The Cougars hit three home runs and three doubles as all but one starter tallied a hit. The win snapped a two-game losing streak and helped the Cougars (34-17) avoid a sweep against the Bulldogs (24-25).
CofC was led by home runs from Marty Gantt, Bradley Goodson and Brandon Glazer. Goodson also hit a two-RBI double to end the game with four RBI. Gantt scored two runs on two hits, and Brandon Murray and Daniel Aldrich each hit doubles and tallied RBI and two runs. Gunnar Heidt broke out of his recent hitting slump with a 2-for-3 day, scoring three runs.
Cougar starter Matt Pegler pitched 4.1 innings, earning a no decision as he allowed nine hits and five runs, although only two were earned. Senior Kyle Owings (3-0) picked up the win with an outstanding middle relief performance, pitching 2.2 innings of no-hit ball while striking out four batters. Dre Watts pitched a perfect eighth and David Peterson finished the game in the ninth, allowing one run on three hits.
UNC Asheville starter Brian Connolly (5-4) was tagged with the loss after giving up six runs on seven hits through the first four and a third innings. In all, Asheville used seven pitchers in the game with no reliever seeing more than an inning of action.
The Cougars mounted a two-out rally in the first inning, scoring four runs on doubles by Murray and Aldrich and a single from Rob Harding. Glazer then hit a two-run homer, his third of the season, to put CofC up 4-0.
The Bulldogs answered with three runs on three hits in the top of the second inning, all unearned as the Cougars committed three fielding errors in the frame. Cody Buch and Jordan Lurie tallied RBI in the inning as 11 Bulldogs came to the plate in the inning.
Asheville took the lead in the top of the fourth inning with a leadoff single from Ian Graham followed by a double from Todd Joyner. Buch hit a sacrifice fly to score Graham and Eli Miller singled to bring Joyner home, giving UNC Asheville a 5-4 lead.
College of Charleston battled back in the fifth and sixth innings with two-run homers from Gantt and Goodson, scoring Heidt each time. Gantt’s home run was his 10th of the season while Goodson’s RBIs give him a team-best 42 on the year.
The Cougars put the game away in the eighth inning when Goodson roped a two-RBI double down the left field line to score Gantt and Heidt and put the Cougars up 11-5.
Asheville plated one run in the top of the ninth on an RBI groundout with the bases loaded from Patrick Koontz, but it wasn’t enough as the Cougars hung on the 11-6 victory.
Before the game, the Cougar fans acknowledged the stellar careers of six seniors during Senior Day. Gantt, Harding, Nick Osterman, Owings, Peterson and Josh Renfro were all given a framed jersey and gathered as their career accomplishments were read.
The Cougars will conclude the 2012 home season on Tuesday night as CofC hosts Coastal Carolina at 6 p.m.