#26 Baseball Returns to SoCon Action With Three-Game Set at Furman
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)
- BATTING PRACTICE
- SCOUTING THE PALADINS
- ALL-TIME VS. FURMAN
- START IT UP
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.
- CHARLESTON PLAYER NOTES
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.
- 2010 COUGARS BASEBALL RADIO SCHEDULE
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
- COUGARS SWEEP SOCON WEEKLY AWARDS
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.
- ALL-SOCON COUGARS
- BERGMAN EARNS SECOND PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA NOD
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.
- ON DECK