Cougars sweep first CAA weekend series from Towson

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Charleston swept the Saturday doubleheader to take all three games from Towson. (Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com)
Charleston swept the Saturday doubleheader to take all three games from Towson.
(Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com)

If this weekend was any indication, the College of Charleston is ready for their CAA schedule.

After running through the CAA in 2014, Charleston picked up right where they left off with a three game sweep of Towson on Friday and Saturday to open Colonial play.

The Cougars emphatically won Friday’s opener 19-8 over the Tigers.

Charleston showed no mercy, scoring at least one run in each of the first seven innings.

Alex Pastorious got the scoring going for Charleston in the first inning when he launched a solo home run over the fence in left field.

The Cougars scored four runs in the second inning with Ryan Brown delivering a two-RBI double and Carl Wise plating Brown with a single. Throw in a score on a wild pitch and the Cougars led 5-0 through two frames.

Towson managed to score a run in the top of the fourth inning, but Bradley Jones didn’t allow the Tigers to get any closer when he launched Charleston’s first grand slam since 2013 to push the score to 10-1.

Taylor Clarke and his third most strikeouts in the nation took the mound for Charleston, and although he allowed 11 hits, he escaped every jam relatively unscathed. Clarke went 5.2 innings with five strikeouts for his fourth win of the season.

Charleston added another four-run inning in the sixth when both Brown and Wise delivered two more RBIs and Morgan Phillips delivered a RBI single.

The Cougars had 21 hits as a team and every starting batter had at least two hits. The 19 runs were the most runs Charleston has scored since April 2013 when they scored 18 runs against Davidson.

Games two and three were much tighter, but the Cougars imposed their championship will any time the Tigers threatened.

In the first of two Saturday games, Charleston won a 6-4 decision, scoring six unanswered runs to overcome an early deficit.

After the Tigers scored two runs in both the first and third innings, the Cougars scored three runs in the bottom of the third thanks to a RBI single from Blake Butler and a two-RBI double by Nick Pappas.

Butler added another RBI single and Phillips hit a sac fly for the go ahead run in the fifth inning.

Wade Arudini made the first start of his career, but lasted just 2.1 innings and Brandon Glazer got his fourth win of the year after 4.2 innings of relief work.

In the Saturday night game, Towson took another first inning lead, but it was quick lived as the Cougars scored five first inning runs in route to a 12-9 win.

Carl Wise got the big first inning started for the Cougars with a RBI single. After Pappas hit a sac fly to score Tommy Richter, Phillips launched a three-run homer to left field to give Charleston a 5-2 lead.

Towson closed the gap to 6-5 in the fourth inning and actually knotted the game up in the top of the sixth.

In the bottom of the seventh, after Wise singled and Butler walked, Pappas drove the ball deep to left that just got over the outfielder’s head for a RBI double. Towson then intentionally walked Phillips to load the bases, but Pastorious followed that up with a RBI single to stretch the Charleston lead to two.

The Cougars tacked on two more runs in the seventh on an error by the Towson third baseman during a play at the plate, which was followed by another Charleston run on a passed ball.

Eric Bauer got his third win of the year in his first relief appearance of the season.

Charleston next plays at home against Campbell on Wednesday evening beginning at 6 p.m.

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