MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - College of Charleston scored seven runs on 12 hits to defeat Samford, 7-3, in the first game of the weekend series at Patriots Point on Friday night.
The Cougars (24-11, 13-6) won their third game in a row and tallied double digits in hits for the third straight game. Samford fell to 20-14 and 9-7 in the Southern Conference. The victory was also the first Friday win in a SoCon series for the Cougars in the last three weeks.
Redshirt-sophomore Daniel Aldrich continued his hot streak with a 2-for-4 day at the plate, tying his career high with three runs scored. Aldrich slapped a double and a triple, his team-best fifth three-bagger of the season. Aldrich also made several dynamic plays in right field to help the defensive cause.
Josh Renfro (5-3) picked up the win for CofC with 5.0 IP, allowing three runs, two earned, and striking out three batters against five hits. Senior Nick Osterman pitched three outstanding innings, allowing just one Bulldog hit and one unearned run, to get the game to the Cougar closer David Peterson in the ninth inning.
Junior Bradley Goodson drove in Aldrich twice as he went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Marty Gantt tallied one hit and two walks with an RBI and a run in his second straight game in the leadoff spot.
Samford got on the board first in the top of the second inning, scoring two runs on two hits, including a triple from C.K. Irby. However, College of Charleston responded at the bottom of the inning as the Cougars took advantage of two Samford errors and Rob Harding hit an RBI double to tie the score at two.
"Even though it was early, that was the turning point of the game," said head coach Monte Lee. "We needed to respond after falling behind 2-0. We scored two and started chipping away. We had a lot of two-out RBIs and two-strike hits. Daniel Aldrich was the MVP of the game for us."
The Cougars scored two runs in the fourth inning as Aldrich led off the inning with a triple to center and scored on a single from Goodson. Base hits from Brandon Glazer and Gunnar Heidt loaded the bases for Marty Gantt who walked in a run to put the Cougars up 4-2.
Samford rallied to get one run back in the fifth after an error on Renfro in the beginning of the inning, but the Aldrich-Goodson combination worked again in the bottom half of the frame as Aldrich doubled and Goodson drove him in to put the margin at 5-3.
Tyler Jackson picked up an RBI double in the sixth and Cody Martin scored on an error by Samford's catcher in the eighth inning to put the final margin at 7-3. Peterson came in and closed out the ninth inning with two strikeouts.
Samford's Charles Basford (5-1) picked up the loss for the Bulldogs, his first of the season. Basford went 5.2 IP, allowing nine hits and six runs, four earned. Irby went 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI and a run, and Saxon Butler and Tommy Corbin each notched RBIs.
College of Charleston's Christian Powell will face off against Samford's Josh Martin in tomorrow's 3 p.m. game at Patriots Point. Immediately following the game, the Cougars will be "shaving heads and saving lives" as part of the St. Baldrick's charity for cancer research.