PLEASANT, SC March 19, 2015 – College of Charleston baseball embarks on its second-ever Colonial Athletic Association season with a three-game series with Towson at Patriots Point March 20-22. The series begins on Friday with first pitch slated for 6 p.m.
Towson (2-15, 0-0 CAA) at College of Charleston (11-6, 0-0 CAA)
March 20 (6 p.m.) | March 21 (3 p.m.) | March 22 (1 p.m.)
Mt. Pleasant, S.C. | Patriots Point
Broadcast (Games 1, 3) | ESPN Radio 910 (Game 1) | Live Stats (All Games)
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The College has alternated wins and losses in its last seven games, most recently upending Campbell and snapping the nation’s second-longest active winning streak on Tuesday evening. The Cougars have staved off losing back-to-back games since opening weekend at then-ranked No. 10 South Carolina.
Towson has lost four straight and seven of its last eight games. Towson is allowing its opponents to hit .326 this season and surrendering over 9.0 runs per game on average.
CofC head coach Monte Lee:
“We are excited to start CAA play and know what the expectations are heading into this weekend. We told our guys that there is a change of the season with the beginning of conference play, and I feel that our guys understand the importance of playing our best brand of baseball every single conference weekend.”
“We are trying to build a resume worthy of the postseason and we want to win our league. We are coming into the weekend understanding that we need to play our best brand of baseball, put all the phases of the game together and try to win a series.”
LAST TIME OUT
College of Charleston baseball powered past Campbell, 10-3, at Jim Perry Stadium on Tuesday night, snapping Campbell’s 14-game winning streak which was the second longest active streak in the country.
Charleston’s pitching staff didn’t allow a walk, and the hitters sprung for double-digit hits for the fourth time in five games.
Righty Brandon Glazer earned the win for Charleston (11-6 overall). With a predetermined pitch cap of 45 pitches, Glazer went 3.2 innings without allowing an earned run and scattered three hits. The Camels led off each of his frames with a hit, but Glazer had his best stuff under pressure, holding the Camels to 0-for-10 with runners on base.
Each of the first four hitters in the Cougar lineup (Ryan Brown, Tommy Richter, Carl Wise, and Blake Butler) had multiple hits on the day, as did Morgan Phillips and Champ Rowland. Wise and Phillips combined for seven RBIs.
Wise, Butler, and Phillips all homered for the Cougars, who entered the game ranked seventh in the country in home runs per game.
Read More: Full Recap
CLARKE TO RETAKE THE MOUND
Right handed junior ace Taylor Clarke is scheduled to get the start on Friday night, having eclipsed double-digit strikeouts in each of his last four outings. He has offered a quality start in three consecutive outings, and set the school record for strikeouts in a game on Friday, March 17 when he fanned 18 Radford hitters, leading to National Player of the Week honors.
Clarke currently ranks third in all of NCAA Division I in strikeouts with 50 through five appearances and 34.0 innings pitched. He leads the league in innings pitched (34.0), strikeouts (50), and opponent batting average (.175) while ranking second in ERA (1.75).
Clarke began his collegiate career at Towson before transferring to The College.
Read More: Catching up with Clarke
THE REMAINING ROTATION
Left-handed junior Wade Arduini is scheduled to make his first start as a Cougar when he gets the ball for game two on Saturday. Arduini has shown improvement as of late, allowing just one total hit across his last four appearances (5.2 innings).
Nathan Helvey will remain the Sunday starter and make his sixth start of the season. Helvey offered a quality start last Sunday against High Point, but fell victim to Cougar errors which led to four unearned runs as he was tagged with the loss.
OFFENSE ON THE RISE
The Cougars have notched at least 11 hits in five of their last six games, averaging 12.5 hits per game over that stretch. CofC is now hitting .290 as a club which ranks fourth in the CAA. The Cougars are ranked in the 25 nationally in doubles per game (2.24 – 24th) and overall slugging percentage (.466 – 13th).
Morgan Phillips leads the club with a .394 batting average and ties for third in the CAA with 26 hits thus far. Phillips’ .591 slugging percentage and .414 on-base percentage equate to a healthy 1.005 ERA.
Freshman Tommy Richter has become a more-regular fixture in the Cougar lineup as the DH and is hitting .353 on the year. Blake Butler (.333) and Ryan Brown (.300) are also members of the .300 club, while Alex Pastorius (.293) is a breath away.
LEAVING THE YARD
The Cougars currently rank fifth in the nation in homeruns per game (1.18) and have homered in seven consecutive games, totaling 14 long balls in those games. The longball has been an advantage for the Cougars, who have totaled 20 bombs on the season and reduced their opponents to five.
Carl Wise leads the club as well as the CAA with seven bombs, having left the yard in three consecutive games and seven of the last eight games. Wise also leads the Cougars with RBIs (24) and ranks third in the CAA.
Wise was involved in back-to-back homeruns for the second time this season when he and Blake Butler did so in the eighth inning Tuesday night. He and Alex Pastorius homered in succession against Radford on March 7.
Blake Butler extended his hitting streak to 13 games with two hits against Campbell on Tuesday night. Butler is now hitting .333 on the year and .304 lifetime.
GETTING ON BASE
Morgan Phillips and Champ Rowland have reached base successfully by either a base hit, walk, or hit by pitch (does not include reaching on an error or fielder’s choice) in 16 of 17 games this season.
The Cougars are now 8-1 when getting on the board before their opponent, and 5-1 when scoring in the first inning. CofC is also 10-0 when leading after the sixth inning.
KEEPING UP WITH THE COUGARS
While you can stay up to date with the Cougars at their official home on CofCSports.com, you can also find complementary material on both Twitter and Instagram. Through the social media platforms, the Cougars provide photos and tidbits from the Cougar trail, up-to-the minute schedule information, in-game thoughts and updates, and more.
Instagram: @cofc_baseball (mobile app recommended)