Mt. Pleasant, S.C. – College of Charleston used a nine-run sixth inning to erase a four-run deficit en route to a 14-7 victory over USC Upstate Wednesday from the Ballpark at Patriots Point.
Third baseman Carl Wise led the offensive attack for College of Charleston and finished 3-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Ryan Brown, Blake Butler and Morgan Phillips also registered three hits apiece for the Cougars.
Carter Love (1-0) earned the win in after pitching 1.2 scoreless innings in relief of starting pitcher Brandon Glazer. Tyler Jackson (0-2) suffered the loss for Upstate after giving up three runs on four hits in relief of starter Zach Mitchell.
College of Charleston used a home run from Butler and an RBI groundout by catcher Erven Roper in the second inning to build a 2-0 lead.
Upstate answered with five runs in the third inning and chased Glazer in the process. Cody Brittain delivered a leadoff single to left field before J.J. Shimko reached on a fielding error by Champ Rowland. After Daniel Fickas was hit by a pitch two batters later to load the bases, Erik Samples tied the game with an RBI single off Wise’s glove. Zach Krider added a two-run double off the left field wall and Charlie Carpenter plated Krider thereafter with a single to shortstop.
Wise cut the Upstate lead to 5-3 with a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield in the third inning. But Upstate pushed across two more runs in the fifth inning on an RBI single from Krider and an RBI double by Brittain to extend its lead to 7-3. Krider has eight RBIs in his last three games and is second on the team with five multi-RBI games.
College of Charleston used seven singles and a three-run home run from Wise to plate nine runs in the sixth inning and take a 12-7 lead. First baseman Nick Pappas became the eighth Cougar with at least one RBI when he delivered and RBI single in the eighth inning. Morgan Phillips slapped an RBI single to left field two batters later to account for the final run of the game.
USC Upstate returns to the diamond Friday at 1 p.m. when the Spartans face Michigan State from Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C.