Cougars roll over Delaware

MOUNT PLEASANT - Ryan Welke posted a career offensive day at the plate and Bailey Ober pitched his third eight-inning out of the season to lead the Cougars past Delaware and win the weekend series.

College of Charleston (23-11, 6-2) reached double digits in runs for the fourth time this year as six different players had two or more hits. Delaware's (15-17, 3-4) three pitchers allowed 12 runs on 12 hits, 11 walks and three hit-by-pitches.

Ober (6-2) continued Charleston's impressive run of quality starts as the Cougar starting pitching staff has made nine quality starts in the last 14 games, including six quality starts in eight CAA games. Ober went eight full innings for the third time this season, as it was the second straight eight-inning start from CofC after Clarke's performance Friday night.

Ober allowed one unearned run on just three hits, striking out six batters and walking three. Hunter Rice struck out a batter in a scoreless ninth inning.

Senior captain Welke extended his hitting streak to seven games with a career-best performance, tallying five RBIs on two doubles and three walks. His bases-loaded double in the five-run seventh inning put the game away for good. He has hit .545 with six extra-base hits and nine RBIs during that seven-game streak.

Morgan Phillips notched two hits, including a two-RBI double in the first inning, and scored three runs. Gunnar Heidt continued his hot hitting with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. Alex Pastorius drove in two with two singles and Blake Butler scored three runs on two hits.

Bradley Jones added two runs off two walks and Brandon Glazer and Carl Wise each added RBIs.

Delaware's Brock Niggebrugge (2-1) was a last-minute starting change for the Blue Hens and struggled in the first inning. He gave up four runs on two two-out, two-run doubles to Phillips and Welke. Brandon Hinkle entered in the second inning and pitched the majority of the game, giving up three runs on five hits through the sixth inning. Taylor Mahoney gave up the five-run seventh inning that blew the game open.

Ryan Hartley was Delaware's only player with two hits as he also scored UD's only run.

College of Charleston will go for its second straight CAA sweep on Sunday with Tyler Thornton on the mound for a 1 p.m. start.