MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Junior RHP David Peterson (Walnut Creek, Calif.) struck out six Western Carolina batters over seven innings to lead the College of Charleston to a 6-3 victory Friday evening over the Catamounts in Southern Conference action at Patriots Point. The Cougars improve to 17-9 on the season, 4-3 in the SoCon and face WCU tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
Charleston jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by redshirt-junior LF Jose Rodriguez (Hialeah, Fla.) and a RBI single by redshirt-freshman Daniel Aldrich (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.). After WCU starter Matt Benedict gave up a single to senior CF Cole Rakar (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) and issued walks to redshirt-juniors C Rob Kral (Randolph, N.J.) and 3B Matt Leeds (Boca Raton, Fla.), Rodriguez lifted a deep sacrifice fly to left and Aldrich followed with the single through the left side.
The Cougars extended the lead to 5-0 with three runs in the fourth. After a walk by Rodriguez and a double by Aldrich, senior SS Jamie Holler (Rock Hill, S.C.) drove a RBI single through the left side for a 3-0 lead. Senior 2B Jesse Mesa (Miramar, Fla.) hit a ground ball to short, which went under the glove of WCU SS Aaron Attaway for an error that allowed Aldrich and Holler to score on the play.
Western Carolina put up a pair of runs in the fifth, cutting the lead to 5-2. Attaway led off the frame with a double down the left-field line and Austin Schultz drove him in with a triple to center. Ross Heffley plated Schultz with a RBI groundout to short. The Catamounts cut into the lead again with a single run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Heffley, making the score 5-3.
Charleston picked the run back up in the bottom of the seventh on a bases-loaded walk by redshirt-freshman C Jimmy Holton (West Palm Beach, Fla.). Junior reliever Kyle Owings (Gilbert, S.C.) came on in eighth inning and shut the door for the Cougars, recording strikeouts on all six batters, allowing two hits and walking three.
Peterson improved to 4-2 on the season, scattering 10 hits and walking one. Rodriguez and Aldrich notched a pair of hits each for the Cougars. Benedict took the loss for WCU, allowing five runs on four hits over 4-2/3 innings with six walks and five strikeouts.