MT. PLEASANT, S.C – Joash Brodin (Olympia, Wash.) collected two hits and scored three runs, while Jesse Simpson (Baton Rouge, La.) struck out nine over seven innings lifting the College of Charleston to a 5-3 win over Appalachian State in Southern Conference baseball action before 354 fans at Patriots Point Stadium.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 23-13 overall, 11-8 in the Southern Conference, while Appalachian State fell to 19-17, 9-11 in the SoCon. Game two of the three-game set is Saturday at 1 p.m.
In the first, Appalachian State scored first to take a 1-0 lead. Charleston came back in the bottom half of the inning with a run of their own after Matt Mansilla (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) forced a bases loaded, RBI walk to score Clay McCord (Atlanta, Ga.).
The Cougars added a run in the fourth after Brodin scored on a wild pitch and added another run in the fifth after Mansilla laced an RBI single to right knocking in Brodin to make the score 4-1.
The Mountaineers added two runs in the top of the seventh to make it 4-3, but Charleston added an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning when Brodin scored on a Cole Rakar (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) sacrifice fly to center.
From there, the Charleston bullpen held the lead, as Curtis Dowling (Columbia, S.C.) pitched a scoreless eighth inning. In the ninth, Nick Osterman (Goose Creek, S.C.) allowed two hits, but forced ASU’s Chris Alessandria to fly out to right with two outs and two runners on base to end the contest
On the mound, Simpson allowed three runs, while scattering eight hits to move to 6-2 on the year, while Osterman earned his first save of the season. Brodin and Joey Bergman (Jacksonville, Fla.) each went 2-for-4 on the night, while Mansilla was 2-for-2 with two RBI.
For Appalachian State, Matt Andress (2-5) was the loser allowing four runs (three earned) in five innings of work. Rand Smith was the leader at the plate for the Mountaineers, going 3-for-5 with a run scored.