MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Sophomore RHP Christian Powell (Greenwood, S.C.) combined with three relievers to lead #21 College of Charleston to a 4-0 shutout of visiting USC Upstate Tuesday night at Patriots Point. The Cougars improve to 11-2 on the season and host Ball State tomorrow evening at 5:00 p.m.
Powell tossed five innings, scattering two hits and striking out three for his second win of the season. Sophomores Matt Pegler (Greenville, S.C.) and Jake Zokan (Columbia, S.C.), along with junior Rob Harding (Columbia, S.C.) allowed only four hits over the final four innings to secure the win.
The Cougars put a run up in the bottom of the first on a RBI single by redshirt-junior C Rob Kral (Randolph, N.J.) after junior RF Marty Gantt (North Augusta, S.C.) led off the inning with a double to right center and advanced to third on a fielding error by the Spartans’ centerfielder. Charleston scored again in the third to take a 2-0 lead. Senior CF Cole Rakar (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) reached on a throwing error by the third baseman and moved to second on the error. Rakar advanced to third on a fly out to right by Kral and scored on a fielder’s choice to first by redshirt-junior 3B Matt Leeds (Boca Raton, Fla.).
Charleston plated two runs in the fourth to close the scoring on the 4-0 win. After walking on four pitches and stealing second, senior 2B Jesse Mesa (Mirimar, Fla.) advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a RBI groundout by sophomore DH Dre Watts (Laurens, S.C.). Senior SS Jamie Holler (Rock Hill, S.C.) followed up with a double down the left-field line and scored on a RBI single up the middle by Gantt.
The Cougars recorded eight hits on the evening, led by Gantt’s two hits and were aided by a pair of Upstate errors. David Roseboom took the loss for the Spartans, allowing two runs on four hits in three innings with two strikeouts.
The Cougars return to action Wednesday evening against Ball State at Patriots Point. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. Senior RHP Robert Jeroszko (Greenville, S.C.) will take the mound for the College.