DURHAM, N.C. — Cole Murphy’s RBI single broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning and propelled Charleston Southern to a 3-2 win over North Carolina Central on Wednesday night at Durham Athletic Park.
Murphy’s single drove home Brandon Burris with the game’s winning run and CSU’s bullpen combined with starter Dylan Lee (1-1) to shut out the Eagles (11-12) over the final three innings. Four Buccaneer (12-11) pitchers combined to retire the final 11 batters.
Lee had five strikeouts and no walks in seven innings of work. He gave up six hits in the longest outing of his career. Reliever Chayce Hubbard worked a perfect eighth and Alex Ministeri and Denis Buckley each had a strikeout in the ninth.
MOUNT PLEASANT — College of Charleston was shut out for the first time this season as the Cougars were blanked by Campbell at Patriots Point.
Charleston (14-7) lacked the timely hitting the Cougars have enjoyed recently, ultimately stranding seven baserunners and going 0-for-13 with runners on base.
Cougar pitchers limited the Camels to two runs (one unearned) on eight hits and struck out seven, but were not afforded any run support. The pitching platoon erased three runners via pickoff moves.
Wade Arduini (0-1) was tagged with the loss as one of six Cougars to take the mound in a predetermined split.
Blake Butler was one of five Cougars with a hit, extending his hitting streak to 17 games which ties for the seventh longest in program history. The streak is tied with Brett Gardner and Daniel Aldrich, who were both drafted by the New York Yankees.
The Camels got on the board in the fourth when Steven Leonard and Cole Hallum sandwiched singles around a walk to plate a run.
With rain falling in the eighth, they picked up an unearned insurance run after a wet-ball throwing error came around to score.
The College returns to Colonial Athletic Association play this weekend with a three-game set at James Madison. The series starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday.