Cougars take doubleheader to win series in one day
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - College of Charleston won the first game in the 11th inning, and scored 11 runs in the final three innings of game two to sweep Friday's double header at Samford and win the series on one day.
Going against the defending SoCon Tournament champions, College of Charleston tallied 31 hits and scored 22 runs in a 9-7 win in the 11th inning in game one, and a 13-7 win in game two.
Samford tied the first game with a solo home run from Caleb Bryson with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Cougars scored two runs on doubles from Brandon Murray and Ben Boykin in the 11th inning and Dre Watts (2-0) picked up his second win of the season.
The Cougars overcame a 6-2 lead in the seventh inning in game two, scoring four runs, including three with two out in the seventh, to tie the score. CofC got out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the bottom half of the inning and then CofC plated six runs in the eighth to pull away and secure the victory.
Charleston's Jimmy Revan (1-0) picked up his first career win in the second game, pitching 4.1 innings and striking out four with just three hits and one run allowed. The Cougar pitching staff held Samford stars C.K. Irby and Phillip Ervin to a combined 1-for-13 in the two games. The duo entered the game hitting .398 and .391 respectively.
The two wins marked the first time this season that CofC won the first two games of a weekend series, and the Cougars won their first extra-inning road game since 2007.
Murray went a perfect 4-for-4 in the first game, tallying two RBI and scoring a run. Alex Pastorius and Gunnar Heidt each registered three hits and four combined runs, while Boykin had two hits and two RBI off the bench.
Tommy Corbin, Damon Waller and Frankie Naverette each tallied two RBI in the first game with a combined five hits.
College of Charleston built a 4-0 lead for ace Matt Pegler through the fifth inning, but Samford rallied with four runs to tie the game after six innings. College of Charleston tallied three straight RBI singles from Heidt, Murray and Boykin in the seventh inning and the Cougars and Pegler seemed to be in control. He left after seven innings, allowing four runs and six hits and striking out three.
However, Samford rallied again with two runs against reliever Drew Freie who gave up a walk and a hit to open the inning. Naverette was hit by Watts with the bases loaded and then Corbin reached base on an infield single to score another run.
Watts had two out and nobody on with a 7-6 CofC lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Bryson launched a ball over the left field fence to tie the game and send it to extra innings.
Watts threw a shutout inning in the 10th and Murray and Boykin hit leadoff doubles in the 11th to give the Cougars a one-run lead. Boykin came home to score on a suicide squeeze RBI from Morgan Phillips. Watts closed the door in the bottom of the inning to secure the 9-7 extra-inning victory.
College of Charleston scored two runs off Samford starter Alex Milazzo in the first inning, but the Bulldogs responded with five runs in the next three innings to take a 5-2 lead. Drew McWhorter then hit his first career home run in the fifth inning to silence the Cougars and give the Bulldogs a 6-2 lead.
CofC had not tallied a hit from the second through to the sixth inning, but freshman Carl Wise led off the seventh with a pinch-hit single. Tyler Jackson singled to advance pinch-runner Lorenzo Wright to third, and then Wright came home on a wild pitch to cut the lead in half. After Heidt reached on an error and Murray flew out, Boykin tallied a two-run double to center field to cut it to 6-5.
Bradley Goodson tied the game in the seventh inning with a two-out RBI, his only hit of the day.
Samford threatened in the bottom of the seventh against CofC reliever Jimmy Revan, but the senior lefty worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam with a strikeout of Damon Waller and a groundout from Ervin.
The Cougar offense rewarded Revan's hard work with a six-run eighth inning, including a bases-clearing triple from Murray, his first triple of the season. Blake Butler also hit his first career triple to score Murray and CofC had a comfortable lead that Revan would protect for his first career win, 13-7.
College of Charleston will play a single game on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT. Freshman Nathan Helvey will take the mound for the Cougars.