MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - College of Charleston split a doubleheader with Radford, losing game one, 7-3, and winning the second game, 5-3, to even the series.
College of Charleston (23-19) won the second game with two home runs and a strong start from Ryan West. The Highlanders (24-18) combined for 18 hits in the two games, but stranded five base-runners in the seven-inning second game.
West (4-1) tallied a quality start in the second game, going six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out eight batters. West has now averaged 8.75 strikeouts in his last four starts with three of them being quality starts.
Carl Wise had a big day at the plate; extending his hitting streak to 13 games and jacking a two-run homer in the second game, which proved to be the eventual game-winner. Brandon Murray hit his eighth homer of the season, a three-run bomb in the third inning of the second game.
Josh Gardiner led Radford with five total hits, two runs and four RBI.
Radford's Tyler Costello (4-3) picked up the win for Radford in the first game, pitching 5.1 IP and allowing just two runs. Michael Hanzlik (1-3) picked up the loss after allowing four RU runs in the sixth inning that blew CofC's 2-1 run lead.
Jake Zokan pitched well through five innings, scattering six hits and allowing just one run with five strikeouts.
The Cougars took a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a wild pitch from Costello that scored Gunnar Heidt and Devon Reed.
The Highlanders got one run back in the second with a bases loaded single from Gardiner. RU then broke the game open with a four-run sixth inning. Gardiner hit an RBI double and then Ryan Burgess was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Zach Woolcock then singled in a run and Alexander Lee tallied an RBI with an infield groundout to give Radford a 5-2 lead.
RU scored two more runs in the seventh with two hits and two CofC throwing errors on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Chris Coia.
Charleston tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth inning with an RBI double with no one out from Heidt. However, James Woods came in for RU and induced two flyouts and a strikeout to end the game and pick up the save.
Radford scored a run in the top of the first inning after a single and steal from Gardiner and a groundout from Burgess.
Charleston rallied in the third inning with a two-out, three-run blast from Murray to right field. It marked Murray's eighth home run of the season, and he retook the team lead with 45 season RBIs.
The Highlanders were able to tie the game in the fifth inning with singles from Kyle Fairbanks, Blake Sipe and Gardiner. Josh Reavis then hit an infield single on a bunt attempt to scored Sipe and tie the game. West worked out of trouble with a pickoff at second base and an induced groundout that left the game tied at three.
Blake Butler singled in the bottom half of the inning and Wise drilled a home run to left field that broke the tie and put CofC up for good.
Dre Watts picked up the save with a shutout seventh inning, striking out Reavis to earn his fourth save of the year.
College of Charleston will go for the series win tomorrow at noon at Patriots Point. After the game, the Cougars will be shaving heads as part of their Vs. Cancer fundraising initiative.