NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – College of Charleston scored four runs in the sixth inning to break open a tight game and eventually cruise to a 9-2 win over Charleston Southern.
The Cougars (16-4) extended the series winning streak to five games over the Buccaneers (14-8) and have built a three-game winning streak for the third time this season.
Redshirt-junior Brandon Glazer led the way for CofC as he tied his season high with three RBIs. Sophomore Carl Wise added to his team lead with two RBIs to push his season total to 22. Blake Butler, Gunnar Heidt, Brandon Murray and Wise all scored runs and tallied hits, as the Cougars scored nine runs on eight hits, three walks and two hit batters.
Tyler Thornton had his first shutout start as he lasted three innings and did not allow a hit. Nathan Helvey (2-1) picked up the win as he was in the game after the Cougars broke open a 1-1 game in the top of the sixth. Bailey Ober snapped his 18-inning scoreless streak with a run on two hits in the seventh and eighth frames. Marlin Morris and Blake Ross had much-needed positive outings as they didn’t allow a run in the sixth and ninth innings, respectively.
Tyler Weekley and Joe Pistacchio pitched well for the Buccaneers as they only gave up one run on one hit through five innings, striking out six. But Charleston jumped on freshman Andrew Locklear (1-3) for the second time this season, scoring four runs on three hits off of him in the sixth and tagging him with the loss.
Butler led off the game with a walk and Murray extended his reached base streak to 17 games with a single in the first inning. Wise hit a sacrifice fly RBI to score Butler and give Charleston a 1-0 lead after one.
Charleston Southern had baserunners after three consecutive two-out errors from the CofC infield in the second, third and fourth innings, but it was a two-out double by Alex Tomasovich and RBI single from Bobby Ison that tied the game in the fifth inning.
The Cougars quickly responded by loading the bases with none out in the sixth. Glazer hit a line drive double off the wall in left that scored two runs and Ben Boykin followed that up with an RBI infield single. Nick Pappas notched his ninth RBI of the season with a sacrifice fly that extended CofC’s lead to 5-1.
College of Charleston added a run in the eighth and three more in the ninth to put away the victory.
CofC will hit the road for the team’s first true road trip this weekend, traveling to No. 21 Houston in a three-game set. It will be the second ranked team that Charleston has faced this season after taking two of three from then-No. 12 North Carolina to start the season.