampler executed with a perfect sacrifice bunt to move both runners up 90 feet followed by Buran issuing his second walk of the inning to Dillon Way to load the bases. Buran then fanned Gaither Bumgardner, one of Buran's two strikeouts in the ball game, before giving up a two-out single to Greg Guers.

Guers' single was misplayed by Buccaneer center fielder Bobby Ison, allowing Guers to advance all the way to third and in the process scoring all three runs. Tyler Miller then knocked a triple into the right-center field gap to make it 4-0 and in the process ended Buran's night.

Kyle Ward (0-2) came out of the CSU bullpen to replace Buran with two outs in the bottom of the third. Ward induced a pop-up to the infield to end the Upstate rally.

Buran went 2 2/3 innings giving up four earned runs on four hits. He had two strikeouts and allowed three walks.

Charleston Southern answered immediately to the Spartans' big inning. Quattlebaum collected his second hit of the ball game off Upstate starter Chris Cox. With two outs, Blake Hunt came thru with a single to right field that moved Quattlebaum to third. Freshman Robbie Streett then followed with a two-out base-hit of his own that knotted the game 4-4.
Cox tossed four innings for the Spartans. He also gave up four runs along with seven hits and one strikeout.

USC Upstate would regain the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Brandon Patterson reached by when a Ward pitch hit him in the arm but was forced out at second on a fielder's choice by Liput. After Greer walked to make it first and second, both runners would advance a base each on a wild pitch. With two outs, Way chopped a ball to third base and barely beat the throw across the diamond from Faircloth for an infield single that gave the Spartans the 5-4 edge.

Trailing 6-4, Streett drew a walk to start the bottom of the seventh for the Bucs off reliever L.J. Newman (1-1). Harrison Wilkins came on to pinch-run and advanced to second on Ison's sacrifice bunt for the first out of the inning. Faircloth would come thru with a two-out single that scored Wilkins, cutting the Spartan lead down to one.

Upstate would tack on one more run in the seventh when Trey Richardson took a Brennan Dorsett pitch off the wall in left field for a double, plating Guers.

Dorsett tossed 2 2/3 innings in relief for the Bucs. He allowed two earned runs on four hits and struck out one Upstate batter.

Corey Deighan came on to throw the last 1 1/3 innings for CSU. He did not allow a run while also striking out two.

Newman picked up the win for the Spartans, his first of the season. He threw three innings of relief in which he allowed one earned run on three hits. He also walked one and struck out one.

The loss went to Kyle Ward for the Bucs. Ward gave up just one earned run on one hit in 1 1/3 innings.

Chad Sobotka earned his seventh save of the season for Upstate as he tossed a scoreless ninth inning.

Quattlebaum led the way offensively for Charleston Southern with three hits in the ball game. Sustar and Faircloth each added two hits for the Buccaneer offense.

The Spartans were led by Guers, Miller and Richardson who all had two hits each.

Charleston Southern returns to the diamond tomorrow afternoon when they welcome Colonial Athletic Association member UNC-Wilmington to CSU Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

Jake Koenig only had one hit in five at bats, but it proved to be the game winner at UNC Wilmington defeated Coastal Carolina, 5-4, in 10 innings Tuesday night at Brooks Field. The Chants fall to 20-11 and the Seahawks, which have won 14 of their last 20 since losing to CCU on Mar. 7, are 17-15.

In the 10th, Thomas Pope had a leadoff infield single and moved to second on a Drew Farber sacrifice bunt. Koenig hit the first pitch he saw from Aaron Burke. The ball was just beyond the reach of CCU shortstop Brian Pruett and left fielder Adam Eggnatz made a strong throw home but Pope slid in just before the tag for the UNCW win.

Both teams had chances to score early, and the Seahawks would finally put a tally on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Andrew Cain was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a Hunter Ridge single to right. Coastal starter Javier Reynoso looked to escape unscathed, but a slow roller to short off the bat of Thomas Pope would end up being an RBI infield single.

Coastal tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth. Daniel Bowman lined an infield single off the pitcher's back and moved to third on Rich Witten's single down the right field line. Tucker Frawley reached on a fielder's choice, allowing Bowman to score in the process.

Wilmington regained the lead in the fifth. Michael Bass hit a leadoff triple and scored on Matt Campbell's sacrifice fly to deep center field for a 2-1 UNCW advantage.

The Chants tied the game then took their first lead of the game in the top of the eighth. With one out, Justin Creel walked, Jacob May was hit by a pitch and Alex Buccilli walked to load the bases. Bowman grounded out, but was able to drive in Creel. The RBI was the 184th of his career, moving him into a tie for second on the CCU all-time list and two shy of the school record of 186, held by Brandon Powell (2000-03). Witten followed with a sharp single to left, plating both May and Buccilli for a 4-2 lead.

The Seahawks wasted no time getting back into the game in the home half of the eighth. Tyler Molinaro hit a leadoff double and Andrew Cain put runners on the corners with an infield single. Ridge hit a dribbler to shortstop for in infield hit, but an error on the play would put runners on the corner once again. Pope tied the game at 4-4 with a sacrifice fly to right field.

In the bottom of the ninth, UNCW loaded the bases with two out but Aaron Burke got a ground out to force extra innings. The play was not as easy as Burke reached to make the play with the ball tipping off his glove to Creel, who made the play at first.

Burke was saddled with the loss, falling to 4-2. He pitched 2.1 innings and allowed four hits, one run and two walks. Reynoso scattered five hits over his five innings, allowing two runs. Ryan Connolly struck out three over 2.0 innings, giving up two hits and two runs (one earned) with a walk.

Tom Timoney (1-1) earned the win, allowing just one hit and one walk with a strikeout in two inning's work.

Coastal Carolina ends its nine-game road swing with a home contest with The Citadel on Wednesday. First pitch at Watson Stadium is set for 6 pm.

Virginia Tech broke the game open with a six-run fifth inning, cruising to a 13-5 win over Radford in front of a season-high 1,032 fans on Tuesday night.

Jeff Kemp went 3-for-4 and scored twice for the Highlanders (17-15), while Matt Hillsinger went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.

Johnny Morales and Chad Pinder had three hits each and hit three-run homers for the Hokies (23-12), who won their fifth game in a row.  Morales' blast came in the fifth, which was hit into the wind in left field and broke a 2-2 tie.  Pinder launched his three-run homer in the sixth inning, extending the Virginia Tech to lead to 10-4.

Like the first meeting, the Highlanders scored first in the third inning.  With two on, a misplayed ball in left field off a single by Hillsinger plated Josh Gardiner. Matt Mack put down a squeeze bunt down on the next play to bring home Kemp and make it a 2-0 lead for Radford.

Tech got on the board on Pinder's groundout to the right side in the fourth before taking control with a six-run fifth, highlighted by the Morales home run.

With Tech ahead 7-2, the Highlanders closed the gap to three runs in the bottom half of the fifth on RBI doubles by Hillsinger and Cory Turner, making it a 7-4 lead for the Hokies.  However, Pinder's homer in the sixth made it a six-run lead.

Patrick Scoggin got the win (1-1) for Virginia Tech, striking out four while allowing three runs on seven hits in three innings.

Keith Fritz, who started and allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings, took the loss (2-4).

Radford continues its six-game homestand on Wednesday against North Carolina A&T at 6 p.m.

VCU 18, VMI 1
Matt Winn hit his first collegiate home run, giving the VMI Keydets a 1-0 lead in the third, but the VCU Rams scored the next 18 runs en route to an 18-1 victory in non-conference baseball action Tuesday night at The Diamond in Richmond, Va.

Winn's blast off Seth Cutler-Voltz (3-2) was hit to left field, after the VCU starter had struck out six Keydets over the first 2 2/3 innings. VCU then answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning, before scoring 15 runs in the middle three frames to put the contest away. Culter-Voltz picked up the win, allowing one run over six innings and striking out 10. Connor Bach (0-3) took the loss for VMI, giving up five runs (four earned) over 3 2/3 frames.

After the Keydets pulled ahead in the third, Brent Mikionis tied the game for VCU in the bottom half, thanks to a RBI single to left field. Jordan Weymouth then scored on a wild pitch, giving the Rams a 2-1 lead.

That margin grew to 5-1 in the fourth, despite Bach retiring the first two hitters. After he did so, Vimael Machin drew a two-out walk. Paul Nice followed with a single, and Bill Cullen hit a drive to the right-center field gap. The ball bounced off the wall on the fly and caromed back toward the infield, away from the grasp of the Keydet outfielders. Cullen was able to round third and narrowly slide around the tag of Winn at home, recording a three-run, inside the park home run to push the VCU lead to 5-1.

The Rams pulled away in the fifth, adding eight runs against the Keydet bullpen to increase the lead to 13-1. Four more runs followed in the sixth, with the lone VMI bright spot during those innings being the debut of right-hander Andrew Woods, who threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings. He retired all four hitters he faced in his first collegiate outing.

VCU capped the scoring with a run in the eighth. Brandon Angus was the lone Keydet to post two hits, doing so for the first time in his brief collegiate career. Cullen went 5 for 6 with five RBI to lead the home team.

VMI baseball will return to action Wednesday, playing host to the Longwood Lancers at Gray-Minor Stadium. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

The Winthrop baseball team allowed a season-high 18 hits on Tuesday evening as it fell 16-3 to the College of Charleston Cougars at The Ballpark at Patriot's Point in non-conference action.

The Eagles fall to 11-23 on the season, while the Cougars improve to 23-11 overall.

Ryan West (3-3) earned the win tossing 6.0 innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits, no walks and seven strikeouts. Preston Johnson (1-5) suffered the loss allowing seven runs on six hits, four walks and one strikeout in 3.0 innings of work.

College of Charleston jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning aided by three Johnson walks. Marty Gantt led off the inning with a single to left field and then stole second and third bases. Tyler Jackson would drive in Gantt on his RBI groundout to first. Johnson then surrendered a single to center field by Daniel Aldrich and three straight walks to Rob Harding, Bradley Goodson and Brandon Glazer. The walk to Glazer allowed Aldrich to score from third.

The Cougars plated three more runs in the bottom of the third on a three-run homer to left center field by Bradley Goodson to left center field to extend their lead over the Eagles to 5-0. The home run by Goodson was his sixth of the season. Aldrich and Brandon Murray both scored on the long ball as each singled to right field to start the inning.

College of Charleston added to its lead in the fourth inning to 9-0 after plating four runs. Jackson drove in his third runs of the contest with a two RBI double to right center field to start the scoring in the inning, while Murray added an RBI sacrifice fly and Goodson recorded an RBI single to right field.

Jason Driver got Winthrop on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth with his solo home run to right field to lead off the inning. It was his second home run of the season, with both coming in the last two games. Patrick Gamblin was then hit by a pitch two batters later and then scored from third on a throwing error from catcher Ryan Welke after Max Vogel struck out.

The Cougars responded with five runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth to increase the lead to 14-2 with Gunnar Heidt providing a three-run homer with one out in the inning against Eagle reliever Michael Gilroy. Aldrich and Rob Harding also had an RBI in the inning.

Winthrop made it a 14-3 contest in the top of the seventh on an RBI sacrifice fly to right field by Chas Crane bringing home Jace Whitley from third base. Whitley led off the inning reaching on an error by Cody Martin at first base and moved to third on a single by Driver down the right field line. College of Charleston would respond to go back ahead 15-3 in the bottom-half of the inning on RBI single to left center field by Goodson.

The Cougars added one run in the bottom of the eighth on Blake Ross' RBI single to right field and make it a 16-3 ballgame.

Driver tied his career-high of three hits to lead the Eagles offensively, and had one RBI along with Crane. Goodson posted a 4-for-4 performance at the plate with five RBI for College of Charleston.

Winthrop will be back in action on Friday, Apr. 13 as it returns to The Winthrop Ballpark for the first time in eight games to host the Liberty Flames in the first game of a three-game Big South Conference series. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.