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Boykin powers Charleston past Long Beach St. 6-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 31, 2014 at 11:20 pm •  Published: May 31, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ben Boykin hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to lead the College of Charleston to a 6-3 victory over Long Beach State on Saturday night in the Gainesville regional of the NCAA tournament.

The Cougars (43-17) will face the winner of an elimination game Sunday between Long Beach State and North Carolina. Long Beach State (33-25) defeated North Carolina 6-1 in the opening game of the regional Friday.

Long Beach State led 2-1 in the top of the sixth after Ino Patron scored on a sacrifice fly by Michael Hill. But the Cougars scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth when Blake Butler scored from third on Carl Wise's sacrifice fly, Brandon Murray scored on a throwing error and Boykin homered.

Nick Pappas added a solo homer for Charleston in the eighth. Bailey Ober pitched seven solid innings for the victory.


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