GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Cougars scored 11 runs on 11 hits, including a two-run homer from Brandon Glazer, to take an 11-6 win over UNCG in the series opener on Thursday night.
Glazer finished the game with a home run and a double, tallying four RBI and two runs to lead the Cougar offense. The designated hitter has now hit three home runs and tallied eight RBI in the last three games.
Brandon Murray also had a big day at the plate, notching two singles and a double to drive in three runs and improve his average to .302 on the season. Marty Gantt went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Daniel Aldrich extended his hitting streak to seven games.
Cougar starter Christian Powell (9-3) picked up the win after going 5.0 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing just two runs, one earned, while striking out three batters. Senior Nick Osterman came in and pitched two perfect innings, while Derrick Smith pitched a perfect eighth inning. Griffin Jones allowed three earned runs in the ninth inning before Josh Renfro came in to get the final out.
Greensboro's Max Povse (2-6) picked up the loss after allowing four runs on four hits in the first three innings. Christian Wolfe was the lone bright spot for the Spartans as he hit a three-run triple in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Cougars jumped on the scoreboard first in the top of the opening frame with leadoff hits from Gantt, Bradley Goodson and Murray. A long fly ball from Aldrich was caught at the wall, but it advanced the runners and Rob Harding was able to score Goodson from third on a groundout to give CofC a 2-0 lead.
Greensboro answered with one run in the bottom of the third inning as a ground ball with two outs forced a bad throw from short which got away from Cody Martin at first and allowed Kalbfleisch to score unearned.
Gunnar Heidt provided the spark for CofC in the top of the fourth inning as he walked and stole second and third base before scoring on a throwing error from the catcher trying to throw out a stealing Cody Martin. Two batters later, Gantt scored Martin by grounding into a fielder's choice and giving the Cougars a 4-1 lead.
The Cougars continued to hit hard as the squad posted two more runs in the top of the fifth on Glazer's two-run home run, and two in the sixth on a two-RBI double from Murray. Glazer doubled in two more runs in the seventh inning and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch that gave CofC an 11-2 lead.
The Cougars would need all of the insurance runs they posted as Greensboro eventually loaded the bases with none out in the biggest offensive threat of the night in the ninth inning against Jones. After inducing two infield lineouts, Jones was relieved by Renfro who gave up a bases-clearing triple to right center that scored three runs to make it 11-5. A passed ball allowed the final run before a flyout ended the game at 11-6.
The win moved College of Charleston (36-17, 20-8) into a half-game behind first place in the SoCon as Appalachian State's first game at Western Carolina was suspended due to rain in the seventh inning. The Catamounts are currently leading 5-0 for a game that will resume tomorrow at 4 p.m.
The Cougars will start the second game of the series against UNCG tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. with Ryan West taking the mound for CofC.