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Concord Downs Charleston, 14-10

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Senior Devin Smith and sophomore Ryan Johnston both hit home runs and the Concord University baseball team pounded out 20 hits Sunday to defeat the University of Charleston, 14-10, at Anderson Field.

The win gives Concord the 2-1 series victory over the Golden Eagles and improves the Mountain Lions' record to 19-15 overall and 14-6 in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Charleston drops to 12-18 overall and 9-10 in league play.

Smith (3-for-4) and Johnston (3-for-4) were two of four Mountain Lions to notch three-hit afternoons. They were joined by freshman Joe Camp (3-for-5), who made his first start of the year at first base, and junior outfielder Bret Blevins (3-for-5).

Johnston led all batters with four RBI followed by Smith's three RBI with Camp and senior outfielder Jacob Mays close behind with two RBI apiece. Smith's second-inning home run was his fifth of the season, while Johnston's sixth-inning shot was his fourth of the year.

Freshman outfielder Andrew Seigel, who went 2-for-5 on the day, also stole his 17th base of the season.

On the mound, senior Devin Smith improved to 2-2 on the year after striking out three batters over 4.2 innings and leaving with Concord leading 8-7.

Junior pitcher Chris Baker came on in relief of Smith and gave up three runs on five hits with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings before turning the ball over to junior pitcher Will Zuspan, who proceeded to register the game's final two outs for the 14-10 win.

Concord came out firing with eight runs in the opening three innings, but Charleston kept it close with four runs of its own in the first two innings followed by a three-run fourth inning to cut the CU lead to just one run at 8-7.

However, the Mountain Lions added two runs in the fifth off of RBI hits from Seigel and Smith as well as Johnston's home run in the sixth to pull away from the Golden Eagles.

Concord tacked on three additional insurance runs in the eighth while Charleston managed just three runs in the final five innings in the loss.

For the day, CU outhit Charleston 20-14. Concord is now an outstanding 16-5 at home this season.

The Mountain Lions now hit the road for six games starting with a doubleheader at Pitt-Johnstown 1:00 p.m. Tuesday.