Hartsville, S.C. – The Coker Baseball Team took on the Huskies of Bloomsburg University in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon. The Cobras won game one, 7-3 and then won game two 6-5. After the day Coker is 10-15 overall, while the Huskies are 2-8 on the year.
In game one, the Cobras jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first, thanks to an RBI double from Karl Ankersen (Mt. Pleasant, SC) bringing home Scott Amann (New Athens, IL). Amann and Ankersen hooked up for another two runs in the third, this time it was Amann who hit the RBI double and Ankersen followed up with an RBI single.
In the fourth inning Coker tacked on another run, as Julio Gomez (Santa Fe, NM) drove home Preston Ford (Cheraw, SC) with an RBI single. Bloomsburg got on the board in the top of the fifth, while Ankersen drove in his third run of the game in the bottom half of the inning. After trading two runs apiece in the sixth, BK Harfst (Arvada, CO) (1) earned his first save of the season, closing the door on the Huskies in the seventh, for a 7-3 Coker victory.
Jesse Hatchell (Florence, SC) (2-2) picked up the win; allowing just three hits with no runs and a strike out in two innings of work, while Harfst got the save going one inning, allowing no runs and no hits.
Mike Griggs took the loss for Bloomsburg, allowing five runs on eight hits, with four strike outs in five innings of work.
At the plate, Ankersen was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, while Gomez was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Amann was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored, with Kyle Walker (Centralia, IL) going 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored, and Ford finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
For the Huskies, Tony Donofry was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Billy Phillips was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Rich Letts was 2-for-2 with a run scored and Matt Allen was 1-for-3 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI.
The second game of the day got started much like the first with the Cobras striking first, as Amann drove home Gomez with an RBI single in the first inning, and Trey Lynch (Florence, SC) brought home Ford with an RBI single in the second, for an early 2-0 Coker lead.
The Huskies evened things at two with a pair of runs in the top of the third, but Harfst belted a two run homer over the left center fence to give the Cobras back their two run lead.
After a scoreless fourth, Bloomsburg struck again in the fifth, this time it was Allen driving a ball deep into the right center gap for his second RBI triple of the day, cutting the Coker lead to just one. A batter later, Carlos Medina hit a screamer past the infield to bring home Allen and tie the game at four. Coker managed to get out of the inning without anymore damage, thanks to a sweet little 6-4-3 double play.
The Huskies took their first lead of the game in the game in the sixth, as Anthony Forman crushed a two out triple to the wall in right and then Donofry had a swinging bunt that caught Amann off guard at third, allowing Forman to score, giving Bloomsburg a 5-4 lead.
The Cobras got within striking distance in the bottom half of the sixth, as Lynch got things started with a two out infield single, then a walk and a hit batter, loaded the bases for Walker. With a full count and two outs, Mike Rossetti froze Walker with a questionable outside strike to shut the door on the Cobra attack.
In the bottom of the seventh, Amann led things off with a single to right and then advanced to second on a passed ball. Harfst then lined a base hit to right center scoring Amann and tying the game at five with just one out. Harfst then stole second on the very first pitch of the next at bat, putting himself in scoring position. Will Poole (Pelion, SC) hit a 1-0 single to right field scoring Harfst and giving the Cobras a 6-5 win.
Matt Long (Florence, SC) (1-0) earned his first win of the season, going 2.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits.
Rossetti took the loss for Bloomsburg, allowing six runs on nine hits with three strike outs.
Harfst led the Cobras at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored, including the game winner, while Lynch was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Amann was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Poole was 1-for-2 with the game winning hit and RBI and Ankersen was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
For Bloomsburg, Donofry was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Medina was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Allen and Kevin Ward were each 1-for-4 with an RBI, with Allen hitting a triple and scoring a run.
The Cobras and the Huskies complete their three game series on Thursday at Tom J. New Field at Coker. Game time is 2:00 p.m.