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Five-Run Eighth Lifts Cougars Past Bulldogs



By: CofC Sports Media

Bradley Dixon (Greenwood, S.C.) robbed Cole Simpson of a pinch-hit game-tying home run in the top of the ninth to put the finishing touches on College of Charleston’s 19th comeback win of the season in a 9-8 victory over The Citadel on Tuesday evening at Patriots Point.

The victory pushes College of Charleston’s (33-19) win streak to five and marks the Cougars’ third consecutive come-from-behind win. Charleston erased a six-run deficit – the largest shortfall the Cougars have overcome in a win this season – after trailing7-1 in the fourth inning. The Cougars completed the comeback with a five-run eighth to reverse an 8-4 deficit and hand The Citadel (10-41) its 21st straight loss.

Joey Mundy (Huntington, W.Va.) went 2-for-4 with two RBI singles as Dupree Hart (Rock Hill, S.C.) collected three hits, drove in one and stole his 36th base of the season. Dixon and Luke Manzo (Marietta, Ga.) each went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Tanner Steffy (Chapin, S.C.) and Ari Sechopoulos (Windsor, Ontario) both recorded one RBI.

Trey Fields (Kingsport, Tenn.) allowed one unearned run on three hits and struck out one in three and two-thirds innings to earn his second win of the season. Blake Robinson (Florence, S.C.) fanned three and battled his way through four and one-third frames of relief. Josh Price (Dillion, S.C.) tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to collect his first save as a Cougar.

J.D. Davis drove in three runs with two hits to lead the way for The Citadel. Brooks O’Brien went 3-for-4 with a run scored while Ches Goodman drove in two and scored twice. Wes Lane reached four times with three walks in a 1-for-2 effort.

Jordan Merritt spun two scoreless innings in his 14th start of the season. Morgan Foulks, Devn Beckley and Alex Bialakis each tossed a shutout inning in relief. Zach Taglieri took the loss after allowing five runs – three earned – and failing to record an out in the eighth.

Charleston returns to the diamond on Thursday when the Cougars open their final series of the regular season in Newark, Del. against Delaware. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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