April 3, 2011
Mt. Pleasant, S.C. - The College of Charleston scored eight runs in the home half of the sixth inning en route to a 15-3 win over Western Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Patriots Point, completing the three-game Southern Conference series sweep over the Catamounts.
Charleston's Jose Rodriguez opened the scoring with a three-run home run to left field in the bottom of the first inning, with the Cougars racing to a 6-0 lead by adding three runs in the second. The Catamounts put two aboard with consecutive one-out singles by Luke Gragg and Ross Heffley in the fourth with freshman Adam Martin dropping in a double to center field to plate two, pulling WCU within four, 6-2.
Heffley was the lone Catamount to record a multi-hit game with a 2-for-4 showing as the six WCU hits were scattered amongst five players.
The Cougars scratched the board for one in the bottom of the fourth before exploding for eight runs on seven hits, capitalizing on three walks in the sixth. Rob Kral drove in three with a bases loaded double for one of two extra base hits in the frame.
All told, 13 batters took swings for CofC in the decisive sixth inning.
Western Carolina (11-14-1, 2-10 SoCon) tacked on a run in the seventh as Cody Jones tripled to center field as Cole Rakar dove and missed for the line drive fly ball to plate Matt Johns, who was plunked with two outs in the inning.
WCU starter Adam Curtis (1-1) was chased in the second inning, allowing three runs on two hits with two walks and a strikeout as the Catamounts used nine different pitchers. Kyle Stewart had the most effective relief, throwing four innings out of the bullpen with four strikeouts and two walks. Relievers Morgan McKinney, Andrew Blackwell and Brandon Johnson all tossed an inning out of the bullpen, each tallying a strikeout while only allowing two hits.
College of Charleston starter Christian Powell (3-0) scattered five base hits through eight innings to score the victory with Casey Lucchese pitching the ninth allowing one hit. Offensively, four Cougars recorded multi-hit games including a 3-for-5 showing by Marty Gantt. Rodriguez finished with a team-high four RBI on two hits.
Western Carolina steps out of conference to face the nationally-ranked Clemson Tigers on Wednesday night before returning home to host Samford in league action next weekend. First pitch from Doug Kingsmore Stadium is scheduled for 6:30 pm.