MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - College of Charleston won its second game in two days with a 12-0 shutout of Savannah State at home on Tuesday evening.
The Cougars (33-15) won their fifth straight home game, while Savannah State dropped to 18-30 on the season. The shutout was the fifth for the CofC pitching staff this season, while the hitters eclipsed 10 runs for the eighth time in 2012.
Left-hander Jake Zokan (1-0) made his first start and second appearance of the season as he went 5.0 innings and allowed just four hits while striking out four, earning his first win of the season. Relievers Dre Watts, Drew Freie, Griffin Jones and Derrick Smith each pitched an inning and did not allow a hit for the rest of the game. The CofC pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts for the fifth time this season.
The College of Charleston hitting attack was led by seniors Marty Gantt and Rob Harding. Gantt belted a two-run homer, his ninth of the season, while drawing three walks and scoring three runs. Harding tallied two hits and two RBI while reaching base three times.
Both players extended their reached base streaks to 15 games, respectively. Despite walking twice and scoring a run, Brandon Glazer snapped his team-best 14-game hitting streak.
Savannah State starter Eric Ransom (1-1) took the loss despite allowing only one hit, as he went 2.1 innings, giving up two runs, one earned. Tiger reliever Jackson May took the most damage as he allowed eight hits and eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings as the Cougars put the game out of reach.
The Cougars used sloppy Tiger defense to score runs in the first and third innings. Gantt reached on an error to start the game, before stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error by the catcher. He scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Murray. Gantt scored again in the third inning with a leadoff walk, a balk, an advance on a fly ball and a wild pitch.
CofC walked its way to two runs in the fourth inning as the five different Cougars drew walks and Gunnar Heidt and Bradley Goodson picked up RBIs on a sacrifice fly and a groundout. On the game, College of Charleston drew 10 team walks, tying a season high.
The home team broke the game open in the fifth and sixth innings as the bats came alive to find hits. Harding, Welke and Heidt all hit safely in the fifth inning before Gantt hit a two-run homer to give the Cougars an 8-0 lead.
The Cougars opened the sixth inning with four consecutive hits with a double from Murray, triple from Aldrich, single from Harding and triple from Martin as the Cougars posted four more runs on the board to create the final margin of 12-0.
College of Charleston will continue with a non-conference makeup game tomorrow at Charleston Southern. Game time has been moved to 1:30 p.m.