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College of Charleston Sweeps South Alabama In Opening Series

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          Release: 02/19/2012
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MOBILE, Ala. - College of Charleston took both games of the double-header on Sunday to earn a series sweep over South Alabama on opening weekend. The Cougars won the first game, 6-3, and pitched a shutout in the seven-inning finale, 3-0.

The Cougar pitching staff was impressive as the Cougars gave up only three runs, two earned, in the double-header. CofC also allowed just six hits on the day and combined for 10 strikeouts in the two games. Junior Matt Pegler picked up the win in the first game with senior David Peterson earning the save, while junior Christian Powell pitched an impressive six innings of two-hit, shutout ball to earn the win in the second game.

The Cougars were led offensively by Marty Gantt who went 4-of-7 with three runs, two RBIs and two stolen bases, as he reached base six times. Gantt's double in the first game drove in the eventual game-winning runs as the Cougars scored four runs in the sixth inning.

Freshman Gunnar Heidt went 4-of-8 with one run, while Daniel Aldrich hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth inning of the second game.

"I was very proud of our pitching," said head coach Monte Lee. "We only gave up two earned runs and our bullpen was outstanding. We need to be a little better in RBI situations, and our infield defense played well but still has room to improve. If we pitch the way we did this weekend, we can win a lot of baseball games. It's always great to open the season with a sweep on the road."

Game 1

College of Charleston tallied 12 hits, scoring six runs to knock off the Jaguars, 6-3, in the first game of the double-header.

After giving up three runs, two earned, in the first inning, junior starter Matt Pegler allowed only one more hit to shut out the Jaguars in the next four innings, putting him in line for the win after College of Charleston scored four in the top of the sixth inning.

Junior Drew Freie teamed with seniors Nick Osterman and David Peterson to shut down USA over the last four innings and Peterson picked up his second save in his first two games.

Senior Marty Gantt led the way offensively with a perfect 4-of-4 performance, reaching base on all five plate appearances. He scored three runs drove in two runs, including the eventual game-winner, in the sixth inning. Gantt also swiped two bases. Freshman Gunnar Heidt went 4-of-5 and scored a run.

The Jaguars opened the scoring at the bottom of the first inning with a two-out walk and double, setting up Dustin Dalken's two-run single. The Jaguars tacked on another run after an error from Glazer on a grounder to third.

The Cougars got on the board in the third inning after leadoff single from Gantt and a walk from Aldrich put two runners on with no out. A grounder to the pitcher advanced Gantt to third before a sacrifice fly to left field by Glazer scored Gantt from third.

Martin continued his strong weekend with a two-out single to right in the fifth inning that scored Gantt from third to make it 3-2. CofC had kept the inning alive after Glazer reached first on a wild pitch swinging third strike with two out.

College of Charleston took its first lead in the top of the sixth on a double from Gantt that scored Heidt and Goodson to put the Cougars up 4-3. Three batters later, Rob Harding pinch hit for Glazer and roped a double to left that scored Gantt and Aldrich to extend it to 6-3.

Game 2

Powell dealt six innings of two-hit ball to earn the win and a partial shutout for the Cougars in the second game. Powell did not give up a hit until the fifth inning when a loop single dropped into right field. Powell struck out four and walked four to earn his first win of the season. Junior Dre Watts came on in relief to get the save with a no-run seventh inning.

The Cougars scored first, reaching home in the bottom of the first after redshirt-sophomore Jimmy Holton singled home Brandon Murray who led off the inning with a double.

On the first pitch of the fourth inning, Aldrich connected on a pitch inside and drove the ball over the right-field fence for his first home run of the 2012 season.

College of Charleston scored an insurance run in the sixth inning as Harding and Martin singled and advanced to second and third. Harding came home on a wild pitch by Jaime Dennis to put the Cougars up 3-0.

College of Charleston will host the Cougar Invitational next weekend as Rhode Island, Xavier and Connecticut come to Patriots Point.

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