COLUMBIA, S.C. – It took 13 innings and nearly five hours, but the College of Charleston baseball team fought off No. 5/6 South Carolina, 6-5, on Tuesday at Founders Park for its sixth straight win.
In front of 8,242 fans, College of Charleston (18-7) led the game twice prior to the 13th inning, but were unable to fend off the Gamecocks. With CofC up 4-2 in the ninth, South Carolina (23-3) scored twice to send the game to extra innings. The tying run scored on a ground-rule double with two outs.
Morgan Phillips gave the Cougars a 5-4 advantage in the 12th with a solo home run to left, his fourth long ball of the season. South Carolina again scratched out a run with two outs in the bottom half courtesy of a fielding error. Luke Manzo drove in Alex Pastorius, the eventual game winning, on a groundout in the 13th inning.
“It says a lot about this team that they were able to bounce back several times and eventually win the game,” head coach Matt Heath said. “We had a few mistakes that could have cost us, but our guys hung in there and battled.”
Bradley Jones doubled home Dupree Hart to open the scoring the in the first inning. It was the 15th extra-base hit of the year for the junior first baseman. South Carolina tied the game in the third, but College of Charleston reclaimed the lead on a RBI single by Erven Roper in the fourth. The Cougars would get another run on a wild pitch later in the inning. The Gamecocks tacked on its second run in the sixth on a ground ball.
Six pitchers worked the mound for the Cougars. Eric Bauer got the start and went three innings allowing one unearned run. Bauer has not allowed an earned run in 14.1 innings. Carter Love (1-1) earned the win after tossing three innings and striking out three. Clay Hunt picked up with first career save with a scoreless inning in the 13th.
Roper, Jones and Manzo finished the game with two hits each. Phillips drove in two runs on the night.
The game was the longest (innings) since the 23-inning affair – a 3-2 CofC win – against William & Mary in 2014.
The Cougars improve to 17-0 when leading after eight innings. Since 2011, the program is 190-2 when talking a lead to the ninth.
CofC recorded five stolen bases, the most in any game this season.
Dupree Hart singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 10 games and his reached base streak to 11 games.