MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Freshman Morgan Phillips hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center field to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Cougars a series-clinching, 3-2 win over Georgia Southern.
College of Charleston (30-24, 17-11) won its season-high fourth game in a row as the Cougars registered their 12th consecutive 30-win season. Georgia Southern (25-29, 13-16) lost its series to the Cougars with one final game tomorrow. The victory was Charleston’s third walk-off victory of the season.
Blake Ross (2-1) picked up the win for CofC as he battled through the final four innings, allowing two hits but keeping the Eagles off the scoreboard in several tough situations. He finished with one strikeout and two walks. Starter Ryan West was cruising until the fifth inning when he allowed two runs, one earned. He finished with three strikeouts in the no decision.
Georgia Southern’s Chris Myers (1-2) allowed the game-winning run in the ninth inning as he hit a batter and gave up a walk after an error started the inning.
Blake Butler continued his hot hitting as he tallied two hits and reached on a walk and an error. He scored two runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth inning. Cody Martin notched two hits and had an RBI, while Brandon Murray and Phillips added the other two RBIs.
The Eagles were led by Stryker Brown who had two hits and an RBI. Tyler Avera also registered two hits.
Charleston got on the scoreboard in the second inning with an RBI double from Martin that scored Ben Boykin. CofC added another in the third inning when Butler and Carl Wise led off with walks and Murray hit an RBI single.
Georgia Southern tied the game in the fifth inning, getting to West with four hits. Davis hit a double and then came home on a base hit from Arthur Owens to the left field wall. However, Owens was out at second, after a strike from Murray, for the second out of the inning. The Eagles tallied two more singles, and then tied the game with a two-out infield error from Gunnar Heidt.
Both teams flirted with base-runners in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings as CofC loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth. However, both pitching staffs worked out of jams to keep the score knotted at two heading into the ninth.
Ross worked around two base-runners in the top of the ninth inning, keeping the Eagles scoreless and setting up Charleston’s heroics in the bottom of the frame.
The Cougars will go for the series sweep and a potential two or three seed in the SoCon tournament tomorrow at 1 p.m. The game will be Senior Day for 10 Cougar seniors, and will also mark the final regular season contest for College of Charleston in the Southern Conference.