PLEASANT, SC March 6, 2015 – College of Charleston baseball is set to begin a longer-than-expected home stand after this weekend’s series at Radford was relocated to Patriots Point, with the Cougars and Highlanders now slated for a Lowcountry Saturday doubleheader and single-game finale on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. both days.
Radford (5-5) at College of Charleston (6-3)
Mt. Pleasant, S.C. | Patriots Point
March 7 (1 p.m.) | March 7 (4 p.m.) | March 8 (1 p.m.)
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CofC Head Coach Monte Lee
On facing Radford:
“Radford is a very well-coached team, and a very scrappy team that finds ways to beat you. They’re a team who has had a couple 30-plus win seasons lately, so we know they’re a team that we can’t take lightly and we need to bring our best brand of baseball this weekend.”
On CofC’s win over Virginia Tech:
“Our pitching staff did a really good job. They pounded the strike zone and really limited our free passes. We got production from every guy in the lineup, with several guys giving us multiple quality at bats. We did a really good job of hitting with two strikes; we only struck out four times today which put a lot of pressure on their defense.”
“Overall we were very good in all facets of the game. It was the best, most-complete game we’ve played this year, and I’m very proud of my guys for that.”
Charleston (6-3) enters the game as winners of five of their last six after a midweek road victory at ACC foe Virginia Tech, marking the Cougars’ third win over a major-conference this season (SEC, Big Ten).
With the relocation of the series, the weekend now serves as the opener of a seven-game home stand for the Cougars, with The College slated to play 10 of their next 11 games within the friendly confines of Patriots Point.
LAST TIME OUT
In what Coach Lee described as the Cougars’ most comprehensive game of the season, CofC outhit the Hokies, 11-9, with nine different Cougar bats recording hits. The College benefitted from timely hitting, going 6-for-17 (.353) with runners on base and 6-for-14 (.429) with runners in scoring position.
Nathan Helvey (2-1) earned the win after starting the game and pitching effectively for 3.0 innings in a predetermined split. Wade Arduini, Jake McBreairty, Brandon Glazer, and Chase Henry all took the mound and collectively limited the Hokies to one run on three hits without issuing a walk in six innings.
SEEING THE BALL WELL
Morgan Phillips leads the Cougars with 13 hits and a .382 batting average, both of which rank in the top five in the CAA this season. He is riding a seven-game hit streak; and, along with Nick Pappas, has reached base successfully in all games this season, while Blake Butler has reached base in seven straight games.
HE’LL TAKE TWO
Pappas leads the CAA and ranks in the top 30 in the nation with six doubles this season, pacing the Cougars who rank 29th nationally in doubles per game.
Carl Wise leads the club with nine RBIs, ranking fourth in the league, followed by Champ Rowland who ties for fifth in the league after driving in eight runs this season. Rowland is one of five CAA hitters with multiple homeruns this season.
Excluding Helvey’s predetermined split on Wednesday, the Cougars have gotten quality starts out of their starter in four of eight games this season, with Clarke, Helvey, and Eric Bauer all contributing.
WEEKLY HONORS POURING IN
Taylor Clarke has been lights out this season, earning CAA Pitcher of the Week honors after two of his three appearances. Clarke is slated to throw again in game one on Saturday, and will bring with him a 2-0 record and 2.00 ERA through 18.0 innings pitched. He’s punched out 22 hitters on strikes, best in the CAA, and limited his opponents to a paltry .175 batting average.
Helvey has also been named a CAA Pitcher of the Week, contributing to the Cougars’ three honors in as many weeks.
IN THE OTHER DUGOUT
Radford enters the weekend with a 5-5 overall record after a 9-1 loss to East Tennessee State on Tuesday. The Highlanders benefitted the Bucs six runs in the first two innings, and couldn’t reinsert themselves into the game.
Radford has been able to rely on Friday night starter Michael Boyle who boasts an impressive 0.90 ERA and 2-0 record through 20.0 innings this season. He’s struck out 18 hitters while holding opponents to .206 hitting this season. Boyle is scheduled to get the ball in game one on Saturday.
Fellow scheduled starters Dylan Nelson and Mitchell MacKeith have been slightly less effective, each owning up to 5.60-or above ERAs and below average WHIPs.
Offensively, Shane Johnsonbaugh leads everyday players with a .378 batting average and .541 slugging percentage. Josh Gardiner is also hitting well this season, maintaining a .368 average, while Josh Reavis is hitting .286 with a team-high 11 RBIs, four clear of any other Highlander.
KEEPING UP WITH THE COUGARS
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