MOUNT PLEASANT - College of Charleston capped its second straight Colonial Athletic Assocation sweep by downing Delaware, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon at Patriots Point.
College of Charleston (24-11, 7-2) moved into first place in the CAA standings, one-half game in front of William & Mary.
For the seventh straight game, the Cougars reached double digits in hits, while Charleston's pitching staff recorded its third consecutive quality start. The Cougars hit .374 against Delaware with a staff ERA of 1.00 on the weekend. The Blue Hens scored just six runs, three earned, in three games. Charleston recorded 23 strikeouts with four walks.
Freshman Tyler Thornton (2-4) won his second game of his career with his second start this week. He lasted seven innings, allowing just one earned run on six hits with five strikeouts. Nathan Helvey pitched the eighth and ninth innings, striking out three without allowing a baserunner.
Charleston's offense was spearheaded by Gunnar Heidt, who had a game-best three hits with three RBIs, including a double. He now leads the team with a .346 batting average, scoring a team-best 32 runs. Blake Butler hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth inning straight down the left-field line. He tied his career high with three walks and scored two runs with two RBIs. Bradley Jones finished with a single, double and a run after getting the start in left field.
Carl Wise and Brandon Glazer each added RBIs, and Nick Pappas scored two runs on two hits for the Cougars. Ryan Welke extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the second inning. Champ Rowland also notched a run and RBI from the nine spot in the order on two hits.
Delaware's Jeremy Ake hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. Joe Giacchino had two hits and scored a run, while Norm Donkin and Zach Lopes each had RBIs. Starter Chad Martin (3-3) lasted just 41/3 innings, allowing six runs on six hits and seven walks.
The Blue Hens scored two runs in the first inning off two hits and two Cougars errors. Donkin doubled to left field to score Giacchino and advanced to third on an outfield error. Lopes then reached on an infield single that scored another run. Thornton was able to get out of the inning with a double-play ball right back up the middle.
Charleston answered with three runs in the bottom of the second after a Welke single, Jones double and Pappas walk loaded the bases with one out. Rowland singled to right, Butler walked and Heidt singled to third base for three runs. Wise flied out into a double play to end the inning, but the Cougars led 3-2 and never trailed again.
College of Charleston will host a rescheduled game against Georgia Southern on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Patriots Point.