Division II Regional Baseball: Charleston Stays Alive With 14-8 Win Over Bloomsburg | MEC Sports
In the University of Charleston’s NCAA Division II Atlantic Region opener against Bloomsburg on Thursday, the Golden Eagles simply never got the big hit in a 3-2 loss. , leaving the losing team of the double elimination tournament.
After winning a rematch with the Huskies with a victory over West Virginia State on Friday, UC was not going to let the opportunities drop again.
This time Charleston has had this great success – on several occasions.
With arms throwing thin on both sides, Charleston put together a 20-hit, six-step barrage, using his relentless attack, especially in the middle and end of innings, to defeat the Huskies 14-8 and advance through. for the losers in Segra. Land in the Welch Sports Complex in Charleston.
With the win, Charleston continued to play at Millersville on Saturday night in a third playoff game in two days. The winner of that match would advance to play on Sunday, when it would take two wins over seeded Seton Hill to claim the regional title and a place in the eight-team Division II championship tournament. The Golden Eagles and Marauders were still playing at press time.
Earlier on Saturday, Charleston picked up where it left off on Friday, when the Golden Eagles stacked 12 points and 16 hits over the Yellow Jackets in a 12-8 victory. UC beat those two totals on a cold, dark Saturday, scoring seven runs in the fifth inning to take a big lead and scratching four more in the eighth to keep the Huskies at bay.
“It’s a lot more fun that way,” UC coach Robbie Britt said. “Complete effort, and at this point in the tournament it should be – you have to have all three phases of the game because no lead is secure.
“The offense figured out, ‘Hey, we’re going to have to score more points,’ and that’s exactly what they did.”
The teams traded the lead early. Charleston only scored two batters in the game as Colby Johnson drew, stole second, advanced to third on an error and scored on a Bryce Toussaint single. UC Colt Webb marched Chad Cooperman and Bloomsburg’s Jake Reed to start the third and both scored on a Gianni Sinatore single to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead.
Charleston responded in the fourth, getting a run on a sacrifice fly from Johnson, but apparently took control in the fifth. Tyler Dellerman gave UC the lead when he threw a solo home run down the center right to start the frame, and was followed by a single bunt from Drew Hefner, a walk for Braxton Boddorf. and a single for Mitchell Vincent to load the bases. without any.
The Huskies went to their paddock for the first of five times, and UC’s Hayden Cartt greeted reliever Dylan Lubinski with a shot over the left field fence. The Grand Slam put the Golden Eagles ahead 7-2.
“He kicked me out of gear – I knew they were going to work those pitches on me. They had a good change in the outside turn, and on the next pitch they threw it again, let it in a bit more, and I just had some good wood on it, ”said Cartt.
Yet UC was not done. After a lineout, Jesse Ellott, who hit two homers in Friday’s win, doubled and scored on an RBI hit by Johnson, who then came in to score on a Dellerman RBI single. By the time Bloomsburg escaped the fifth, he was eyeing a 9-2 deficit.
Bloomsburg responded immediately, putting his own four points in the fifth, highlighted by a two-point brace from Ben Newbert. After Charleston scored a single run in the seventh on an RBI shot from Costigan, the Huskies responded with two more in the lower half, with Sinatore and Cole Swiger recording each of the RBI shots.
That made it 10-8 at the top of the eighth, but Charleston pulled off the knockout, getting a two-run double from Vincent’s floor rule, followed by hits for Cartt and Elliott.
Cartt finished the day 3-on-4 with four runs and five RBIs, one of six multi-hit efforts for Charleston. Each player in the lineup has had at least one hit, seven scoring at least one run and seven scoring at least one.
“We usually try to stick to our game plan – play a little ball and get big shots when we need it,” Cartt said. “We just have to continue the next game.”
Other UC strengths include Hefner (4 for 6), Dellerman (2 for 6, two RBI), Boddorf (4 for 6), Vincent (2 for 6, 2 RBI) and Elliott (2 for 4 ).
Swiger drove in three for the Huskies (24-18) and had two hits, as did Carter Chasanov and Sinatore.