College of Charleston's offense scored 11 runs on nine hits, including two home runs, to defeat The Citadel, 11-5, and even the weekend series.
The Cougars (11-3) got back in the win column with a strong offensive performance and a quality start from Taylor Clarke to down the rival Bulldogs (7-8).
Clarke (3-1) went 6.1 innings for his first quality start of the season, scattering seven hits and allowing just two runs, one earned, while striking out six. James Reeves (2-1) last just 4.2 innings, giving up seven runs but only two were earned as The Citadel made two costly errors.
The Bulldogs actually outhit CofC, 12-9, but the Cougar defense stranded 10 Citadel baserunners while the Cougars only left six runners on.
Brandon Murray led the Cougars with a five-RBI performance as he blasted a grand slam in the fifth inning. It was his second home run of the season and second grand slam of his career. Brandon Glazer followed up Murray's homer with a solo blast to left field that punctuated a five-run fifth inning that blew the game open. Glazer finished with two RBIs as he now has four hits and four RBIs in the series.
Gunnar Heidt finished with two RBIs and Alex Pastorius and Carl Wise each had one. Wise hit his second triple of the year as he scored two runs. Blake Butler extended his reached base streak with a double and two runs scored.
"We were able to have a good offensive day," head coach Monte Lee said. "We had that big fifth inning and Murray was able to get into a good count and found a pitch to hit. Glazer then followed that up with a big home run and we were able to get their starter out of the game. Clarke was big for us today after we used so much of our bullpen yesterday. He was able to get a quality start and get into the seventh inning for us."
The Citadel welcomed Mason Davis back to the lineup as he knocked three singles and scored a run. Tyler Griffin finished with two RBIs and Drew DeKerlegand finished with three hits.
CofC reached the scoreboard in the first inning with a two-out rally after Heidt walked and stole two bases, coming home on a double from Murray. Charleston added another run in the fourth inning before the fifth-inning fireworks blew the game open, 7-1.
The Citadel missed a throw on a double play ball in the sixth inning and Charleston took advantage with a two-out infield single from Heidt that scored two runs, pushing CofC's lead to 9-1.
The Bulldogs were able to find four runs against the College's bullpen in the seventh and ninth innings, but Hunter Rice came in to close the door and give CofC the 11-5 victory.
College of Charleston goes for the series win tomorrow night at Riley Park. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. Freshman Bailey Ober (3-0) will take the mound for the Cougars.