Hartsville, SC-Coker Baseball picked up their first conference victory of the season with an 8-5 win over the St. Andrews Knights on Sunday afternoon. With the win the Cobras snap their ten game CVAC losing streak and improve to 1-10 in the CVAC, and 10-14-1 overall. St. Andrews drops to 13-12 overall, and 5-7 in the CVAC.
Coker got things going early, scoring two runs in the second off an RBI single from Willie LoVerde and a sacrifice from Brantley Bell. St. Andrews answered with a run in the top of the third from a Michael Eastwood RBI single, but Coker answered right back with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
The Knights scored two more in the fourth, before Coker would add a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth, to make it an 8-3 ball game. St. Andrews looked to be making a comeback in the seven when Andrew Hoffner led off the inning with a home run, and again in the ninth as they scored their final run, but each time Coker’s pitcher Brad Boob was able to work his way out of the jam.
Boob (2-3) earned the win scattering 10 hits over nine innings, while allowing five runs and striking out six.
St. Andrews’ Brad Smith took the loss, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in five innings pitched.
Leading the Coker Offense was Nic Fletcher, going 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored and Steven Dill who was also 3-for-4 with a double, and a run scored. Both Brooks Urquhart and Brian Johanson recorded doubles on the day as well.
For the Knights, Ritchie Priest was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Hoffner finished 1-for-3 with a home run, and RBI and a run scored.
The Cobras next match-up will be on Tuesday, as the take on AugustaState at home starting at