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C of C and The Citadel both winners on the diamond

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Charleston - On Brett Gardner Day at Patriots Point, it was a new number six that played the hero for College of Charleston as Carl Wise drove a two-out double to right field that scored Blake Butler and CofC defeated Bethune-Cookman, 2-1, in a 10th-inning walk-off victory.

The Cougars (29-13) notched their second walk-off victory of the season and took the team’s first win in extra innings this year.

The scoreboard reflected a nearly even game as both starting pitchers held offenses in check. Bethune-Cookman finished with one run on six hits with one error, while College of Charleston had two runs on seven hits with one error.

CofC’s Taylor Clarke posted his sixth quality start of the season and CofC’s sixth-straight quality start as a team. Charleston’s pitching staff has now tallied 21 quality starts on the season. Clarke went six innings and notched a career-high nine strikeouts. He scattered five hits and allowed just one run in the first inning.

The Charleston bullpen combined for four shutout innings between Chase Henry, Hunter Rice and Michael Hanzlik. Hanzlik (1-1) picked up his first win of the season with 1.2 innings of work, allowing no hits and striking out two.

Bethune-Cookman starter Montana Durapau was nearly perfect through seven innings. He scattered four hits and did not allow a Cougar run, striking out nine batters. Michael Austin (0-3) suffered the defeat for the Wildcats as he allowed Butler to reach on a one-out single in the 10th, before John Sever gave up Wise’s game-winning hit with two outs.

Wise led CofC’s offensive effort with both RBIs for the Cougars. He knocked his CAA-best seventh sacrifice fly in the eighth inning that tied the game, before his 10th-inning double won it. Wise leads Charleston and ranks second in the CAA with 41 RBIs.

Butler posted three hits, including two doubles, as he scored both runs for the Cougars. Morgan Phillips had a double and single in the win.

Gunnar Heidt extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a double in the first inning. His hitting streak is now tied for ninth all-time in CofC history.

The Wildcats scored their only run of the game in the first inning. Bryant Munoz led off the game with a hit and reached second on the throw. Julian Santos then scored Munoz with a two-out double on a ball that fell just beyond the outstretched hand of Morgan Phillips.

Both pitchers locked in and struck out batters to strand runners on each of the side of the inning frames. The Wildcats threatened to score in the seventh with runners on second and third with two outs, but Henry induced a flyout to end the inning.

Phillips led off the bottom of the seventh with a double, but Charleston couldn’t tally another hit to score him. CofC had another runner in scoring position in the eighth with Butler’s lead-off double. He advanced to third on a fly ball from Heidt, and Wise’s long fly to left field tied the game on the sacrifice fly.

Charleston got out of a jam in the ninth inning when Austin Garcia reached second on a throwing error from Devon Reed. Jordan Robinson advanced the runner to third on a sacrifice bunt, but consecutive putouts from Butler and Reed ended the inning.

Butler excited the fans in the 10th inning with a one-out single. Heidt flied out to center field for the second out, but then Wise pulled a ball into the gap in right that rolled all the way to the wall. Butler raced around the bases and scored the game-winning run without a throw home, prompting celebration in the stands.

College of Charleston goes for the series win on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. The game will feature a Bark at the Park promotion while CofC players and coaches will be shaving their heads after the game in support of Vs. Cancer.

  Calvin Orthscored on a single down the first base line by Mason Davis with two outs in the eighth, giving The Citadel a 5-4 victory over Furman in the opening game of a Southern Conference series Friday at Riley Park.

The series continues with games Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Orth led off the winning rally with an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Ryan Kilgallen. Bret Hines launched a fly ball to center, and Orth just beat the throw to third, putting him in position to score when Davis' smash bounced away from Furman first baseman Greg Harrison.

The run made a winner of Zach Lavery(2-0), the second time in as many games that the redshirt freshman picked up a victory out of the bullpen. He came in with two Paladins on and one out in the top of eighth and escaped the jam, keeping the game tied at 4.

After the Bulldogs (17-25, 3-15 SoCon) took the lead, closer Skylar Hunter worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his ninth save of the year. The sophomore increased his career save total to 22, tying Tom Martin for fifth place in school history.

Logan Cribb started for The Citadel and worked six solid innings, allowing six hits and two runs while striking out three. He left with a 4-2 lead before Furman scored twice in the seventh including a game-tying single by Chris Ohmstede off David Rivera.

Elliott Warford gave up the winning run and took the loss, dropping to 2-3 on the season. Matt Solter started for the Paladins (16-24, 6-9) and scattered 10 hits while fanning eight in seven innings on the hill.

The Citadel jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second when Hines doubled to bring in Orth and then scored on a two-out bunt single by Hughston Armstrong.

Furman tied it with two runs in the third, getting an RBI single from Harrison and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ohmstede, before the Bulldogs retook the lead the following frame. With two on, Tyler Griffin drove a shot into the left field corner where Carter Grote got a glove on the ball but was unable to hold on after crashing into the wall.

Both runners scored on the play to give the Bulldogs a 4-2 edge which stood until the Paladin rally in the seventh.

Hines added to his double in the second with another two-base hit in the fourth and tied his career high with three hits with a single in the sixth. Grote had three hits for Furman.

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