HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Coker Cobras blew a 10 run lead to lose 15-14 to the Jaguars of Augusta State in a non-conference baseball game on Monday afternoon. The Cobras led 11-1 after the second inning, but Augusta State battled their way back to tie the game at 14-14 in the eighth inning. A double by Kenny Smith in the top of the ninth gave ASU the go ahead run in scoring position and then an RBI single by Justin Appel brought home the eventual game winner.
The loss drops the Cobras to 9-5 on the season, while Augusta State improves to 6-6. The win also splits the season series between the Cobras and the Jaguars, as Coker won their first meeting 11-6.
Justin Collier (Laurens, S.C.) (1-1) took the loss, going an inning and a third, allowing one run on two hits with a strikeout. Augusta State’s Tony Baker (1-1) picked up the win going two innings, allowing three hits with a strikeout.
At the plate, Daniel Hiatt (Elwood, Ind.) was 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple, four RBIs and two runs scored, while Trey Lynch (Florence, S.C.) was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored. Jessie Crockett (North East, Md.) finished the day with a three run homer and a run scored, with Matthew Kearnes (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and Matt Ammons (Chester, S.C.) each collecting two hits with an RBI. As a team the Cobras swiped eight bags on the day with Drew Hardee (Rock Hill, S.C.) stealing three of them.
For Augusta State, Baker was also the leading hitter, going 5-for-6 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. Alex Walker was just short of the cycle going 3-for-6 with a home run, a triple, a double, four RBIs and three runs scored, while Cole Payne also had three hits and an RBI. Evan Smith picked up two RBIs and three runs scored and Kenny Smith had two hits including a double and four runs scored.
Coker returns to the diamond to take on Pfeiffer University in a Conference Carolinas double-header on Saturday, while ASU takes on Flagler in a Peach Belt Conference double-header of their own. First pitch is scheduled for noon in Coker’s game and 1:00 p.m. in ASU’s game.