College of Charleston 13, Furman 12
MOUNT PLEASANT -- Redshirt-freshman Daniel Aldrich hit a two-out, two-run double to right field to cap a five-run ninth inning as the College of Charleston rallied past Furman, 13-12, on Sunday afternoon at Patriots Point.
With the weekend sweep, the Cougars improve to 27-15 overall, 11-7 in the Southern Conference. Furman falls to 19-23, 9-11.
Down 12-8 heading to the bottom of the ninth, Charleston worked Furman reliever Dylan Cole for four walks and two hits in the ninth, scoring five times for victory. Cole Rakar, Rob Harding and Ryan Daniels each drew a walk to load the bases before Jamie Holler pushed home a run with the fourth straight walk of the inning
Marty Gantt lined a RBI single into left, scoring Harding and leaving the bases loaded. With one out, Matt Leeds drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to cut the Furman lead to 12-11.
With runners at first and second, Aldrich roped a 3-2 pitch down the right-field line for the game-winning hit.
Senior Casey Lucchese picked up his second straight win of the weekend to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Lucchese faced one batted in the top of the ninth, recording a ground out to end the inning.
Aldrich finished with three hits and three RBI for the Cougars.
Dylan Cole took the loss for Furman, allowing six runs on three hits and five walks in 1 2/3 innings. Paul Nitto homered and drove in four runs to lead the Paladins, who finished with 14 hits.
The Cougars next play at Wofford on Friday to start a three-game SoCon series.