CofC wins fifth straight CAA series

College of Charleston secured its fifth straight Colonial Athletic Association series victory with an 8-3 win over Delaware in game two of the three-game series Saturday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium.

Charleston (27-8, 13-1 CAA) has won four straight and 13 of its last 14 games to remain atop the CAA standings.

It was another double-digit hit day for the Cougars, who performed extremely well in clutch situations, batting 4-for-12 (.333) with two outs and 4-for-7 (.571) with runners in scoring position. Charleston scored six of its eight runs with two-out hits.

Erven Roper had another big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Two games into the series, Roper now has six hits and five RBIs against Delaware pitching. CofC also got two hits out of Blake Butler (2-for-4, two RBIs) and Tommy Richter (2-for-5, run scored).

Nick Pappas and Bradley Jones homered for the Cougars, who entered the weekend ranked 12th nationally in homers as a club.

Brandon Glazer (7-1) gave the Cougars a quality start from the hill, dealing six innings without allowing an earned run, and holding the Hens to five hits and only one walk. Glazer finished his day with seven strikeouts, none bigger than the seventh one, which bailed the Cougars out of a bases-loaded jam to preserve a 5-3 lead in the fifth inning.

Will Detwiler and Nathan Helvey combined in relief and kept the Hens off the scoreboard after the seventh inning, with Helvey earning his second save of the season after going two scoreless innings with one hit and two strikeouts.

Richter was inserted into the lineup as the designated hitter Saturday, and wasted no time making an impact as he drove the first pitch he saw up the middle for a one-out, first-inning single. With two outs later in the inning, Butler went to his opposite field for a double to right-center, and the speedy Richter hustled around the bases to score from first base.

The Cougars got their big inning in the third, with Ryan Brown dropping a bunt to reach base with one out, and Carl Wise drawing a two-out walk to put two runners on base. Butler singled through the left side with a 2-2 count for his second RBI of the ballgame, before Pappas jumped all over the first pitch he saw and smashed a towering shot over the scoreboard in right field with two aboard, propelling the Cougars to a 5-0 lead.

The Hens mounted a comeback effort in the bottom half of the inning, aided by a Cougar fielding error which benefitted UD an extra out. With two outs and two runners aboard, Zach Lopes singled to center, and Norm Donkin cleared the bases on a triple to quickly trim CofC’s lead to 5-3.

Delaware threatened in the fifth inning, loading the bases on an infield single, walk and hit batsman, but Glazer punched out UD’s cleanup hitter on strikes to keep the lead intact.

The Cougars plated an insurance run after the scare, when Morgan Phillips drove a triple to centerfield in the sixth, and Roper sent a clutch, two-out RBI single past a diving second baseman — despite falling in a 1-2 count — to deliver Phillips to the plate.

Jones homered to left center on the first pitch of the ninth inning, and back-to-back hits by Roper and Champ Rowland stretched CofC’s lead to 8-3.

The Cougars will look to complete what would be their fourth CAA sweep in five total series on Sunday, with Wade Arduini handling the pitching responsibilities against UD’s Chad Martin. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Jack Crittenberger’s pinch-hit home run in the top of the ninth inning rallied Charleston Southern to a 3-2 win in the series finale as the Buccaneers flossed out a series sweep of Campbell on Saturday at Perry Stadium. CSU won game one, 9-5.

CSU (19-18, 9-6 Big South) took advantage of six Campbell (25-15, 8-10) errors in Saturday’s doubleheader — and 10 in the series — to move its win streak to seven games. The Bucs have won six consecutive Big South games.

Crittenberger’s two-run blast off of reliever Cole Hallum rallied the Bucs, down to their final out, from a 2-1 deficit. A fielding error by Campbell second baseman Austin Beard with two outs kept the inning and CSU’s chances alive.

The Bucs used a seven-run outburst in the third inning of game one and held on for a 9-5 win.

Senior Chase Shelton had three hits on the day to push his career number to 254, one shy of CSU’s career record of 255, set by Nick Chinners (2008-2011). He passed former teammate Alex Tomasovich (253 career hits) for second on the all-time list on Saturday.

The Citadel (17-20, 3-9 Southern Conference) scored seven times in the first two innings and held on for an 8-7 victory over UNCG in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader to salvage the series finale. The Spartans (17-18, 8-7) won the opener, 5-4, to clinch their sixth straight series win over the Bulldogs in Greensboro.

The Citadel heads into a busy week with games against Charleston Southern on Tuesday and North Florida on Wednesday, with both contests at Riley Park starting at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs host VMI in their next SoCon series beginning Friday at 4 p.m.

Connor Walsh had five hits, scored twice and drove in a pair in the two games to pace The Citadel offensively. The Bulldogs had 11 hits in the nightcap after totaling only nine in the first two games of the series.

in Woody drove a shot over the fence in left-center off Skylar Hunter with two outs in the ninth to give UNCG the victory in the opening game of the twinbill.

Hunter entered in the eighth with The Citadel clinging to a 4-3, hoping to record his 38th career save which would give him sole possession of the all-time SoCon record. But the opportunity for history was lost when Aaron Wright homered with one out in the inning to tie the game.

The Bulldogs took leads of 1-0 in the fifth and 3-1 in the sixth, but the Spartans tied it in the bottom of the inning both times. The Citadel went in front one more time in the seventh when Stephen Windham singled in Johnathan Stokes to make it a 4-3 contest.

JP Sears worked five strong innings on the mound for The Citadel, allowing four hits and one run with four strikeouts. He was matched by the duo of starter Andrew Wantz and reliever Tyler Frazier, who combined to surrender all seven hits and four runs with 11 strikeouts.

Bryant Stafford faced only one batter, striking out Drew Ellis with a runner at third in the top of the ninth, and was credited with the win.

After not scoring in the first 13 innings of the series, The Citadel broke through in the fifth on an RBI single by Mike Deese. After the Spartans tied it, Connor Walsh homered to lead off the sixth, his third of the season, and Steven Hansen added a run-scoring single to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead.

UNCG responded in its half of the sixth on a two-run double by Eric Kalbfleisch to tie it at 3.

The Bulldogs got RBI singles from Stokes and Walsh in the first and then exploded for five runs in the second to build their early cushion in the second game. However, the game was not decided until Hunter got Woody to pop out to Stokes after a three-run homer in the ninth by Hunter King brought UNCG within a run.

Barrett Charpia doubled and Hansen walked to put runners at first and second with one out in the ultimately decisive second inning. The Citadel pulled off a double steal, with Charpia scoring on a throwing error by catcher Jake Kusz, for the first run of the frame.

Jason Smith singled in Hansen and Deese followed with a double to chase home Smith and make it a 5-0 game. Walsh doubled in a run and Windham knocked him home with a single to cap the uprising.

The Spartans scored once in the second and two in the third against Bulldog starter Kevin Connell, who allowed seven hits but was able to strand five runners. The Citadel tacked on a run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Stokes, which UNCG matched in the seventh.

The Spartans threatened in the eighth with back-to-back singles against Thomas Byelick, who escaped the jam with a key strikeout of Kusz, before making it interesting in the ninth.

Zach Sherrill pitched a scoreless fourth in his 134th career appearance, pulling within one of Raymond Copenhaver’s all-time Citadel record.

Zack Erwin allowed just one run on five hits in 8.2 innings pitched in Clemson’s 8-1 victory over Duke in the second game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday. Clemson won by 6-2 in the first game.

The Tigers, who took a 2-0 lead in the series, improved to 22-18 overall and 11-9 in the ACC. The Blue Devils dropped to 22-17 overall and 5-15 in ACC play.

Erwin (3-3) earned the win in the second game by allowing just five hits, one run and two walks with nine strikeouts. Duke starter Andrew Istler (3-3) suffered the loss, as he gave up seven runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings pitched.

After Duke scored a run in the top of the first inning, Clemson answered with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Then the Tigers erupted for five runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by a two-out, three-run double by Steven Duggar followed by a run-scoring double by Tyler Krieger. Reed Rohlman (13) and Chris Okey (10) upped their hitting streaks as well.

Matthew Crownover allowed just one earned run in seven innings pitched to lead Clemson to a 6-2 victory in the first game.

Crownover (7-1) registered the win by giving up just five hits, two runs (one earned) and three walks with seven strikeouts. Duke starter Dillon Haviland (1-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded eight hits, six runs (four earned) and three walks with one strikeout in 4.1 innings pitched.

After Duke scored an unearned run in the top of the third inning, Krieger belted a two-run single in the bottom of the third inning to give Clemson a 2-1 lead. In the fifth inning, Okey hit a run-scoring single off the wall in left-center, Chase Pinder ripped a two-run double and Eli White drew a bases-loaded walk in the four-run frame.

The series concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday.