MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – College of Charleston made program history on Sunday, defeating Bethune-Cookman, 3-2, with a walk-off hit in the 11th inning to sweep the series. College of Charleston recorded three straight walk-off wins in extra innings for the first time in program history.
The Cougars (31-13) are now 3-1 in extra-inning games this year and have treated fans to four walk-off wins at Patriots Point. This weekend marked the fourth-straight weekend sweep and sixth this season.
Redshirt-junior Brandon Glazer was the hero on Sunday as he launched a two-out single to left field that scored Nick Pappas for the game-winning run in the 11th inning. Glazer had already hit a game-tying solo home run in the ninth inning in Saturday’s extra-inning victory.
Charleston’s pitching staff continued its dominance as the Cougars allowed just two earned runs in 11 innings. Tyler Thornton had a career-long start, going 8.1 innings with two runs on just three hits and five strikeouts. Eric Bauer (4-0) finished the game with a 2.2-inning relief appearance, striking out two and not allowing a hit.
On the weekend, CofC pitchers combined for a 1.45 ERA with a team WHIP of 0.77. All three starts were quality for a season total of 23 quality starts.
Bethune-Cookman’s Gabriel Hernandez went seven innings, scattering five hits and allowing one unearned run. He struck out five and walked one. Michael Austin (0-4) pitched the extra innings and gave up the game’s winning run in the 11th.
Charleston scored a run in the first inning after an error on the center fielder allowed Ben Boykin to reach third base. Carl Wise then singled to right field for his team-best 42nd RBI.
The 1-0 score held until the eighth inning when Jake Welch hit a two-out, two-run homer to left field that put Bethune-Cookman up 2-1.
CofC answered in the bottom of the inning with a single from Butler. Wise reached first on an error from the third baseman and then Pappas hit a sacrifice fly to score Butler and tie the game.
Two CofC errors allowed Wildcat base runners in the 10th and 11th innings, but Bauer struck out Welch to end the 10th and induced a double play to end the 11th.
With one out in the bottom of the 11th, Pappas doubled to left center field and then advanced to third base on a ground out. Late-game replacement Erven Roper then worked the count full and eventually drew a walk that brought up Glazer. Glazer lined a ball over the shortstop’s head and Pappas came home to score, initiating the third celebration of the weekend.
College of Charleston will take the week to finish exams before heading to UNCW next weekend for a big CAA series.