Hartsville, S.C. – Coker’s losing streak extended to four games on Wednesday, as the Cobras fell to the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets 7-4 in collegiate baseball. The win evens the all-time record between Coker and West Virginia State at 2-2, while the Cobras fall to 12-24 on the season and the Yellow Jackets improve to 14-6 on the year.
Coker took the first lead of the game, as Trey Lynch (Florence, SC) led of the bottom of the second inning with a double and was then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Preston Ford (Cheraw, SC). Lynch later scored, thanks to a sacrifice fly by Matt Ammons (Chester, SC).
West Virginia State answered with a run of their own the top of the third, as Jimmy Mullins led of the inning with a double and eventually scored on a run scoring single from Nathan Koepsel.
The Cobras reclaimed the lead in the bottom half of the third, scoring two runs on two hits. Scott Amann (New Athens, IL) got the inning started with a triple to right and then Will Poole (Pelion, SC) brought Amann home with a sac bunt. BK Harfst (Arvada, CO) was then hit by a pitch and then brought home with Lynch’s second double of the day, giving the Cobras a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the fourth, the Yellow Jackets pulled out the bats and connected for five runs on five hits, two of those hits for extra bases, giving West Virginia State a 6-3 lead.
The score remained 6-3 through the next three innings, until the Yellow Jackets plated their seventh run in the eighth inning, this time Nathan Koepsel brought around Joseph Jobst with a RBI triple. However, Coker answered with a run as Harfst scored his second run of the day in the bottom half of the inning.
The Yellow Jackets held the Cobra attack in the ninth and took home the 7-4 win.
Brad Boob (Charlotte, NC) (3-7) took the loss, allowing five runs on eight hits in three innings on the mound.
CJ Meadows (2-0) earned the win for the Yellow Jackets, tossing an inning of relief work, allowing no runs and no hits, with a strike out.
At the plate for Coker, Lynch was 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored, while Kyle Walker (Centralia, IL) was 2-for-5 and Harfst was 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
For West Virginia State, Koepsel 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs, while Jobst was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, and Mullins was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.
The Cobras return to action on Saturday, as they travel to Mount Olive, NC, to face the #1 ranked Trojans of Mount Olive College. Game time is noon.