HARTSVILLE, SC – Coker pulled off a three-game sweep of Mt. Olive Saturday afternoon with a 6-5 come-from-behind victory in collegiate baseball. CC improves to 18-15 overall and 9-6 in the CVAC while MOC falls to 15-20, 8-10 in conference.
Mt. Olive took a one-run lead on two different occasions but the Cobras fought back each time and eventually took the lead with a four-run outburst in the sixth inning. Coker struck first with a RBI single by Brian Nally in the first inning for a 1-0 advantage.
The Trojans leveled the score in the second when Nick Panaccia came around from second base on a throwing error by Nally. MOC forged ahead in the fourth when a passed ball and a wild pitched moved Panaccia from second base all the way home.
Coker’s Nic Fletcher tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth by scoring when Eric Losten reached on a throwing error by the third baseman. The Trojans used another Coker error in the sixth to edge back in front 3-2 but CC broke through in the bottom of the inning.
The Cobras loaded the bases with one out on a single, a walk, and a hit batsman. A fielder’s choice by Seth Weinberg tied the game at 3-3 and Dustin Dockter made it 4-3 with a base hit.
Reliever Brett Williams came in for MOC but hit the next two batters to force in another run. Senior Conrad Deese singled in Weinberg but Fletcher was called out at home on a throw by the second baseman.
A single and a sacrifice fly in the Trojan seventh inning made the score 6-5 and made for a tense final two innings. Pitcher Larry Morris came through, however, and retired the side 1-2-3 in the ninth to preserve the victory.
Morris earned the win with four innings pitched, one earned run allowed and three strikeouts. Nally finished 3-3 with a RBI and a run scored, while Docter and Weinberg both went 1-4 with a run scored and one RBI.
Coker will now host Newberry College on Tuesday, March 29, in Hartsville at 1:00 PM.