NEWARK, Del. — No. 22-ranked College of Charleston looked impressive in another Colonial Athletic Association victory over Delaware, 10-2, Friday at Bob Hannah Stadium.
Charleston (26-8, 12-1 CAA), victors of 12 of its last 13 games, registered 10 or more hits for the 21st time this season and ninth time in 10 outings, with six different Cougars springing for multiple hits.
Taylor Clarke (8-1) pitched another gem, going eight innings without allowing an earned run. Clarke scattered six hits over his eight innings pitched, fanning five without allowing a walk.
Carter Love pitched the ninth inning and marked his eighth straight scoreless appearance to solidify the win.
Offensively, Erven Roper went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, which included his second homer of the year, with both coming in the last five games. Ryan Brown and Blake Butler were two of five hitters with two hits, and both drove in two RBIs apiece. Morgan Phillips and Carl Phillips both tallied two hits and one RBI, with Wise’s RBI — his league-best 45th of the season — coming by way of his 10th home run of the year.
“This was an overall, balanced victory for us today,” said head coach Monte Lee. “We got production out of a lot of guys in our lineup on the offensive side. Pitching wise, Clarke was exceptional; we feel good any time he’s on the mound and we got eight innings without any earned runs out of him today. We scored over half of our runs with two outs, so our guys did a nice job of battling on the offensive side, and again our pitching was exceptional. Overall, it was a solid win for our club.”
The Cougars scored in each of the first five innings to stretch a lead, and Roper’s three-run homer put the game away in the ninth inning.
Wise’s home run put CofC on the board with two outs in the first inning, one of six two-out RBIs for the Cougars in the game.
CofC added to the lead in the top of the second, as Bradley Jones and Roper singled with one out, and Ryan Brown collected a couple two-out RBIs with CofC’s third single of the inning.
The Cougars gifted the Hens a fielding error to start the bottom of the second inning, and Clarke looked to work around the miscue by recording back-to-back outs, but Greg Olenski caught up with the first pitch he saw and homered to left for a pair of unearned UD runs.
Wise led off the Cougar third with a single to the right side, and his hustle prevented a double play on a groundball to shortstop in the following at bat by Butler. The Hens elected to intentionally walk Nick Pappas with first base unoccupied, and Phillips promptly punished the decision by singling up the middle on the first pitch he saw, scoring Wise.
The Cougars put their first two hitters on base in the fourth, by way of a Champ Rowland walk and single by Brown, and a sacrifice bunt execution by Alex Pastorius put two runners in scoring position. The Hens again elected to issue an intentional walk, this time against Wise to load the bases, and Butler blooped a single over third base to plate to plate Brown and Rowland.
The College scored for the fifth consecutive inning when Jones drove his first pitch to the wall in left-center for a double, and later scored on an RBI single by Roper.
The score held at 7-2 until Nick Pappas and Jones worked walks in the ninth inning, and Roper left the yard on a two-out, 2-2 pitch to push it to 10-2.
Game two of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.
BUIES CREEK, N.C. — Starter Andrew Tomasovich worked 8.2 innings to pick up his sixth win and Chase Shelton became the third Buccaneer in program history with 250 career hits to lead Charleston Southern past Campbell on Friday night.
CSU moved to 17-18 overall and 7-6 in Big South play, while Campbell fell to 25-13 and 8-8 in league play. Saturday’s schedule has been adjusted to a doubleheader at 2 p.m. The teams will not play on Sunday.
Tomasovich (W, 6-3) scattered seven hits and struck out three to work into the ninth. He held the Camels to a lone run through six innings as CSU built a 5-1 lead. Closer Denis Buckley (S) came on to face the final two batters to get the Bucs out of a jam with the tying run on in the ninth.
CSU took advantage of four Campbell errors to score four unearned runs, but the Buc offense kept the pressure on all night, led by Shelton (251 career hits). The senior went 3-for-4 and scored the go-ahead run for the Bucs’ in the sixth. He needs five hits to pass Nick Chinners (255) CSU’s all-time hits leader
CSU had 10 hits in the game, five coming in the four-run sixth. Brian Dye and Nate Blanchard delivered RBI singles to go with hits from Shelton and Ryan Maxsim to fuel the decisive inning. Sam Remick’s bunt single led to a throwing error by starter Heath Bowers (L, 6-3) to score the final run on the frame for CSU.
Campbell’s Kyle Leady hit a solo home run in the first to give his a team an early 1-0 lead, but Tomasovich would hold CU scoreless to one run until the seventh.
The Camels cut the lead to 5-2 in the seventh and put the tying run on in the ninth, but Buckley got a groundout from the second batter he faced to end the game.
Blanchard added a 2-for-5 day with an RBI, while Maxsim was 2-for-3 and scored twice.
Campbell DH Matt Parrish was 3-for-4 with an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
UNCG 5, Citadel 0
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ryan Clark allowed only two hits and tied his career high with 10 strikeouts, leading UNCG to a 5-0 win over The Citadel in the opening game of a Southern Conference series Friday night.
The teams will wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Saturday at 2 p.m. due to the strong likelihood of rain in the area on Sunday.
The Bulldogs (16-19, 2-8 SoCon) got singles from Jacob Watcher in the second and Johnathan Stokes in the third but were held hitless the rest of the way as Clark recorded his second career complete game.
James Reeves turned in a solid start for The Citadel, going seven innings and allowing nine hits and all five Spartan runs (three earned) with one walk and 10 strikeouts. He had his third double digit strikeout game of the year and has fanned 77 and walked only 14 in 60 2/3 innings this spring.
The Bulldogs put a runner in scoring position only twice, including the second when William Kinney was hit by a pitch with two outs and Watcher grounded a single behind the bag at second. But Spartan center fielder Zac MacAneney made a diving catch of a shallow fly ball off the bat of Ryan Kilgallen to keep it a scoreless game.
Barrett Charpia, who replaced Austin Mapes in left field early in the game, drew a two-out walk in the eighth, ending a streak of 12 straight retired by Clark. Charpia advanced to second on a passed ball but was stranded, ending the Bulldogs’ last scoring chance.
Meanwhile, the Spartans (16-17, 7-6) reached Reeves for the only runs they would need in the fourth. Jake Kusz drove a double into the gap in left-center to plate Collin Woody, and Kusz scored on a single up the middle by Devin Ruiz to give UNCG a 2-0 lead.
The Spartans added two unearned runs in the fifth on a ground out and sacrifice fly and completed the scoring an inning later on an RBI single by Kusz, who finished with three hits on the day.
Zach Sherrill relieved Reeves and worked a perfect eighth. It was Sherrill’s 133rd career pitching appearance, moving him within two of equaling The Citadel all-time record held by Raymond Copenhaver.
The Clemson vs. Duke game Friday night was rained out. The new series schedule is as follows:
Game 1 — Saturday at noon.
Game 2 — Saturday 45 minutes after Game 1.
Game 3 — Sunday at 1 p.m.