HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Coker Cobras and Clarion Golden Eagles met in a non-conference game on Monday afternoon with the Cobras taking home the 12-4 win. The victory gives Coker a 9-2 record when playing at Tom J. New Field. On the year Coker is 12-10, while the loss drops Clarion to 1-2 in their young season.
Clarion was the first to get on the board, scoring three runs in the first two innings. Coker evened the score with three runs in the third, thanks to a single and a run scored by Brinley Griffin (Port St. John, Fla.), an RBI triple from Matthew Kearnes (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and an RBI single from Drew Hardee (Rock Hill, S.C.). The Cobras added a run in the fourth with a solo home run by Jessie Crockett (North East, Md.) to give Coker a one run lead, but that lead did not last long as Clarion added a run of their own in the top of the fifth with a solo homer from Ken Morgan.
The Cobras regained their one run advantage in the bottom of the fifth with a sacrifice fly from Nick Fuoco (Palm Bay, Fla.). Coker then added to that lead with four runs in sixth and another three in the seventh to take the 12-4 advantage.
Michael Rogers (Florence, S.C) (2-1) earned the win going seven strong innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with 10 strikeouts. Clarion’s Greg Bandzuh took the loss, allowing five runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts.
Kearnes was the offensive leader going 4-for-5 with a triple, three RBIs and three runs scored, while Daniel Hiatt (Elwood, Ind.) was 3-for-5. Trey Lynch (Florence, S.C.) had two RBIs on an inside the park home run, while scoring two runs, and Crockett finished the day with two hits including a home run with two runs scored. Brian Luchsinger (Farmingville, N.Y.), Griffin and Hardee each had two hits on the day and Jordan Buenting (Ankeny, Iowa) drove in two runs.
For Clarion, Morgan was 1-for-4 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored, as was Sean Zimmerman, who also had a home run, two RBIs and a run scored. Tom Briley and Jason Krimsky were the only two Golden Eagles with multiple hits, both players finished the day 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Coker returns to the diamond on Wednesday, when they host Alderson Broaddus in a non-conference game starting at 2:00 p.m.