Mt. Pleasant, S.C.—-College of Charleston extended its winning streak to seven games with a 6-4 comeback over Georgia Sunday at Patriots Point.
The Bulldogs (7-4) jumped in front 3-0 with a two-out rally in the third inning. Senior Keegan McGovern made it 1-0 with an RBI-single and then sophomore Cam Shepherd (2-for-4, 2 RBI) delivered a two-run double for an early advantage. The Cougars (10-2) managed a two-out, RBI-double from Tommy Richter to make it a 3-1 contest in the fourth. A two-run home run Riley Knudsen in the fifth tied the game. Georgia reclaimed the lead in the sixth. Shepherd led off with a single and took second on an error by the right fielder K.J. Bryant. Sophomore Aaron Schunk extended his hitting streak to six games with an RBI-single off Cougar reliever Carter Love.
Georgia junior Chase Adkins started for the Bulldogs and allowed three runs on five hits with three strikeouts in 4.1 innings. Freshman Ryan Webb came on for Adkins in the fifth and kept it a tie game until the Cougars rallied in the eighth that started with a two-out walk. Bryant followed with a base hit to bring up Joey Mundy. He tied the game with an RBI-single, and then Georgia looked to sophomore Zac Kristofak. At that point, Webb had gone a career-high 3.1 innings with five strikeouts.
The first batter Kristofak faced was former Walton High School teammate Luke Manzo, and the Cougar came through with a two-run single and a 6-4 lead. Love picked up the win to improve to 2-0 with four scoreless frames of relief while Webb fell to 0-1.
-Sophomore Aaron Schunk extended his hitting streak to six games with an RBI-single in the sixth to put the Bulldogs in front 4-3.
-Freshman Ryan Webb tossed 3.1 innings with five strikeouts, both career-highs for the left-hander.
-Georgia was 3-for-5 with runners in scoring position Sunday after going a combined 0-for-13 in the first two games of the series.
Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin:
“We have to find a way to get our confidence up because this is just a bump in the road. That’s what I told the team today. Losing is no fun, and we didn’t get it done in this series. We need our bats to wake up and have to score some runs. We feel good about the way Ryan (Webb) and Zac pitched, I trust them both and they will be back out there. We had it, but it slipped away. This one stings but the best thing is we get to play tomorrow and get a chance to get that winning feeling again.”
The Bulldogs remain in Charleston for two more days, facing Charleston Southern Monday at 6 p.m. and then The Citadel on Tuesday at 4 p.m.