CHARLESTON, S.C. – College of Charleston will travel to play Jacksonville on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. in a non-conference road game. The Cougars remained in the national polls on Monday afternoon with a no. 30 ranking in the Collegiate Baseball poll.
College of Charleston opened the home season last weekend with the Cougar Invitational against Rhode Island, UConn and Xavier.
After losing to Rhode Island, 9-5, on Friday night, the Cougars bounced back with wins over UConn and Xavier. The Cougar pitching staff allowed just six earned runs and an opponent batting average of .184 over the entire weekend. Matt Pegler went the first 6.1 innings without allowing a hit on Sunday and finished with seven innings, no runs and one hit. Christian Powell had a strong start on Saturday, holding UConn, a 2011 Super Regional team, to just one run and four hits in five innings.
Marty Gantt hit safely in all three games and hit for the cycle on the weekend. He led the team in RBIs (5), runs (6) and slugging percentage (1.091) on the weekend. Tyler Jackson and Rob Harding hit their first home runs of the season while Daniel Aldrich tallied two triples.
College of Charleston senior righty Ryan West will earn his first start of his career on Tuesday. West made his first appearance of the season on Saturday as he pitched 1.2 innings of relief against UConn. Although he gave up three runs, none were earned. He also struck out two batters.
The Cougars are 6-3 all-time against Jacksonville and have won the last five games in the series.
Last season, College of Charleston used a four-run seventh inning to come from behind and win 9-5. Aldrich and Gantt both tallied doubles in that game while Jose Rodriguez hit two home runs to get the win.
Scouting the Dolphins
Jacksonville comes into the game after taking two of three games against Northeastern in last weekend’s series. The Dolphins opened 2012 by getting swept by USC in Los Angeles. Jacksonville was picked second in the Atlantic Sun preseason poll.
Jacksonville has been led by Taylor Ratliff who sports a .267 batting average and six runs and six RBIs, five stolen bases and a home run. Jonathan Murphy hits .222 with seven RBIs and one run.
The Dolphins will start righty Steven Eagerton against College of Charleston. Eagerton has started one game, a loss, and made one relief appearance on the young season. He has totaled 7.0 innings pitched and seven runs surrendered, just two earned. He has struck out three batters this season.