PLEASANT, SC March 20, 2015 – College of Charleston baseball sprung for its most prolific offensive performance in over five years as the Cougars powered past Towson, 19-8, in the Colonial Athletic Association season opener at Patriots Point on Friday night.
The series will be completed with a doubleheader Saturday at Patriots Point, with game two of the series scheduled for 3 p.m. and game three to follow immediately afterwards.
Charleston (12-6, 1-0 CAA) finished the night with 21 hits, the most for the Cougars since amassing 25 hits in a 28-9 victory over Charleston Southern on March 24, 2010.
Eight of nine Cougars in the starting lineup went for multiple hits as the Cougars scored a run in seven of their eight offensive innings and hung up four runs on three occasions. By the time the dust settled, 10 different Cougars picked up a hit.
Bradley Jones hit a grand slam in the fourth inning and finished the day 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Carl Wise and Ryan Brown also sprung for three hits apiece and combined for seven RBIs.
Taylor Clarke (4-1) earned the win for the Cougars after 5.2 innings in which he pitched effectively out of jams, holding the Tigers to three runs while scattering 11 hits. Freshmen Jake McBreairty, Will Detwiler, and Tucker Moring combined in relief.
Charleston amassed 10 two-out RBIs with seven inning-extending hits and batted .412 (14-for-34) with runners on base. The Cougars put their leadoff hitter aboard in six of their eight offensive innings.
Alex Pastorius homered to put the Cougars on the board in the top of the first, marking the seventh time the Cougars have hung up a run in the first frame.
In the second, CofC loaded the bases on a Nick Pappas hit-by-pitch, Erven Roper single, and Champ Rowland walk, and cashed in with a two-RBI double by Brown and RBI single by Wise, pushing the score to 5-0.
In the third, Pappas led off with a double and scored after back-to-back groundballs to the right side.
Jones rocked his grand slam in the fourth with Pastorius, Wise and Morgan Phillips all aboard via bases on balls.
The College continued to pile on in the fifth, scoring a pair of runs on RBI singles by Pastorius and Blake Butler.
The Cougars hung up another four spot on four hits in the sixth, loading the bases on a Jones double, Clayton walk, and Rowland single, all before Brown singled, Wise drew an RBI walk, and Phillips singled to the left side to score two more runs.
Jones led off the seventh with a base hit once again and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Rowland. Clayton and Brown boarded the bases on singles and scored on a two-RBI triple by Wise, accounting for the 18th and 19th runs.
The Cougars have hit at least one home run in eight consecutive games.
Blake Butler’s second-inning double extended his hit streak to 14 games.
The Cougars are now 9-1 when getting on the board before their opponent, and 6-1 when scoring in the first inning. CofC is also 11-0 when leading after the sixth inning.
CofC is 9-1 when outhitting opponents this season.
The game was Carl Wise’s ninth with multiple RBIs and Morgan Phillips’ 10th with multiple hits.
The last Cougar to hit a grand slam was Brandon Murray in an 11-5 victory over The Citadel on March 9, 2014.
The Cougars scored their most runs in a game since an 18-5 win over Davidson on April 14, 2013.
Chris Clayton recorded his first collegiate hit in the seventh inning.
Tucker Moring and Josh Tant made their first-ever appearances as Cougars.