MOUNT PLEASANT —
College of Charleston split a doubleheader with Radford, losing the first game, 7-3, and winning the second game, 5-3, to even the series.
The series concludes today with a noon game at Patriots Point.
Charleston (23-19) won the second game with two home runs and a strong start from Ryan West.
The Highlanders (24-18) combined for 18 hits in the two games, but stranded five base-runners in the seven-inning second game.
West (4-1) tallied a quality start in the second game, going six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out eight batters. West has now averaged 8.75 strikeouts in his last four starts with three of them being quality starts.
Carl Wise had a big day at the plate; extending his hitting streak to 13 games and jacking a two-run homer in the second game, which proved to be the eventual game-winner. Brandon Murray hit his eighth homer of the season, a three-run bomb in the third inning of the second game.
Josh Gardiner led Radford with five hits, two runs and four RBIs.
In the opener, Radford’s
Tyler Costello (4-3) picked up the win, pitching 51/3 innings and allowing just two runs.
Michael Hanzlik (1-3) picked up the loss after allowing four runs in the sixth inning.
Jake Zokan pitched well through five innings, scattering six hits and allowing just one run with five strikeouts.
The Cougars took a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a wild pitch from Costello that scored Gunnar Heidt and Devon Reed.
The Highlanders got one run back in the second with a bases- loaded single from Gardiner. Radford then broke the game open with a four-run sixth inning.