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          Release: 03/05/2010
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Games 10-12
College of Charleston (8-1, 0-0 SoCon) vs. #28 Alabama (6-0, 0-0 SEC)
Friday, March 5 - 6:00 p.m.
RHP David Peterson (1-0, 3.12 ERA) vs. LHP Adam Morgan (1-0, 3.27 ERA) 
Saturday, March 6 - 1:00 p.m.
RHP Christian Powell (2-0, 2.45 ERA) vs. RHP Jimmy Nelson (1-0, 1.80 ERA) 
Sunday, March 7 - 1:00 p.m.
RHP Josh Salay (0-1, 8.64 ERA) vs. LHP Jonathan Smart (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
College of Charleston is coming off a mid-week sweep of Holy Cross and Charleston Southern during a Wednesday doubleheader at Patriots Point. The Cougras picked up a 10-7 win over the Crusaders in the afternoon contest and dropped their local rivals, CSU, 12-7, for the 11th straight time. Junior CF Cole Rakar (Mount Pleasant, S.C./Wando) leads the Cougars with a .500 batting average, 15 runs scored and a .600 OB%. Rakar also has a team-high five multi-hit games and is riding a nine-game hitting streak. Junior LF Jose Rodriguez (Hialeah, Fla./Broward College) leads the team in home runs (3) and RBI (13). With a 3-1 win against UNC Asheville last Sunday, freshman RHP Christian Powell (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood) improved to 2-0 and leads the pitching staff with a 2.45 ERA. Senior RHP Tom Schiller (Rochester, N.Y./Monroe CC) has a team-high 14 strikeouts.  
  • Scouting the Crimson Tide
Alabama rolls into Charleston with a 6-0 record on the season after a 13-2 win over #25 Georgia Wednesday night. Tide 1B Clay Jones had three hits, including a home run and six RBI in the win. The senior has homered in three straight games and has 12 RBI in those three contests. Alabama was picked to finish fourth in the Western Division in the 2010 SEC Preseason Coaches Poll. 
  • All-Time vs. Alabama
This is the first time the Cougars have met Alabama.  
  • Start It Up
FRIDAY - Sophomore David Peterson (Walnut Creek, Calif./Los Comas) tossed 4.2 innings in his last outing, a no-decision start against UNC Asheville on Feb. 27. Peterson allowed four runs on five hits against the Bulldogs. Peterson is 1-0 on the season with a 3.12 ERA and six strikeouts.
SATURDAY - Freshman Christian Powell (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood) picked up his second straight win on the season with a seven-inning effort against UNC Asheville last weekend. Powell led the Cougras to a 3-1 victory by scattering 10 hits and striking out six, dropping his team-leading ERA to 2.45.
SUNDAY - Junior Josh Salay (Rock Hill, S.C./Spartanburg Methodist College) took the loss on the mound his last time out, an 18-8 setback in the Friday night contest against UNC Asheville. Salay allowed seven runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings with six strikeouts.
  • 2009 in Review
The Cougars went 35-22 overall and 17-13 in the SoCon last year, which put them fifth in the league standings. The comforts of home staked the Cougars a 22-5 record at Patriots Point Field in 2009. Last season, the Cougars were fourth in the country in home runs (110) and scoring (9.7 runs/game), and ninth in team batting average (.345).  
  • All-SoCon Cougars
College of Charleston senior Joey Bergman (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny) was selected as the Southern Conference Player of the Year by the league's baseball coaches, the SoCon announced Thursday. Two other Cougars were also named to preseason all-conference teams. 
Bergman led the country in both runs (88) and on base percentage (.551) in 2009 while finishing second nationally with a .452 batting average. Splitting time between shortstop and third base, Bergman also hit 15 home runs and had 57 RBIs while recording two or more hits in 35 of the 56 games. The senior is one of three returning starters to the Charleston lineup.
Senior Ryan Daniels (Victoria, Texas/Blinn College) joins Bergman on the Preseason All-Conference First Team at the designated hitter spot. Daniels hit .363 with 10 home runs and 64 RBIs last year in 50 games. His .457 on base percentage was third on the team. Junior Cole Rakar (Mount Pleasant, S.C./Wando) earned a second-team preseason all-conference spot in the outfield. He started 56 contests for the Cougars, hitting .317 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs. He tied the school record of three home runs in a single game on Mar. 28 against Furman.
College of Charleston baseball has been picked to finish third in the Southern Conference Preseason Poll by the media. The Cougars were tabbed to finish fourth in the coaches poll. 
  • 2010 Cougar Radio Schedule
Fans of Cougar baseball will have 14 opportunities to listen to the action on ESPN Radio 910-AM in Charleston or through the school's website at www.cofcsports.com. 
Nine home games will be broadcast over the airwaves, up from just one last season. The final two games of the Cougars' fourth home series of the season, against Samford on Mar. 13-14 will be available on the radio. Both games start at 1 p.m.
  2010 Radio Broadcast Schedule
 Mar. 13  vs. Samford      1 p.m.
 Mar. 14  vs. Samford      1 p.m.
 Mar. 27  at Western Carolina     3 p.m.
 Mar. 28  at Western Carolina     2 p.m.
 Apr. 3  vs. Georgia Southern     1 p.m.
 Apr. 4  vs. Georgia Southern     1 p.m.
 Apr. 7  at South Carolina     7 p.m.
 Apr. 17  vs. Wofford      1 p.m.
 Apr. 18  vs. Wofford      1 p.m.
 May 8  vs. The Citadel     6 p.m.
 May 9  vs. The Citadel     1 p.m.
 May 15  at Appalachian State     3 p.m.
 May 16  at Appalachian State     1 p.m.
  • Bergman Earns Second Preseason All-America Nod 
Senior shortstop Joey Bergman (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny) was selected to the 2010 Louisville Preseason All-America Baseball Team by Collegiate Baseball. 
Bergman, who was named to the second team, received All-American status for the second time this preseason. He was also named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association of America Pro-Line Athletic Preseason All-America third team.
Elected the 2009 Southern Conference Player of the Year, Bergman had a .452 average while drilling 15 home runs last season. He became the 10th player in Southern Conference history to record 100 hits in a single season. He garnered third-team All-America status by Collegiate Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Season Long Promotions:
Two-for-Tuesdays - Two tickets for $5 to all Tuesday night games
Faculty/Staff Fridays - free entry to College of Charleston faculty and staff with their staff ID card
Family Fun Saturdays - free entry for two children with an adult ticket purchase
Military Appreciation Sundays - up to four free tickets with a military ID at all Sunday home games.

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