MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – College of Charleston excited fans for the second-consecutive night as Charleston tied the game in the ninth with a solo homer from Brandon Glazer and then won in the 10th inning with a walk-off home run from Blake Butler.
The win marked College of Charleston’s (30-13) third-straight win and second-straight walk-off victory in the 10th inning after defeating Bethune-Cookman (20-25) in 10 innings last night. Butler’s home run was just the third walk-off home run in program history. The last one came in 2005 in the ninth inning against ECU.
College of Charleston has now won 30 games for 13 straight years, including all six seasons under Monte Lee.
The Wildcats broke a 2-2 tie with a two-out RBI single from Josh Johnson in the top of the ninth inning, scoring Jake Welch for a 3-2 Bethune-Cookman lead.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Glazer ran the count full and then blasted a high fly ball to left field, clearing the wall above a leaping Bryant Munoz. His fifth home run of the year tied the game and gave College of Charleston new life.
After the Wildcats came up empty in the top of the 10th inning, Butler drove the first pitch of CofC’s half of the inning to center field, clearing the wall and sending Patriots Point Stadium into pandemonium.
Michael Hanzlik (2-1) picked up his second win in as many nights, pitching the ninth and 10th innings and allowing one run on three hits. Bailey Ober made his team-best seventh quality start of the season, going 6.2 innings and allowing just one earned run while striking out six batters.
College of Charleston’s pitching staff has now made seven straight quality starts (22 this season), and has not allowed more than three earned runs in the last seven games. CofC’s season ERA of 2.86 leads the CAA.
Keith Zuniga was stellar for Bethune-Cookman, completing eight full innings and allowing just two runs on six hits. Chris Waltermire (1-5) gave up both solo home runs to suffer his fifth loss of the season.
CofC opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-out RBI single from Nick Pappas. Pappas finished the game with two hits and a walk. Charleston’s second run came in the fifth inning with an RBI from Bradley Jones that scored Ryan Welke.
Bethune-Cookman tied the game in the seventh inning with a two-out, bases-loaded infield hit from Munoz. The rushed throw from Gunnar Heidt get the runner at first went wide and a second run came in, unearned. Chase Henry was able to get out of the inning with a strikeout of Austin Garcia.
Heidt’s 16-game hitting streak was snapped as he went 0-1 but was hit by pitches in three different at-bats. He maintains his reached base streak which currently sits at 22 games.
College of Charleston will go for its fourth-straight weekend sweep on Sunday at noon. Tyler Thornton will take the mound for the Cougars.
NOTES: After the game, CofC players and coaches shaved their heads as part of the Vs. Cancer Fundraiser to fight childhood cancer. It marked the third-straight year that CofC has participated in the event, shaving heads in solidarity with pediatric cancer patients.