MOUNT PLEASANT - College of Charleston's Brandon Murray hit a game-winning single up the middle to score Blake Butler and the Cougars took their first walk-off victory of the season on Friday, 5-4, over Marist.
After Marist (2-7) tied the game in the sixth inning, the Cougars (8-1) had baserunners in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, but could not retake the lead. It took three consecutive singles in the ninth, including Murray's game-winner, for the Cougars to plate a run and take the victory.
Charleston has now won seven games in a row as the Cougars have opened every weekend series with a win.
Chase Henry (1-0) earned his first career victory with a tremendous relief performance. He ended the Red Foxes' rally in the sixth inning and pitched through the ninth inning, striking out five batters without allowing a hit or a walk. For the season, Henry has a 0.00 ERA over 121/3 innings pitched, with 16 strikeouts and no walks.
Butler led the Cougars offense as he tied a career high with four hits. He tallied three runs and an RBI, touching home plate in the ninth inning to end the game. Playing in his first game in the leadoff spot, Alex Pastorius scored two runs on one hit, while Nick Pappas and Brandon Glazer each had two hits. Carl Wise tallied his team-best 12th RBI, including his eighth with two outs.
The Cougars and Red Foxes go at it again on Saturday at 3 p.m.