MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Junior RF Marty Gantt (North Augusta, S.C.) hit an inside-the-park-home run and added four RBIs, while redshirt-junior 3B Matt Leeds (Boca Raton, Fla.) went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as #18 College of Charleston used a 13-run fourth inning to rout New York Tech 23-4 Sunday afternoon at Patriots Point in the CofC Classic. The Cougars improve to 10-2 on the season, while New York Tech falls to 0-3.
New York Tech jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, scoring on a passed ball and a RBI groundout to first. Charleston took a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the second on only three hits as senior CF Cole Rakar (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) knocked a RBI single to right and Bears C George Carroll committed a two-out fielding error, allowing a pair of runs to score. Leeds followed up with a two-run homer to right for the three-run advantage.
After New York Tech scored another run in the top of the third, the Cougars plated four more runs in the bottom of the frame for a 9-3 lead. Redshirt-freshman Daniel Aldrich (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) led off the inning with a solo round-tripper to right and Gantt drove in sophomore LF Dre Watts (Laurens, S.C.) with a RBI double down the left-field line. Gantt later scored on a throwing error by New York Tech P J.C. Costa.
The Cougars exploded for a record-tying 13 runs in the fourth inning to pull away to a 22-3 lead. The output set the mark of the most runs scored in the fourth inning and ties the program mark for most runs in any inning, set in a fifth inning of a 27-9 win over Furman in 2009. Highlighting the frame was a three-RBI effort by senior 2B Jesse Mesa (Mirimar, Fla.) and the inside-the-park home run to deep center by Gantt.
Charleston plated a run in the fifth on a RBI single by freshman PH Brandon Murray (Nassau, Bahamas) and the teams traded single runs in the eighth, with the Cougars scoring on a RBI groundout by redshirt-senior RHP Travis Stewart (Laurel, Md.).
Junior RHP Rob Harding (Columbia, S.C.) picked up the victory for the Cougars, tossing a perfect 1-2/3 inning in relief. Senior starting RHP Josh Salay (Rock Hill, S.C.) went 3-2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with three strikeouts. The Cougars pounded out 18 hits and were aided by eight New York Tech errors.
The Cougars return to action Tuesday evening against USC Upstate at Patriots Point. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m.