DAVIDSON, N.C. – College of Charleston exploded for 18 runs on four home runs to take a big series victory over Davidson with an 18-5 win on Sunday.
The Cougars (20-15, 11-6) notched new season highs in nearly every offensive category with 18 runs, 19 hits, four homers, seven doubles and 18 RBI.
Brandon Murray led the Cougars’ offense with a career day, hitting a grand slam, a three-run homer and a two-run double to set a new school record with nine RBI in a single game. Murray’s grand slam was the first of his career, while his multiple home runs in a single game marked a career first and a season first for CofC hitters.
Murray finished the Davidson series with a 1.154 slugging percentage, launching three home runs and tallying 13 RBI.
Blake Butler posted his third consecutive three-hit game, launching a triple, double and single and scoring three runs. Gunnar Heidt went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and four runs scored, while Carl Wise posted a career-high four runs on two hits and two walks.
Morgan Phillips extended his reached base streak to a team-high 18 games with a double and home run, his second long bomb in as many days.
Ben Boykin finished with two doubles and two runs, while Devon Reed came off the bench to hit two doubles and record his first two RBI of the season.
CofC starter Jake Zokan (2-1) picked up the win with a quality start, going 6.0 innings and allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out five. Davidson’s Rob Bain (0-4) picked up the loss, going 3.2 innings and allowing three runs on six hits.
The Cougars got on the scoreboard with a three-run fourth inning, started by a single and steal from Heidt. He came home to score on a double from Boykin, with Bradley Goodson and Cody Martin each earning RBI groundouts to give CofC a 3-1 lead.
After a double from Butler in the fifth inning, Wise and Heidt earned walks to set up Murray’s grand slam to center field, breaking the game open at 7-2.
Phillips led off the sixth inning with a solo home run, and then Heidt hit a two-run line drive homer to left field to push the lead to 10-2.
Davidson’s Chris Dyer got one run back for Davidson with a solo home run in the seventh inning, but the Cougars responded with four runs in the eighth. Heidt tallied an RBI and Murray drove in two runs with a double. Reed tallied his first RBI of the season with a pinch-hit double to push the score to 14-3 after the top of the eighth.
CofC kept the hit fest going in the ninth inning with a triple from Butler, walk from Wise and then a three-run homer from Murray, his second bomb of the game. Back-to-back doubles from Boykin and Reed scored another run to push the lead to 18-5.
The Cougars will travel to Columbia, S.C., on Tuesday for a game against the nationally-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks. Game time is slated for 7 p.m., and the contest will be aired on SportSouth.