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.
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.