HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Hofstra took an early 3-0 lead and was able to hold off College of Charleston, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon at University Field.
Charleston (34-16, 12-5) rallied with runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but Hofstra (19-22, 7-10) held on to even the weekend series at a game apiece.
Hofstra starter David D'Errico (3-2) went five innings, allowing two runs and six hits while striking out five. Reliever Brett Schreiber went four innings for the save, tallying seven strikeouts and not allowing any runs on two hits.
College of Charleston's Eric Bauer (4-2) got the start and scattered 10 hits over 62/3 innings, allowing all four runs. Nathan Helvey came in and got out of a jam in the seventh inning and kept the game close through to the ninth. Bauer and Helvey each had two strikeouts and one walk.
Matt Ford hit a solo home run in the first, while the Pride manufactured runs in the second and third with RBIs from David Leiderman and TJ Ehrsam.
The Cougars started hitting D'Errico hard in the fifth inning with singles from Morgan Phillips, Ben Boykin and Bradley Jones. Jones' hit scored Phillips to cut the lead to 3-1. The Pride was able to get out of the inning with an infield double play and a groundout, holding Charleston to one run.
After Hofstra added to its lead with a two-out rally on three singles in the fifth, Charleston responded with baserunners again in the sixth.
Nick Pappas got his second hit of the day and Carl Wise singled to put runners on first and third. Brandon Glazer then bounced a ball to the pitcher, who had an errant throw home trying to get Pappas at the plate. Everyone was safe as Wise and Glazer advanced to second and third to cut it to 4-2.
Schreiber then came in from the bullpen and struck out the side to end the sixth inning.
Glazer had a hit in the eighth and Jones singled in the ninth, but Charleston was unable to get a runner in scoring position.
Sunday's rubber game will begin at 11 a.m.. Tyler Thornton (4-4) will take the mound for the Cougars, looking for his fourth win in his last five starts.