Cougars Sweep Furman With 13-11 Win On Sunday
The win moved the Cougars to 12-3 on the year and 4-2 in SoCon play as CofC won its fifth straight game. Furman (8-8, 0-3) dropped its third in a row after coming into the series with a five-game winning streak.
Furman forced a dramatic ending for the second straight game as the Paladins scored six runs in the eighth inning to pull to within two at 13-11.
The teams combined for 18 walks and left 19 runners on base in a game that went three hours and fifty one minutes.
College of Charleston's Matt Pegler (3-0) remained perfect on the season as he went 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs while striking out three. Ben Carlson (1-2) took the loss for Furman as he allowed five runs in 5.2 innings pitched. Senior David Peterson earned his fifth save of the season.
Junior Bradley Goodson tallied a career-high six RBIs which included a three-run home run in the eighth inning that proved to be the eventual game-saving runs. Brandon Murray and Ryan Welke hit solo shots as the Cougars sported a multi-HR game for the third time this year.
Furman took its first lead of the series with a solo home run in the first inning from Will Miller. Miller's high fly ball fell right over the outstretched glove of Murray to clear the wall in left field and give the Paladins a 1-0 lead.
The Cougars took their first lead of the game in the fourth inning as Murray hit yet another solo homer to right field, his second in as many games. Aldrich walked on five pitches and Marty Gantt doubled him home to put the Cougars up 2-1.
CofC added to the lead in the fifth inning with a solo home run from Welke to left field, the catcher's first bomb of the season. The homer marked the third time this season that the Cougars have hit two or more home runs in a game.
The Paladins tied the game up in the bottom of the fifth inning with singles from Will Owens and Will Muzika after Furman had loaded the bases.
The Cougars retook the lead in the top of the sixth after two walks put runners on and a hit and run paid off for Bradley Goodson who singled to left with Gantt already running and he easily scored from second. Gunnar Heidt doubled down the left line to score Martin on the next play and the Cougars led 5-3.
College of Charleston scored three more runs in the top of the seventh as three walks set up Cody Martin and Goodson for RBI singles to make the score 8-3.
Furman rallied back in the bottom half of the inning, drawing three walks and a double off of Dre Watts, before Kyle Owings came in to relieve him with bases loaded and one out. The Paladins managed an infield single, but Owings struck out Hunter Burton and induced a flyout from Zack Greenwell to get out of the jam with the margin at 8-5.
The Cougars added to the lead in the eighth inning with an RBI triple from Aldrich that scored Murray from first. Martin grounded out to score Aldrich and the Cougars led 10-5. With two out and just one on, pinch-hitter Brandon Glazer doubled to right and Goodson followed that with a three-run homer, his second of the season.
Those runs proved to be very important by the end of the inning as Furman added six runs on four hits and three walks in the bottom of the eighth to pull the margin to just 13-11.
Peterson shut down the Paladins in the ninth inning with two strikeouts to earn his fifth save of the season.
College of Charleston will host UNC-Wilmington at Patriots Point at 6 p.m.