SPARTANBURG, S.C. – College of Charleston rolled to a 10-6 win in the first game, but Wofford rallied to take a 6-3 win the second game and split the Friday doubleheader at King Field.
The Cougars (25-20, 13-9) will play in a series rubber game for the eighth time this season, while Wofford (20-29, 10-16) looks to stay alive in the race for a spot in the SoCon tournament at the end of the month.
Both CofC starting pitchers made quality starts with Jake Zokan (3-1) picking up the win in the first game and Ryan West getting tagged with a no decision. Jimmy Revan (1-3) earned the loss for CofC in the second game, as Wofford won with a three-run seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Terrier closer Eric Eck picked up his school-record 10th save of the season.
Carl Wise led the Cougar offense as he combined to 4-of-7 with three RBI and two runs scored. Wise, Gunnar Heidt, Ryan Welke and Morgan Phillips each hit home runs in the two games. However, the Cougars struck out 17 times in the second game, the most team strikeouts in a nine-inning game this season.
Wofford’s Josh Hyman tallied four hits, a homer, three RBI and two runs with Matt Ramsay and Matthew Kaskow also contributing home runs.
Charleston jumped all over the Terriers with six runs in the first two innings of game one. Wise tallied a two-run double in the first inning, while Welke and Heidt hit home runs in the second inning to go up 6-0.
The Terriers responded with two runs in the third inning off of doubles from Kaskow and Hyman.
Phillips extended CofC’s lead to 7-2 with a solo shot in the fourth inning, he finished game one with a homer and two doubles, driving in two. Phillips added to the lead in the sixth inning with his RBI double, and Blake Butler hit a groundout RBI that put CofC up 9-2.
Wofford scored runs in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings with three solo home runs (Hyman, Kaskow, Ramsay), but CofC’s Drew Freie did not allow any more runs in the ninth to give CofC a 10-6 win.
The second game featured pressure pitching with both teams putting runners on base in each inning. Charleston left eight runners on base, including six in scoring position.
Wofford’s Luke Leftwich was strong in his start, allowing just two runs on five hits through five innings while striking out 11 batters. West did well in opposition, scattering nine hits and striking out six in six innings of work.
The Terriers struck first in the bottom of the first inning, scoring a run on an RBI triple from Hyman. CofC responded in the top of the second when Cody Martin doubled to score Brandon Murray and tie the game at one.
Both teams stranded runners in scoring position in the third inning, and then the Cougars took a 2-1 lead in the fourth with a two-out RBI single from Jimmy Holton.
However, Wofford responded with two runs in the bottom half, loading the bases with none out and scoring a run on Moore’s infield RBI single. The Cougars nearly turned a double play to get out of the inning, but Clark Wise beat out the throw and another run scored to put Wofford up 3-2.
Wise excited the Cougar contingent with a game-tying solo home run in the sixth inning, his fifth of the season.
Wofford struck against the Cougar bullpen in the seventh inning, drawing two walks off of Revan and a walk and a game-winning single off of Michael Hanzlik from the bat of Seth Neely, his only hit of the day. The Terriers added another insurance run in the inning, which proved superfluous for closer Eck.
Eck gave up just one hit and struck out three in the eighth and ninth innings to earn his tenth save.
Charleston will play Wofford in the rubber game on Saturday at 1 p.m. from King Field.