Elon eliminates College of Charleston, 18-8, in SoCon tournament

This was not the way the College of Charleston wanted to leave the Southern Conference.

Sebastian Gomez had three hits, including a home run, and drove in five runs and first baseman Ryan Kinsella added two hits and four RBI to lead Elon past the College of Charleston, 18-8, Thursday afternoon at Fluor Field in Greenville.

The Cougars, who lost 2-0 earlier in the day to Georgia Southern, were eliminated from the SoCon tournament. It was the sixth straight loss for the Cougars at Fluor Field in the SoCon tournament over the past three years.

The Cougars will leave the SoCon in July and join the Colonial Athletic Association. Ironically, Elon announced Thursday that the Phoenix will join the CAA beginning in July 2014.

Elon pounded out 19 hits against off six Cougar pitchers. The 18 runs and 19 hits were the most the Cougars pitching staff have given up in a single game this season.

Charleston first baseman Carl Wise had four hits, including two home runs, and four RBI to lead the Cougars offense.

The Cougars finished the season at 31-26.

In the first game of the day, Georgia Southern pitcher Justin Hess tossed a four-hit shutout against the Cougars.

Cougars senior starting pitcher Jake Zokan did his part, going 6.2 innings, scattering seven hits, while striking out a career-high 10 batters.

Eagles first baseman T.D. Davis provided the only offense of the game when he blasted a two-run home run over the left field fence in the top of the first inning. Former Wando High School star Robbie Dodds, who had a single, scored on the play. Davis finished with two hits, including a double.

The Cougars game with Georgia Southern was postponed until Thursday morning after severe weather hit Greenville area Wednesday night.