Chants’ comeback falls shy at College of Charleston

No. 19 Coastal Carolina fell behind 7-0 early and couldn’t overcome the deficit in an 8-5 road loss to the College of Charleston at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant on Wednesday night. The loss drops the Chanticleers to 7-2 overall, while the win bumps the Cougars up to 7-2 on the season.

Offensively, Coastal again registered double-digit hits with 12 base knocks, yet left eight runners stranded on base for the contest.

Lead-off hitter and second baseman Cory Wood (3-for-5, run) and shortstop Scott McKeon (3-for-4, run) both had three base hits on the night, while outfielder Cameron Pearcey (1-for-5, 2B, 3 RBIs, run) had the lone extra-base hit for the Chants with a three-run double in the fifth.

First baseman Zach Biermann (1-for-5, RBI) and pinch hitter Jared Johnson (1-for-2, RBI) had the other two RBIs in the loss.

The Cougars offense was hot early as second baseman Dupree Hart (2-for-4, BB, 2 RBIs, run, 2 SB) and catcher Danny Wondrack (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs, run) combined to drive in four runs in the win, while Bradley Dixon (0-for-5, RBI) and Logan McRae (2-for-4, RBI, 2 runs) recorded the other two RBIs.

Making his first start on the mound since 2016, redshirt-senior Bobby Holmes (0-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing five runs on five hits, a walk and one strikeout over 1.1 innings.

Left-handed pitcher Trevor Damron closed out the game with four strikeouts over 3.0-hitless innings to keep the Chanticleers in the game down the stretch.

The win went to the Cougars Steven Cook (3-0), as the righty allowed one unearned run on two hits and a strikeout over 1.1 innings out of the bullpen.

Damron allowed just one runner on base over the final three innings, however, the Chants couldn’t get the big hit to push across a run, stranding four runners combined over the seventh, eighth and ninth innings in the three-run loss.

Coastal (7-2) returns home to host the CCU Baseball Tournament this weekend March 1-4. The Chants will take on No. 25 Illinois on Friday at 5:30 p.m., host UConn on Saturday at 2 p.m. and then play Indiana on Sunday at noon.

– Photo courtesy of C of C Athletics

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