College of Charleston knocked out of SoCon Tournament with 14-12 loss to Elon

The College of Charleston suffered a 14-12 loss to Elon on Thursday and was eliminated from the Southern Conference baseball tournament in Greenville. File/Richard Shiro/Special to The Post and Courier

GREENVILLE — No. 2 seed College of Charleston made a surprising early exit from the Southern Conference baseball tournament after a 14-12 loss to Elon in an elimination game Thursday.

The Cougars (37-20) got off to a shaky start, recording their fifth error of the tournament before surrendering two unearned runs to the Phoenix (32-25) in the top of the first inning. The trouble continued in the top of the second, as Elon extended its lead to 6-0 with four unearned runs after College of Charleston’s second error of the game.

The Cougars were able to cut the deficit in the bottom of the inning, scoring two runs off a sacrifice fly RBI from designated hitter Devon Reed and an RBI single from center fielder Marty Gantt.

Ultimately, College of Charleston couldn’t overcome the defensive miscues, tallying a third error that led to a seventh run for Elon, giving the Phoenix a five-run lead that the Cougars couldn’t overcome despite home runs from catcher Jimmy Holton, center fielder Marty Gantt and left fielder Brandon Murray.

With an RPI of 40 entering the tournament, the Cougars will have to wait until Monday to learn their NCAA Tournament fate. College of Charleston was on the bubble for an at-large bid at the end of the regular season. Elon will play the loser of Thursday’s game between The Citadel and Georgia Southern.