Not even a torrential downpour on Friday evening could stop the Charleston baseball team from sweeping their second straight CAA series, as the Cougars dominated James Madison over the weekend at Patriots Point.
In a double header on Saturday, the Cougars won both games, 6-2 and 5-0, behind more spectacular pitching from starters Taylor Clarke and Bailey Ober.
In the afternoon matchup, Clarke won his conference-best eighth game after going seven innings, allowing just four hits, and striking out six.
A big sixth inning from the Charleston offense broke the game open. First baseman Carl Wise tripled to score two runs and center fielder Morgan Phillips drove home Wise on a single. Gunnar Heidt, Brandon Glazier, and Bradley Jones also added RBIs for the Cougars in their game one victory.
In Saturday evening’s affair, Ober lasted eight innings, striking out eight while scattering five hits, for his seventh win of the season. Clarke and Ober’s 15-4 record is the best one-two punch in the CAA. The pitchers have combined for 101 strikeouts and just 29 walks.
A four-run fourth inning for Charleston put game two out of reach early with RBIs from Phillips, Glazier, and Champ Rowland.
Showing no signs of slowing down after a long Saturday, Charleston blasted JMU, 12-2, in Sunday afternoon’s finale.
Freshman RHP Tyler Thornton pitched his best outing of the season, lasting seven-plus innings and giving up just one earned run.
Thornton was aided by the Cougars’ 17 hits, which was a new season high.
Rowland posted a career-best game for the Cougars out of the eighth spot in the order, going 2-2 with three RBIs and two walks.
Wise continued his hot play as he knocked in three more runs to boost his team leading RBI total to 39.
The Cougars finished the series with a 23-4 run advantage, while their pitchers posted an ERA of 0.57 with 18 strikeouts and six walks.
Charleston has a busy week ahead on the schedule. They travel to Coastal Carolina on Tuesday and Georgia Southern on Wednesday before returning home for a three game non-conference series with Bethune-Cookman next weekend.
Friday’s game against Bethune-Cookman will feature the unveiling of an outfield wall banner honoring former Charleston standout and current New York Yankees outfielder, Brett Gardner. The ceremony will take place prior to the 6 p.m. game time.