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#26 Baseball Returns to SoCon Action With Three-Game Set at Furman

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          Release: 04/08/2010
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Freshman Christian Powell
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Games 32-34
College of Charleston (23-8, 8-4 SoCon) vs. Furman (9-20, 3-9 SoCon)

Friday, April 9 - 7:00 p.m.

RHP #32 Christian Powell (4-1, 4.79 ERA) vs. RHP #27 Ian Perry (1-3, 5.23 ERA)

Saturday, April 10 - 5:00 p.m.

RHP #9 Kevin Decker (3-0, 2.81 ERA) vs. RHP #28 Kevin Gaid (1-2, 5.66 ERA)

Sunday, April 11 - 1:00 p.m.

RHP #23 David Peterson  (3-2, 6.89 ERA) vs. LHP #14 Daniel Stallsmith (2-0, 2.43 ERA) 


Nick Ebert went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI as #8 South Carolina scored six early runs and held on for a 6-3 victory over #26 College of Charleston Wednesday evening at Carolina Stadium. Junior CF Cole Rakar and sophomore 3B Matt Leeds each homered for the Cougars and freshman southpaw Jake Zokan took the loss for CofC. Zokan picthed 2.2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits with three strikeouts. Rakar extended his hitting streak to 12 games and has a team-high .414 average, 55 hits and 16 stolen bases. Leeds tops the team in home runs with 13 and the RBI chart with 42. 


Furman is coming off a 9-8 non-conference loss to Charleton Southern Wednesday evening. Will Owens leads the Paladins with a .350 average, while Will Muzika has a team-high eight home runs and 28 RBI. Furman was chosen to finish 8th in the 2010 SoCon Preseason Coaches Poll and 7th in the media polling. Junior 3B Brian Harrison was selected to the Preseason All-SoCon First Team. 


Charleston leads the all-time series, 30-14-1. Last season, the Cougars took the regular-season series in Mt. Pleasant, two games to one. All hig-scoring affairs, CofC prevailed 18-4 and 27-9, but fell in the middle game of the series 10-9. Furman eliminated the Cougars from the 2009 SoCon Tournament by a 6-5 score on May 21. 


FRIDAY - Freshman RHP Christian Powell makes his fourth Friday night start this season. In his last outing, Powell tossed a season-high eight innings against Georgia Southern. He took a no-decision, allowing four runs, two earned, on seven hits with two strikeouts.
SATURDAY - Senior RHP Kevin Decker takes the mound for his fourth start after five appearances out of the bullpen. In his last appearance, he went six innings for a no-decision against Georgia Southern on April 3, allowing 10 hits and six runs, four earned, as the Cougars scored a 8-7 come-from-behind win in the ninth.
SUNDAY - Sophomore RHP David Peterson returns after earning his third victory of the season against Georgia Southern on April 4. Peterson was tagged for 13 hits and seven runs, five earned, with three strikeouts, as CofC outlasted the Eagles for an 11-8 win and the weekend sweep.
Here is a look at some of the Cougars' key players over the past week:

SS Joey Bergman - returned to action at the plate against Charleston Southern on March 24 after hamate bone surgery put him on the shelf earlier this season... batting .158 over the past four games, with a double.

DH Kolby Epley - had a home run and two RBI in last Saturday's win over Georgia Southern... had two at-bats against South Carolina and was hit by a pitch both times.

RHP Heath Hembree - picked up the victory out of the bullpen in last Saturday's win to improve to 5-0 on the season... pitched the 9th inning against South Carolina, striking out two Gamecocks and walking one.

2B Baker Knox - batted .333 for the week... belted a home run with two RBI in last Sunday's win... added two doubles against South Carolina on Wednesday.

C Rob Kral - batted .286 for the week with two home runs and five RBI... had two hits, including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth of last Friday's game... added a home run and two RBI in both Saturday and Sunday's wins... had one of the three grand slams in 28-9 win over Charleston Southern on March 24.

3B Matt Leeds - had a solo home run in loss to South Carolina Wednesday night... went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in last Friday's win over Georgia Southern... team-best .500 average, four doubles and seven RBI over the four games last week... has nine home runs in his last 12 games... was hit by a pitch three times in March 26's 11-8 win over Western Carolina... had one of the three grand slams in 28-9 win over Charleston Southern on March 24.

CF Cole Rakar - has an 12-game hitting streak... improved average from .385 to .414 during the streak... added a solo home run in the loss to South Carolina last week... team-high three hits, including a home run in last Friday's win... four stolen bases in the four games last week.

RHP Tom Schiller - earned a win and a save in two appearances last week... picked up the victory last Friday, tossing a perfect ninth with two strikeouts... went 2.2 innings and allowed one baserunner in Sunday's save.


The College of Charleston announced its updated radio broadcast schedule which includes five road games and eight home games, as well as the Southern Conference Tournament. Games are scheduled to air on ESPN Radio 910-AM in Charleston and can also be heard live on the internet at www.CofCSports.com. Ted Byrne will be handling the broadcasting duties for the baseball season.

2010 Cougar Baseball Radio Broadcast Schedule
Apr. 16   vs. Wofford  7 p.m.
Apr. 17   vs. Wofford  1 p.m.
Apr. 18   vs. Wofford  1 p.m.
Apr. 24   vs. Elon   1 p.m.
Apr. 25   vs. Elon   1 p.m.
May 1   at Davidson  2 p.m.
May 2   at Davidson  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.
May 22   vs. UNC-Wilmington 6 p.m.
May 26-30  at the SoCon Tournament


College of Charleston junior DH Rob Kral was named the Southern Conference Baseball Player of the Week, while teammate senior RHP Kevin Decker was selected as the league's Pitcher of the Week on March 22.

Kral had a career day at the plate on March 19, hitting three home runs with five RBIs in the Cougars' series-opening win at UNC Greensboro. Kral's three home run output ties the program's record for home runs in a game with four others, including current head coach Monte Lee (1999). The sophomore had at least one RBI in all five games for the Cougars that week as CofC went 5-0. He had four multi-hit games, 10 RBIs and slugged 1.000.

Decker went 2-0 in two appearances that week, coming out of the bullpen to pick up the victory versus No. 8 Coastal Carolina and then making his first start at UNC Greensboro. The senior right-hander allowed only three hits in nine total innings, highlighted by two frames of hitless, shutout ball against the nationally-ranked Chants on March 16. He followed that by allowing two runs on three hits in seven innings of work against the Spartans March 20. Decker held opponents to a .103 batting average, giving up two singles and a double over 34 batters.


College of Charleston senior Joey Bergman was selected as the Southern Conference Player of the Year by the league's baseball coaches, the SoCon announced Thursday. Senior Ryan Daniels joins Bergman on the Preseason All-Conference First Team at the designated hitter spot. Junior Cole Rakar earned a second-team preseason all-conference spot in the outfield. 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. 


Senior shortstop Joey Bergman was selected to the 2010 Louisville Preseason All-America Baseball Team by Collegiate Baseball. Bergman, who was named to the second team, received All-America 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 ABCA.


The Cougars return to the Upstate for a mid-week matchup with USC Upstate, Tuesday, April 13, in Spartanburg. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.

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