Northeastern 5, College of Charleston 3
MOUNT PLEASANT - The Northeastern Huskies scored four runs in the seventh inning to come back and defeat College of Charleston in Sunday's series rubber match.
College of Charleston (17-10, 1-2) has now lost two consecutive series for the first time since the end of the 2012 season, while Northeastern (12-11, 2-1) won its first CAA series of the 2014 season.
The Huskies tallied nine hits and scored four runs, led by the two hits and two runs from Nick Fanneron. Dustin Hunt (3-0) earned the win with a strong starting performance, getting one out in the eighth inning. Hunt struck out seven batters, allowing all three CofC runs on five hits. James Mulry finished the eighth and ninth innings to earn his first save of the year.
Charleston's pitching staff performed well outside of the four-run seventh inning. Nathan Helvey did not receive a decision as he made his second consecutive quality start, going six innings and scattering seven hits with just one run. He struck out a career-high eight batters and walked two.
Tyler Thornton (0-3) walked three batters in the seventh inning which all eventually came around to score with two hits off Marlin Morris.
CofC's Brandon Murray was a bright spot for Charleston's offense, tallying a home run, single and walk and scoring two of the team's three runs. Murray's home run was his team-best fifth long ball of the year, tying him for seventh all-time with 27 career homers.
The Cougars held a 1-0 lead until the fifth inning after Murray homered in the bottom of the first. Northeastern tied the game with an RBI single from Michael Foster in the fifth inning, but the Cougars answered with a bases-loaded groundout RBI from Blake Butler in the bottom of the inning.
College of Charleston was in control until Thornton walked the bases loaded with one out in the seventh, and Fanneron drove in two runs with a single. A successful double steal with two outs pushed NU's lead to 5-2.
CofC loaded the bases again in the eighth inning, but again could only tally one run after a groundout RBI from Alex Pastorius. Charleston's offense could not get a baserunner in the ninth.
It was College of Charleston first loss in a series rubber match since March 17, 2013. Since that date, CofC had gone 8-0 in rubber match games.
The Cougars play a night game at Jacksonville on Wednesday followed by a trip to Towson for a three-game series over the weekend.