Michael Harrington and Graham Maiden homered and Brian Schlitter tossed a complete-game, four-hitter as the College of Charleston downed Davidson, 14-2, in the opener of its Southern Conference baseball doubleheader at Patriots Point Field on Friday. Davidson earned a split by rallying for a 6-5, 11-inning victory in the nightcap.
With the split, the Cougars end the regular season with a 39-17 overall record and a 20-7 league mark. The Wildcats finish the regular season at 19-33 and 8-19. Both teams will play in the Southern Conference Tournament that begins on Tuesday at Joe Riley Park in Charleston. A win by the Cougars in the second game would have secured at least a share of the SoCon’s regular season title and the tournament’s top seed.
In the opener, Harrington hit his 12th homer of the season, a grand slam in the second inning that gave Charleston a 4-0 lead. Maiden's homer was his 10th and was a three-run shot in the seventh.
Schlitter (5-4) pitched a complete-game in his first start of the season. He allowed two runs with nine strikeouts. Thomas Middour (5-7) suffered the loss.
Davidson got two hits from Matt Webb including a ninth inning solo homer.
In the nightcap, the Wildcats scored three runs in the ninth to tie the game at 5-5. Zach Kayne’s two-out single to center in the 11th inning scored Graham Chapman from second base for the game-winner. Chapman had walked to lead off the inning on four pitches and moved to second on Tommy Piacenza’s sacrifice bunt.
Davidson used three hits and two Charleston errors in the ninth to force extra innings. Piacenza’s two-run single to right cut the Charleston lead to 5-4. Davidson tied the game on a one-out error that allowed Pat Brady to score.
Matt Webb (3-1) picked up the win in relief allowing no runs on just two hits over the final four innings. Webb worked out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth and a one-out, runner at third base situation in the 10th inning. Michael Bunton (4-2) suffered the loss in relief.
The Cougars got homers from Alex Garabedian and Gabe Marchant.