MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - College of Charleston scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and defeated UNC Wilmington, 6-5, on a walk-off hit by pitch RBI from Cody Martin.
The Cougars (7-5) won in walk-off fashion for the first time since last season's home finale against Coastal Carolina, while UNC Wilmington (6-6) lost in the bottom of the ninth after playing all three weekend games to extra innings.
Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the ninth, Gunnar Heidt hit a one-out single to right field and advanced to second on a walk from freshman Carl Wise. Ryan Welke scored Heidt with an RBI single to left, and Brandon Murray tied the game with an RBI double to right. After an intentional walk to Bradley Goodson loaded the bases, relief pitcher Ricky Holden hit Martin on a 2-2 count and pinch-runner Lorenzo Wright scored the game-winning run.
Senior Ryan West (1-0) picked up his first win of the season, finishing the game with 4.1 IP and four hits allowed, including a solo home run in the top of the ninth game that extended UNCW's lead to 5-3. West made a season-high five strikeouts.
CofC starter Blake Ross made his first career start and pitched well, scattering three hits and striking out three through four innings. Reliever Jimmy Revan allowed four runs on four hits in the top of the fifth, but West came in and got the Cougars out of the inning with no more damage.
"Great win for our program tonight," head coach Monte Lee said. "We had some great outings from Blake Ross and then Ryan West. We were able to get some runners on there in the ninth and then won on that walk-off hit-by-pitch. It was a very good effort to beat a talented Wilmington team."
UNCW reliever Kelly Secrest (1-1) was tagged with the loss as he gave up four runs, three earned, and allowed all of the base runners in the ninth inning.
Four different Cougars had multi-hit games as CofC tallied 12 team hits. Heidt hit his fourth double of the season and his ninth-inning single started the comeback rally. Goodson and Martin each had two hits and scored a run, and Welke picked up two hits and an RBI.
Corey Dick led the Seahawks with a 3-for-5 day, registering three RBIs including a solo home run in the ninth inning.
College of Charleston will play at Charleston Southern tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. Senior RHP Griffin Jones will be making his first start of the season for CofC. Fans can listen to the game live on CofCSports.com.