GREENVILLE, N.C. Ė Brandon Sizemore (Jacksonville, Fla.) went 3-4, with two home runs and three RBI, while starter Tom Schiller (Rochester, N.Y.) threw seven strong innings, to lead the College of Charleston to an 8-4 win over St. John’s in game four of the 2009 Keith LeClair Classic on Friday at Clark LeClair Stadium.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 4-2 on the year, while St. John’s fell to 2-3. Charleston returns to action on Sunday, Mar. 1st when they close out the LeClair Classic with a game against host East Carolina beginning at approximately 2 p.m.
The Cougars got off to a fast start in the first inning, as Joash Brodin (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) hit his fourth home run of the season to left field knocking in Joey Bergman (Jacksonville, Fla.). Mike Hentz (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) came up next and hit a 2-1 pitch over the right field wall to make the score 3-0.
Hentz’s home run was his second of the season and marked the 14th time in program history that back-to-back home runs had been hit.
After St. John’s plated a run in the top half of third, Charleston added two more runs in the bottom half, as Sizemore and Hentz hit RBI singles to make the score 5-1.
Sizemore hit home runs in the fifth and seventh innings, both of which were solo shots, to put the game out of St. Johns’ reach. The two home run performance by the senior marked the second time in his career that he has hit two homers in a game.
On the mound, Schiller gave up just three runs (two earned) and six hits in his seven innings of work to earn the win (2-0). Corey Ashner (Kansas City, Kan.) came in relief over the final two innings, giving up just a run on three hits.
At the plate, Brodin and Hentz each went 2-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
For St. John’s, starter Brednan Lobban (0-1) got the loss. Tim Morris led the way at the plate for the Red Storm, going 3-4 with three RBI and two home runs.