No. 19 Cougars complete sweep; Ray’s two-run blast dooms Tigers

— College of Charleston capped a Colonial Athletic Association series sweep of William and Mary with a 10-6 victory after a back-and-forth game on Sunday afternoon at Plumeri Park.

Charleston (35-9, 16-2) has won eight consecutive games for the second time this season, and has now won 21 of its last 23.

The 19th-ranked Cougars erased W&M leads on two occasions, and registered six of their 12 hits on the day in the last three innings.

Charleston batted .417 (5 for 12) with two outs and .333 (4 for 12) with runners in scoring position. The College scored eight of its first 10 runs in two-out situations. By the end of the day, every hitter in the Cougars’ starting lineup registered a hit or scored a run.

A challenging week lies ahead for the Cougars, as they head to Clemson on Wednesday before welcoming UNC Wilmington to Patriots Point for a three-game CAA series which will have heavy implications on the regular season crown.

— Corey Ray’s two-run homer in the seventh inning broke a 1-1 tie and lifted Louisville over Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Cardinals (36-11, 20-3 ACC) recorded their first- ever win over Clemson (24-22, 13-12) in eight tries.

Ray’s run-scoring single in the first inning gave Louisville the lead, then Weston Wilson hit a two-out double in the second inning and scored on Glenn Batson’s single. Ray gave the Cardinals the lead for good with one out in the seventh inning with an opposite-field, two-run homer to left-center, his 10th long ball of the season. Two batters later, Zach Lucas belted a solo homer.

Sean Leland (4-0) earned the win in relief, as he pitched two scoreless innings. Zack Burdi recorded his sixth save of the year by pitching the final 11/3 innings.

Tigers starter Zack Erwin (4-4) suffered the loss, as he gave up four runs on 11 hits in 62/3 innings pitched.

The series concludes Monday at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

— Danny Rodriguez singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Samford a victory over The Citadel, preventing the Bulldogs from completing a Southern Conference sweep.

The Bulldogs (20-26, 5-13) came away with their first SoCon series win of the season and their first in three visits to Birmingham since Samford (25-21, 11-7) joined the league in 2009.

Alex Lee led off the decisive frame with a double off Skylar Hunter, moved to third on a sacrifice and came across with the winning run when Rodriguez rolled a single into right field for his third hit of the game.

Steven Hansen led The Citadel with three hits and fell a home run shy of the cycle. The center fielder had six hits in the final two games of the series including three singles, a double, triple and a homer.