Joey Mundy (Huntington, W.Va.) and Luke Morgan (New Lenox, Ill.) combined for seven RBIs, and four Cougar batters recorded a three-hit day as the College of Charleston baseball team scored eight unanswered runs in a 13-5 win over Towson in Colonial Athletic Association play on Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, College of Charleston (32-15, 14-6 CAA) extends its win streak to five and closes the gap on first-place Northeastern to one-half game after the Huskies fell to Hofstra, 6-4, on Saturday. The Cougars reached double digits in runs for the sixth time this season while also clinching their 10th weekend series win.
All nine members of the Cougar batting order reached base at least once, including three-hit efforts for Mundy, Morgan, Logan McRae (Florence, S.C.), and Dupree Hart (Rock Hill, S.C.). The Cougars proved particularly lethal with two outs, as Charleston drove in 10 of its 13 runs with two men down – including each of its first eight.
Mundy paced the offense with a 3-for-5 day and equaled his career-high of four RBIs with a two-run single, a solo home run, and another RBI base knock. Morgan went 3-for-6 with a two-run homer, as McRae (Florence, S.C.) added two singles and a double. Dupree Hart (Rock Hill, S.C.) chipped in a 3-for-5 effort with three runs scored, while Bradley Dixon (Greenwood, S.C.) drove in two with a single in the second. Danny Wondrack (Wall, N.J.), Ari Sechopoulos (Windsor, Ontario, Canada), and Luke Manzo (Marietta, Ga.) each plated one run.
Griffin McLarty (Buckner, Ky.) earned his seventh win of the season, striking out five in six innings. The sophomore right-hander settled down with back-to-back 1-2-3 frames after a rough fourth inning, and finished the day allowing five runs on six hits. Nathan Ocker (Middletown, Pa.) tossed two and one-third perfect frames with three strikeouts, and Justin Baker (Huntersville, N.C.) struck out the final two batters of the ninth to seal the victory.
Logan Burke clubbed a game-tying two-run homer in the fourth to lead the way for Towson, as Richard Miller went 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Trey Martinez and Billy Lennox each drove in one run for the Tigers as well.
Michael Adams surrendered eight runs – seven earned – on eight hits and four walks in four and two-thirds innings to take the loss. Dean Stramara allowed five runs on seven hits in three and one-third, while Jake Pecilunas pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Cougars and Tigers will meet in the series finale on Sunday afternoon. Sunday’s first pitch has been moved forward to 12:00 pm from its originally scheduled time of 1:00 pm.
-per CofC Athletics