MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - For the third consecutive game, the game-winning runs were scored in the final two innings as Western Carolina overcame a 6-2 deficit with a six-run eighth to defeat College of Charleston, 10-6, and win the rubber the game of the series.
The Catamounts tallied seven consecutive hits, including two home runs, in the top of the eighth inning to erase a four-run deficit and take a two-run lead. The visitors added two runs in the top of the ninth inning to secure the win.
College of Charleston's Nathan Helvey posted a quality start, pitching 6.0 innings and allowed just two runs on four hits, striking out four and walking none. Helvey's counterpart, WCU starter Jordan Smith, pitched 6.1 innings and allowed all six CofC runs, four earned, while striking out six.
Alex Barr (1-0) picked up the win for the Catamounts pitching in the seventh and eighth innings and allowing just one hit. Drew Freie (3-3) suffered the loss as he came in during the top of the eighth and could not record an out, allowing four runs on four hits.
College of Charleston's Morgan Phillips had another big day at the plate, belting two doubles and driving in two runs while also scoring two runs. In the last two games, Phillips hit four doubles in seven at-bats, driving in three and scoring four times.
Alex Pastorius and Ben Boykin also hit RBI doubles for CofC, while Blake Butler had two hits and an RBI.
Western Carolina was led by Jacob Hoyle who went 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and three RBI. Aaron Attaway hit a solo home run and Tyler White hit a two-run home run, both coming in the eighth inning. Adam Martin registered three hits and scored a run.
The Cougars took a 3-0 lead in the third inning after an RBI double from Phillips, an RBI single from Butler and an RBI double from Boykin.
Western Carolina cut the margin to one with a two-run sixth inning, plating runs on sacrifice flies from Attaway and Julian Ridings.
The Cougars seemed to be in control after scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead 6-2. Doubles from Pastorius and Phillips each drove in runs and then Gunnar Heidt hit a two-out RBI single to score Phillips.
Western Carolina's big eighth inning started with Attaway's solo home run, followed by hits from Cody Jones and Julian Ridings and then another home run from White that barely fell over the left-field fence. Austin Neary, Jacob Hoyle and Luke Gragg continued the hits and gave Western a 7-6 lead before Ryan West struck out Martin for the first out of the inning. Bradley Strong drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and then Attaway struck out to end the six-run inning.
Western Carolina added two runs in the top of the ninth with a two-out single from Hoyle, putting the final margin at 10-6.
The game marked the first time that the Cougar pitching staff has allowed more than six runs in a single game this season.
College of Charleston will have a quick turnaround with home games against Connecticut and The Citadel on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Both games will start at 6 p.m.