May 26, 2010
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CBI Live: SoCon Game 2: #6 WCU 11, #3 GSU 4
CBI Live: SoCon Game 3: #1 The Citadel 9, #8 Furman 5
CBI Live: SoCon Game
4: #4 Elon 1, #5 Samford 0
Brewer uses late homer,
walk to lead Cougars to win
By Phil Stanton
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Justin Brewer was the igniter
off the bench.
Brewer had a pinch-hit homer to spark a two-run
rally in the bottom of the ninth and drew a leadoff walk to
start a two-run outburst in the 11th as second-seeded College of
Charleston edged seventh-seeded Appalachian State 12-11
Wednesday in the opening game of the Southern Conference
Tournament at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
The Cougars (42-15) will meet the winner of the
Georgia Southern-Western Carolina on Thursday, while the
Mountaineers (35-17-1) meet the loser at 9 a.m.
“That was a huge win for us,” Charleston head coach Monte Lee
said. “I am awfully proud of our guys to play as early as we did
and to play 4:15, to stay in the ballgame for 11 innings to
battle back against arguably the best reliever in the
Charleston trailed 10-8 in the ninth before
Brewer went deep for the third time this season to make it a
one-run affair. Baker Knox was hit by a pitch and sacrificed to
second. Following a strikeout, Rakar ripped a single to left to
plate Knox with the tying run.
“We have swing the bat well all year,” Brewer
said. “The coaches preach to never give in and always have our
best swing, and it all came through today. It was big for us.”
Hector Crespo, who hit the second pitch of the
game out to left center for his third homer of the season, had a
run-scoring double in the top of the 11th to give ASU an 11-10
started the bottom of the 11th with a 10-pitch walk.
Pinch-runner Thomas Brittle moved to third as Knox reached on an
error. With one out, Joey Bergman singled to right to bring in
Brittle with the tying score and advance Knox to third.
Following an intentional walk, Rob Kral (right) ended it with
his first hit of the day.
“I knew I had to get it in the outfield and find
a hole because they were playing me in,” Kral said. “I was
trying to put a big swing on it. We battled all day and the team
played great. Personally, it felt good to get the game-winning
hit after a pretty poor day at the plate.”
The Cougars scored in four of the first five
innings to build a 6-2 lead. On a full count in the bottom of
the first, leadoff hitter Bergman hit a shot to the wall in left
center. Centerfielder Tyler Zupcic had the ball hit off his
glove and go over the wall for his fourth homer, tying the game
Cole Rakar belted a long two-run homer to left
and Matt Leeds took advantage of a dropped foul pop to add a
run-scoring double in the second.
The Mountaineers put up crooked numbers in three
straight innings late. Chris Alessandria was hit by a pitch with
the bases loaded in a three-run sixth and added a two-run single
in a three-run seventh. David Towarnicky had a RBI single and
scored in the eighth to give ASU the 10-8 advantage.
(left) and Rakar both finished with two hits and three RBI. Jose
Rodriguez had four hits, while Jamie Holler had three hits and
three RBI for the Cougars.
Alessandria had two hits
and four RBI, while Crespo finished with four hits and three RBI
for the Mountaineers.
(photos courtesy of Southern
Conference Media Relations Office)