MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - College of Charleston scored four runs in the first inning on home runs from Marty Gantt and Brandon Murray which proved to be all the Cougars needed to put away Davidson in a 6-2 win on Saturday.
The win marked the eighth straight conference victory for the Cougars (17-6, 9-2) and sealed the fifth weekend series victory of the season for CofC.
Cougar ace Christian Powell (4-1) earned his fourth win of the year and went five innings, allowing one unearned run and striking out four batters with one walk. Senior Nick Osterman came on in strong relief to pitch three innings and strike out five, allowing one run. David Peterson struck out two batters in a perfect non-save ninth inning.
The CofC defense played well behind the Cougar pitchers, getting out of several innings with a season-high three double plays.
Both Murray and Cody Martin tallied two hits while Gantt's three RBI gave him a team-best 22 for the season.
Despite a delayed start from a severe thunderstorm, the Cougars came alive in the bottom of the first inning with singles from Bradley Goodson and Tyler Jackson. Gantt fired a three-run home run over the left-field fence for his fourth bomb of the season, putting CofC up 3-0. Two outs later, Murray hit a line drive shot for an opposite field home run, notching his team-best sixth home run and giving the Cougars a 4-0 lead.
The Davidson pitching staff settled down after the first inning, allowing just two Cougar hits over the next six innings.
The Wildcats got on the board in the top of the fifth inning with a two-out rally. Jake Berman walked and advanced to third on a double by Forrest Brandt. A throwing error by Goodson allowed Berman to score on the next play and the Wildcats cut the score to 4-1.
Davidson pulled the margin even closer with a single from Andrew Barna and RBI double from Michael Zeblo, making the score 4-2.
College of Charleston came alive in the bottom of the eighth to add some insurance runs as a walk from Rob Harding, single from Murray and double from Martin made the score 5-3. Gunnar Heidt tallied a sacrifice fly RBI on the next pitch to plate Murray and make the margin 6-3.
Peterson's two-strikeout ninth inning sealed the win for College of Charleston.
CofC will go for the series sweep over Davidson tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Patriots Point.