MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - Senior 1B Justin Brewer (Greer, S.C./Spartanburg Methodist College) hit a sacrifice fly to center field in the bottom of the seventh inning to score junior LF Jose Rodriguez (Hialeah, Fla./Broward College) and lift College of Charleston to a 5-4 victory over #8 Coastal Carolina Tuesday night at Patriots Point. The win was the Cougars fourth straight over the Chanticleers and improves CofC to 13-5 on the season, while Coastal Carolina falls to 15-3.
Charleston jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the second inning, as Rodriguez and junior SS Baker Knox (San Mateo, Fla./Daytona Beach CC) hit back-to-back solo home runs to put the Cougars up 2-0. Later in the inning, Charleston plated another pair of runs on bases-loaded walks issued to junior CF Cole Rakar (Mt. Pleasant, S.C./Wando) and junior C Rob Kral (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) for the 4-0 advantage.
Coastal Carolina rallied back to knot the score at 4-4 with a single run in the fourth and three in the fifth. Jose Iglesias homered down the left-field line to lead off the fourth to cut the Cougars' lead to three, while a Rico Noel sacrifice fly with the bases loaded brought the Chants to within two early in the fifth. A RBI groundout by Tommy La Stella and a passed ball that scored Scott Woodward knotted the game at 4-4.
Rodriguez doubled to left to lead off the seventh and Knox followed with a single to left center, moving Rodriguez to third and advancing to second on the throw. Brewer then came to the plate, pinch-hitting and seventh RBI of the season.
Senior P Kevin Decker (Washington, Ind./Seminole CC) earned the win for the Cougars, tossing two innings of no-hit relief of freshman starter Matt Pegler (Greenville, S.C./Riverside). Pegler tossed a strong six innings, scattering four hits and allowing four runs, three earned, with seven strikeouts. Junior Heath Hembree (Cowpens, S.C./Spartanburg Methodist College) pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.
Matt Laney took the loss for Coastal Carolina, giving up one run on two hits in 0.2 innings of work.
Charleston returns to action tomorrow night as Jacksonville visits Patriots Point for a non-conference tilt. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.