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CofC Upends Charlotte, 5-2, To Extend Winning Streak

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MT. PLEASANT, SC -

College of Charlestonbaseball ran its winning streak to six games with a 5-2 win over Charlotte onTuesday night at Patriots Point. 

The Cougars (7-1) used yetanother solid performance from the CofC bullpen to hold Charlotte (2-3) to justtwo runs despite giving up nine hits. The 49ers stranded seven runners and lefttwo runners on third with less than two outs. 

College of Charleston'sHayden McCutcheon (1-0) picked up the win in his first career start, going fourinnings on a predetermined pitch count. He struck out five batters and onlywalked one, while giving up one run on four hits. Tyler Thornton and ChaseHenry limited Charlotte to just one run through the eighth inning, whileMichael Hanzlik (3) pitched a perfect ninth to tally his third save. 

Charlotte's Corbin Shive(0-1) was tagged with the loss in his first start of the season, despite givingup just one earned run. 

The 49er defense committedthree errors, including two costly ones in the third inning that led to fourCofC runs and proved to decide the game. 

With two outs and a runneron, Gunnar Heidt popped a ball up in the infield that was dropped by Charlotteshortstop Matt Creech and extended the inning. Creech then missed a throw in arundown that allowed Alex Pastorius to score. After a walk and wild pitchallowed Brandon Murray to advance to second, Carl Wise doubled to left field toscore two more runs. Ben Boykin then followed that up with an RBI single togive CofC a 5-1 lead. 

Pastorius finished with twohits and a run, while Murray and Wise combined for two doubles, three walks,two runs and three RBIs. Boykin finished with two hits and an RBI, extendinghis hitting streak to a team-high six games. Blake Butler notched a hit and runscored in the first inning to reach base in every game in 2014. 

T.J. Nichting ledCharlotte with three hits, including a triple, and a run. Zach Jarrett and BradElwood each drove in a run. 

College of Charleston willplay host to Marist this weekend in a three-game set, as the Cougars look toextend their winning streak. Friday's game begins at 6 p.m.

 

POSTGAME NOTES

 

Prior to the game,ESPN.com released its updated College Baseball Power Rankings, putting Collegeof Charleston at No. 18 in the nation. 

With nine strikeouts talliedagainst Charlotte, CofC's pitching staff has now averaged 7.3 strikeouts pergame. 

Carl Wise has tallied ateam-high 11 RBIs after his two-RBI day on Tuesday. He has notched multipleRBIs in four games this season.