College of Charleston 11, Davidson 3
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Kevin Decker tossed six strong innings and the College of Charleston scored 11 unanswered runs on the way to an 11-3 Southern Conference win over Davidson (18-25, 5-18) in baseball Saturday.
Rob Kral and Greg Blake each homered and drove in three runs for the Cougars (32-12, 16-7), who broke open a 6-1 game with five runs in the seventh inning. Jamie Holler, Jose Rodriguez and Matt Leeds also homered for the Cougars.
Decker (5-0) allowed a first- inning run before settling down.
The two teams complete the three-game series at 1 p.m. today.
Davidson jumped out to an early lead in the first inning for the second straight game, plating a solo run in the opening frame on a RBI single by Drew Gadaire. And, for the second straight game, the Cougars surged ahead by scoring in five consecutive innings starting with a pair of runs in the third.
After a solo home run by Holler, his first of the season, knotted the game at 1, Joey Bergman singled to right and stole second during the next at bat. Kral followed with a RBI single to right, bringing home Bergman and give the Cougars a lead they would not relinquish.
A leadoff home run in the fourth by Rodriguez, his 11th of the season, gave Charleston a 3-1 advantage, while Kral (11) and Leeds (17) drilled back-to-back round-trippers to straightaway center in the fifth. Blake began the sixth with a base on balls, stole second and scored on a RBI single to center by Baker Knox to give Charleston a 6-1 after six innings.
The Cougars exploded for five runs in the seventh, highlighted by a three-run homer by Blake.
Davidson plated a pair of runs in the ninth inning off junior reliever Heath Hembree.