Chris Campbell had four hits and Gabe Marchant drove in four runs with a pair of triples leading College of Charleston to an 18-8 victory over Western Carolina in Southern Conference baseball action before 841 at Patriots Point Field on Saturday.
The Cougars, who’ve won the first two games in the series, improved to 17-6 overall and 2-0 in league play. The Catamounts are 14-9 and 0-2. The series finale is Sunday at 1:00.
Campbell’s team-leading sixth triple in the first inning drove in Oliver Marmol and staked CofC to a 1-0 lead. He added a run-scoring single in the second and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Campbell led off the fourth with a double and eventually scored on a double by Michael Kohn that gave Charleston the lead for good at 8-7.
Marchant, who also scored twice, drove in a pair with a triple to left center in the sixth. He added a two-run triple off the left field wall in the seventh.
The Catamounts were led by Jonathan Greene’s four hits, including a solo homer to left center with two outs in the fourth that tied the game at 7-7. It was his sixth home run of the season. Brent Greer added three hits and five RBI for the Catamounts.
Curtis Dowling (2-0) picked up the win in relief of the starter Jeff Beliveau. Charleston’s Jake Goldberg did not figure in the decision but was very effective working 4 1/3 innings of relief allowing only one run on six hits with three strikeouts. Bryan Corbett (0-1) suffered the loss in relief for the Catamounts.