WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Carl Wise's three-run homer highlighted a four-run fifth inning for the College of Charleston as the Cougars topped UNCW, 7-4, in game five of the Colonial Athletic Association Baseball championship on Thursday at Brooks Field.
The Cougars (39-17) advanced to the championship game of the winner's bracket on Friday where they'll face top-seeded William & Mary at noon. The Seahawks (29-26) will now have to battle out of the loser's bracket when they take on the winner of Thursday night's Delaware-Northeastern game.
Wise was one of our Cougars with two hits, including his third homer of the season and finished with three runs batted in, all on the fifth inning round tripper. Also homering was Ben Boykin with a solo shot in the fourth.
Junior Corey Dick had three hits and knocked in three runs for the Seahawks, who built a 4-1 lead through four and a half innings. Dick launched his team-best sixth homer of the season with two out in the first inning.
CofC starter Taylor Clarke (10-3) struck out seven over seven innings for the win. Closer Michael Hanzlik recorded his CAA-leading 14th save by retiring all three batters he faced in the ninth.
Junior Jordan Ramsey (2-4) tied a season high with seven strikeouts, but was saddled with the loss after surrendering five runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings.
Next up: The Seahawks will play the winner of Thursday's elimination game between Delaware and Northeastern at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
How it happened: Charleston struck for four runs in the fifth as it opened the inning with four consecutive hits, capped by Wise's homer to right center with two runners on. It gave CofC a 5-4 lead it wouldn't surrender.
Inside the box score: Ramsey and reliever Nick Monroe combined to allow just one hit with two out (1-10) … All four of UNCW's runs came with two outs … UNCW managed to get its leadoff hitter on base safely just twice … Andy Austin (double) and Ryan LaGrange (single) we UNCW's only two hits in the final four innings.
Notes: The Seahawks and Cougars have split four games this season with CofC winning the last two games by identical scores of 7-4 … Both teams combined for 19 strikeouts … UNCW leads the all-time series, 7-6 … Casey Golden pushed his hitting streak, and on base streak, to seven games with a double in the fifth … Ryan LaGrange has reached base safely in eight consecutive games … Corey Dick posted his 16th multi-hit game to move into a tie for the team lead this season.