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CofC Downs No. 19 Coastal Carolina, 17-11

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          Release: 04/22/2009
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Joey Bergman hit a first-inning homer, his 11th of the season.
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Joey Bergman (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Cole Rakar (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) homered and College of Charleston pitchers struck out 13 batters en route to a 17-11 win over 19th-ranked Coastal Carolina before 455 at Watson Stadium on Wednesday.

With the win the Cougars improved to 24-15. The Chanticleers fell to 30-11. The Cougars, who won earlier this season 3-0 at Coastal, have won the first two of three meetings this season between the two schools. The Cougars open a three-game non-conference series at UNC Asheville on Friday at 3 p.m.

Bergman hit a solo homer to left in the first that staked Charleston to a 1-0 lead. After David Anderson's three-run homer helped Coastal to a 4-1 lead after the first inning, Rakar belted a two-run homer to left center in the second that cut the margin to 4-3.

Bergman stroked an RBI double, Rakar and Joash Brodin (Olympia, Wash.) had sacrifce flies and Greg Blake (Westerly, R.I.) added a bases loaded walk in the third inning that gave Charelston a 7-5 lead.

After Adam Rice's two-run single in the bottom of the third tied the game at 7-7, Charleston scored three times in the fourth to take the lead for good. Brodin had an RBI single and Matt Mansilla (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) a two-run single to give Charleston a 10-7 lead.

Coastal's Jose Iglesias belted a two-run homer in the fourth that cut Charleston's lead to 10-9. The Cougars added four runs in the sixth inning. Brodin and Ryan Daniels (Victoria, Tex.) had bases loaded walks and Blake added a two-run single for a 14-9 Charleston advantage.

Brodin tripled in a run and Daniels added an RBI single in the seventh for a 16-9 Charleston lead. Rakar scored in the eighth on Clay McCord's (Atlanta, Ga.) RBI ground out to extend the Cougars' lead to 17-9.

Mansilla finished with four hits while Bergman and Daniels added three each as part of Charleston's 18-hit attack. Brodin drove in four runs, while Blake and Rakar had three RBI each.

Kevin Decker (Washington, Ind.) picked up the win and improved to 2-0. Decker worked the first 5 2/3 innings and struck out seven. Curtis Dowling (Columbia, S.C.) struck out three in 1 1/3 innings, Corey Ashner (Kansas City, Kan.) had a pair of strikeouts in the eighth inning and Nick Osterman (Goose Creek, S.C.) added a punch out in the ninth.

Tommy Winegardner (0-2) suffered the loss surrendering six runs over two innings in relief.

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