Cougars win first-ever CAA series with sweep of Towson

Chase Henry pitched three shutout innings for his second save of the season. Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com.

Chase Henry pitched three shutout innings on Saturday for his second save of the season.
Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com.

After dropping their inaugural CAA series to Northeastern last week, the baseball team bounced back in convincing fashion with a sweep of Towson over the weekend in Baltimore, Md.

The Cougars’ offense delivered a dominant performance in Friday night’s opener, scoring 10 runs in the ninth inning en route to a 14-5 victory.

After Towson trimmed the Charleston lead to 4-3 heading into the ninth inning, the Cougars added insurance runs and then some to put the game out of reach.

CF Morgan Philips finished with three hits and a career-high four RBIs, while first-baseman Carl Wise added another three hits and three RBIs. Maryland native RF Brandon Glazier opened the scoring for Charleston with a solo home run in the second inning, which was his fourth homer of the season.

RHP Taylor Clarke pitched a gem for the Cougars, taking a no-hit bid into the fifth inning. He allowed just two runs on three hits and struck out six batters. It was Clarke’s CAA-leading sixth win of the season.

The Cougars’ 14 runs were a season high, while their 15 hits tied a season best.

On Saturday afternoon, Charleston got another solid performance from freshman RHP Bailey Ober, as they beat Towson, 5-3.

Ober pitched his fourth quality start of the season, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four.

Glazier continued his hot play, tallying three hits and two RBIs. Wise recorded another two RBIs and shortstop Gunnar Heidt added three hits and two runs scored.

After Towson took a 2-1 lead in the second inning, Charleston responded with a two-run third inning to take the lead for good.

Chase Henry delivered three solid innings to close the game out for the Cougars, striking out four batters for his second save of the year.

In Sunday’s finale, Charleston used seven extra-base hits to propel themselves to a 8-6 win, giving Towson their first home sweep since 2010.

Philips had a career game, going 4-5 with three doubles and a home run. He finished the series with a .533 average and seven RBIs.

Freshman DH Bradley Jones hit his first career home run, while LF Alex Pastorious added an RBI double.

RHP Nathan Helvey got his third victory of the season, going six innings and allowing four runs on 10 hits. RHP Michael Hanzlik got the Cougars out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning to record his CAA-leading seventh save of the season.

Philips’ three-run homer in the seventh inning gave the Cougars an 8-4 lead, before Towson added two ninth inning runs in a brief rally.

Charleston wraps up their five game road trip with a visit to South Carolina Upstate on Wednesday before returning to Patriot’s Point next weekend for a series with Delaware.

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