By: CofC Sports Media
CONWAY, S.C. — Coastal Carolina (RV) scored on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the eighth to answer a late rally by the College of Charleston and edge the Cougars, 8-7, in a back-and-forth midweek clash on Tuesday evening at Springs Brooks Stadium.
The Cougars took the early lead through a two-out, three-run homer by Brody Hopkins that put Charleston ahead, 3-0, in the second inning. Coastal Carolina struck back with a three-run third before opening a 6-3 lead with one in the fourth and two in the fifth. Ari Sechopoulos launched his first of two homers, a solo shot, in the sixth as both teams plated one in the frame.
The Cougars would erase a three-run deficit on a Tanner McCallister RBI single and a two-run bomb by Sechopoulos in the eighth to tie the game at 7-7. Coastal scored the winning run on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the frame following a single, an error and a walk.
Senior first baseman Ari Sechopoulos reached base four times with a single, a walk and two home runs while driving in three of the Cougars’ seven runs. The multi-homer game marks the first of his career and pushes his career long ball total to 20.
The Cougars return to the diamond on Friday when they host rival UNCW to open a weekend series in Colonial Athletic Association play. First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m. at Patriots Point.
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