HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Cobra baseball team took home a 2-1 series win over Anderson University on Saturday, thanks to a 8-4 game three win. Coker got a tremendous pitching performance from senior Jonathan Gainey (Hartsville, S.C.), who went the distance, allowing just four runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts to earn his second win of the year.
The win improves the Cobras to 21-19 overall and 10-14 in Conference Carolinas play, while Anderson falls to 14-28 overall and 8-12 in the conference.
The victory also moves Coker into sixth place in the conference standings, giving them a two game lead over Anderson for final spot in the conference tournament with one weekend of conference play left. Coker will have a bye weekend, while Anderson will take on Pfeiffer.
Bryson Graydon (1-5) took the loss for Anderson, going 4.2 innings, allowing five runs on five hits with a strikeout.
Leading the Cobras at the plate was Jordan Buenting (Ankeny, Iowa) with a pair of hits including a double and two RBIs, while Brinley Griffin (Port St. John, Fla.) also had two hits with two runs scored. Daniel Hiatt (Elwood, Ind.) had three RBIs for Coker and Trevin Taber (Chesnee, S.C.) had a double and an RBI.
Anderson’s Chance Thomas had two hits with a double and a run scored and Thomas Padro had two hits with an RBI. Tony Price also drove in a run.
Coker returns to the diamond on Monday, when they travel to Raleigh, N.C. to face St. Augustine’s College at 6:00 p.m. The game will be played at the USA Baseball Training Complex in Cary, N.C.