The Cougar offense got out to a hot start against the Gamecocks, hitting three home runs in the first three innings, including a two-run shot from Daniel Aldrich, his first home run since February 28. Brandon Glazer and Bradley Goodson also hit solo shots to give the Cougars a 4-0 lead. Starter Ryan West allowed just one run in six innings of work as he struck out seven.
Despite allowing two runs in the eighth, closer David Peterson shut down the top of the Gamecock lineup with two on and none out to preserve a 4-3 lead and earn his ninth save of the season.
This weekend, the College of Charleston will honor the men's and women's swimming and diving teams during Friday night's game and will induct former players Chris Campbell and Nick Chigges into the Wall of Fame before Saturday's game.
All of the weekend's games will be broadcast on ESPN 910 AM and the Charleston Sports Network on CofCSports.com with Jeff McCarragher and Dennis Trapani.
The Citadel holds a slight lead in the all-time series against the Cougars with mark of 37-34, as the Cougars and Bulldogs split last year's series with The Citadel winning two of three at Riley Park and the Cougars winning one at Patriots Point.
RHP #5 Austin Pritcher, Citadel, 4-2, 3.41 ERA, 60.2 IP, 18 BB, 37 K
LHP #19 Josh Renfro, CofC, 5-3, 3.69 ERA, 53.2 IP, 8 BB, 54 K
LHP #16 Kevin Connell, Citadel, 1-2, 2.83 ERA, 35.0 IP, 21 BB, 23 K
RHP #20 Christian Powell, CofC, 6-2, 2.32 ERA, 54.1 IP, 14 BB, 47 K
LHP #7 Logan Cribb, Citadel, 1-2, 4.37 ERA, 47.1 IP, 26 BB, 35 K
RHP #22 Matt Pegler, CofC, 6-2, 2.73 ERA, 52.2 IP, 11 BB, 34 K
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
The Citadel enters the game winning their last four in a row, including a win at Winthrop on Tuesday and a series sweep of UNC Greensboro at home. The final game of the series with the Spartans featured a dramatic ending as the Bulldogs overcame a five-run deficit with two outs in the ninth inning.
The Bulldogs are ranked in the middle of the conference in hitting and pitching and have jumped up to seventh in the overall standings. Justin Mackert leads the team with a .297 batting average and also has 26 and 11 doubles. Nick Orvin (.280) and Joe Jackson (.276) are also powerful bats at the plate.
COFC IN THE STATISTICAL RANKINGS
The Cougars currently lead the SoCon in pitching with a team ERA of 2.76 and an opposing batting average of just .222. The staff ERA ranks 10th nationally, while the Cougars are eighth in the NCAA in hits allowed per nine innings (7.4).
Christian Powell leads the league with an ERA of 2.32, while his six wins rank seventh in the country. Matt Pegler is third in the Southern Conference with an ERA of 2.73. Ryan West is second in the conference with an opposing batting average of .208. David Peterson is in first place in the SoCon for saves with nine. That mark ranks eighth nationally.
Marty Gantt leads the conference and is ninth in the country in runs scored with 44 and is fourth in the SoCon in batting average (.381) and first in doubles (15) and third in stolen bases (20). Brandon Murray is fifth in the league in home runs (9).
The Cougars are 8th in the nation in home runs (40) and 13th in homers per game (1.0).
AN ODD DISTINCTION
College of Charleston has the remarkable distinction of being the only team in the nation to rank in the top 10 in both ERA (2.76, 10th) and home runs (40, 8th).
GOODSON NAMED SOCON PLAYER OF THE WEEK
College of Charleston infielder Bradley Goodson has been named the SoCon Player of the Week, the conference office announced on April 16.
Goodson helped lead the Cougars to a 3-1 week, capped by a weekend series win over Samford to put College of Charleston in first place in the Southern Conference.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., the junior tied a career high with a 4-for-4 day at the plate with a three-run home run and five RBI in a 16-3 win over Winthrop on Tuesday. Goodson continued his solid performance throughout the weekend, tallying doubles on Friday and Saturday and scoring two runs on Sunday.
On the week, Goodson posted a .692 batting average with one home run, two doubles, eight RBI and five runs scored. He was also named to the CBI Regional Player of the Week list.
COFC TO INDUCT CHRIS CAMPBELL, NICK CHIGGES IN WALL OF FAME
The College of Charleston baseball program has announced its 2012 Wall of Fame induction class with Chris Campbell ‘07 and Nick Chigges ‘07 as this year's honorees. The pair will be formally inducted before the Cougars play The Citadel on Saturday, April 21 at 3 p.m. at Patriots Point.
Campbell and Chigges were part of CofC's most successful baseball class, winning regular season SoCon championships in 2004, 2005 and 2007, while bringing home the SoCon Tournament championship in 2006. The Cougars went to NCAA Regionals in 2004 and 2005 and advanced to an NCAA Super Regional in 2006. In their four-year careers, Campbell and Chigges led the Cougars to an overall record of 180-67 (.729).
"We are very excited to welcome Chris Campbell and Nick Chigges back to Patriots Point to recognize their contributions to our program," head coach Monte Lee said. "These two ballplayers had exceptional careers with College of Charleston and helped give our program national recognition and success."
GANTT'S CONSISTENT PLAY
Marty Gantt has led the team all season in batting average after opening with a strong series at South Alabama. Gantt recently snapped a team-best 23-game reached base streak and a 10-game hitting streak. He has failed to get a hit in just six games this year.
Gantt has shown that he can hit for power and contact as he leads the team in batting average (.381), slugging percentage (.633), on-base percentag (.477), runs (44), stolen bases (20) and is second in home runs (6) and RBI (29).
College of Charleston's Saturday starter Christian Powell has proved to nearly unhittable this season. Powell sports a league-best 2.32 ERA. Powell has boasted three starting performances where he has not allowed an earned run and has one partial shutout this season. His six wins are tied for second in the SoCon and rank 20th in the NCAA.
NO FREE LUNCHES
Not only has Cougar pitching kept opponent runs off the board, CofC has limited the number of walks allowed. The Cougars have only walked 96 batters while striking out 309, for a strikeout-walk ratio of 3.22, ranking eighth in the country. Both Josh Renfro and Ryan West are averaging less than one walk per pitching appearance.
CLOSING THE DOOR
College of Charleston senior David Peterson has embraced his new role of closer in 2012 and has provided several stellar outings recently to save games for the Cougars, including a two-inning performance at South Carolina.
Peterson is currently in first place in the conference in saves with nine, putting him 11th in the NCAA. That mark also ranks sixth for most in a season in CofC history.
Peterson was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List along with 44 other relievers. The award honors the top relievers in NCAA baseball and is narrowed five finalists during the week of the Super Regionals.
ALDRICH ON A HITTING TEAR
Preseason All-American Daniel Aldrich played through March in a tough hitting slump. However, after not playing against Appalachian State on Saturday, April 7, Aldrich has been on a hitting tear. Aldrich has tallied multiple hits in all six games, hitting 14-26 (.538) with 10 runs, eight RBI, four doubles, two triples and a home run. In that stretch, Aldrich raised batting average from .208 to .276.
B-MURR, BENZ OR BENTLEY
College of Charleston sophomore Brandon Murray has been a power generator at the plate, blasting a team-best nine home runs and boasting a slugging percentage of .581. Murray is fifth in the league in home runs.
Murray was named the SoCon Player of the Week on March 26. He hit a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning that led to the Cougars extra-inning win over CSU (3/27).
After splitting time in left field to begin the season, Murray has cemented a place in the heart of the lineup with his power and patience (second on team with 21 walks) at the plate.
CHICKS DIG THE LONG BALL
While the College of Charleston has based its 2012 reputation off of the strength of its pitching staff, the Cougars are still hitting for power in a big way. CofC leads the Southern Conference in team home runs with 40, a mark that currently ranks eighth in the country.
College of Charleston has seen power from a number of different bats as Brandon Murray (9), Marty Gantt (6) and Bradley Goodson (7) all have five or more long balls. CofC is 20-5 this season when the squad hits a home run in a game, and 9-1 when the Cougars hit two or more long balls.