Stuart Haywood and Joash Brodin belted homers as the College of Charleston downed Indiana State, 9-4, in the opener of its college baseball doubleheader before 674 at Patriots Point Stadium on Saturday. The Sycamores outslugged the Cougars, 26-20, in the nightcap to earn the split .
Charleston is 13-5 on the season, while Indiana State's record is 3-10. The finale of the four-game series is Sunday at 12:00.
Haywood's homer was his second of the season and gave Charleston an 8-2 fifth inning lead. Brodin, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI, hit a second inning two-run home run to center that extended Charleston's lead to 4-0. Haywood finished 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Gabe Marchant collected three hits, while Jeremie Tice added two hits and two runs scored.
Austin Garrett (3-0) picked up the win allowing four runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings. Mike Lynn blanked the Sycamores over the final 3 2/3 innings with six strikeouts for his second save of the season. Micah Spencer (0-1) was the starter and loser for Indiana State.
In the nightcap, the Sycamores erased an early 2-0 deficit and pounded out 25 hits including four homers. The 26 runs scored by Indiana State was the most scored by a Charleston opponent in school history. South Carolina beat Charleston, 25-8, on Feb. 8, 1997.
Brady Shoemaker had four hits, including a homer, and drove in seven runs. Chris Schmidt had four hits and three runs batted in, while Brian Jett homered and drove in four runs. Zane Chavez and David Brumagin added homers for the Sycamores. Gabe Marchant hit two homers for Charleston. Jeremie Tice and Michael Harrington also hit home runs for Charleston.
Brendon Smith (1-1) picked up the win in relief for the Sycamores. Jake Goldberg (1-2) suffered the loss for Charleston.