MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – College of Charleston put together one of its most complete performances of the season in a 7-0 shutout of Marist on Sunday to sweep the weekend series.
The Cougars (10-1) have won nine games in a row which ranks as the fourth longest winning streak in the country. Charleston’s 10 wins currently tie the Cougars for fifth in the nation.
CofC’s defense did not commit an error for the fourth consecutive game, while Charleston outhit Marist 11-3.
Sunday’s win was carried by another outstanding pitching performance from freshman Bailey Ober. A native of Huntersville, N.C., Ober (3-0) went eight full innings and did not allow a run, giving up just three hits. He struck out a career-high 10 batters without allowing a walk. He improved his season ERA to 1.50 with 18 strikeouts against zero walks.
Blake Butler tallied his third-straight multi-hit game as he went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI to extend his reached base streak to 11 games. Butler hit .643 on the weekend series and raised his team-leading batting average to .447.
Alex Pastorius tied his career high with three RBIs, while Ben Boykin extended his hitting streak to nine games with a double and two runs scored on a start at catcher. Carl Wise racked up two more RBIs on a double to raise his season total to 16 RBIs.
Junior transfer Champ Rowland made the most of his first career start at shortstop, tallying two hits and a walk and scoring three runs. His first career hit was just feet away from being a home run as it hit off the top of the wall in left field for a double.
CofC got on the board in the third inning with a single from Pappas and double from Rowland. Butler scored Pappas with a single and then Pastorius advanced the runners with a successful sacrifice bunt. Wise then doubled home Butler and Rowland to put CofC up 3-0.
Charleston then put together a two-out rally in the fourth inning with walks from Boykin and Rowland and then a single from Butler and double from Pastorius, giving Charleston an insurmountable 5-0 lead.
College of Charleston will go for its 10th straight win on Tuesday afternoon with a 3 p.m. game against Toledo.
“I thought it was the most complete game that we’ve played all year. It was the first time that we’ve had a starting pitcher go past the sixth inning for us. Bailey Ober was fantastic as he went eight innings and didn’t walk a soul. He was dominant today. Offensively, we played pretty well against their best pitcher. We had some great approaches and everyone in the lineup contributed.”
“It’s a tough week coming up with five games for the first time this season. We just have to be consistent as a team and a staff. We have to go out and throw strikes, play defense and find a way to score runs. We have to be unselfish as a team and find a way to win.”
College of Charleston’s Tuesday home game against Toledo has been moved to a 3 p.m. start time. The Cougars will play five games this week for the second time this season as College of Charleston is on spring break.
CofC’s nine-game winning streak is the longest since 2010 when the Cougars won 10 in a row. Charleston’s 10-1 start to the season is the best since 2007 when CofC started 12-1.
Spartanburg Methodist product Champ Rowland had a stellar first career start with his two hits and three runs. Sunday saw another career first as sophomore Austin Bello tallied his first career hit, an RBI single to center.
CofC’s shutout was the second of the season for Charleston’s pitching staff. The Cougars now have a team ERA of 2.73 with 90 strikeouts against 30 walks.
Led by Blake Butler’s .490 on-base percentage, the Cougars have four starters with OBPs over .400.