CofC Shuts Out Jacksonville, 7-0, In Near-Perfect Game

          Release: 02/28/2012
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - College of Charleston fans held their breath as the Cougars took a perfect game into the ninth inning at Jacksonville, before an infield single broke it up on the first at bat of the ninth inning.

The Cougars (6-1) shut out Jacksonville (2-6) by a score of 7-0, behind a dominant starting performance by senior Ryan West in his first career start. West (1-0) went six innings with no hits and no walks, striking out four before being relieved due to pitch count.

Senior Kyle Owings and junior Dre Watts pitched perfect innings in the seventh and eighth to set up the drama in the ninth inning. Senior closer David Peterson came in to finish, but a slowly hit dribbler to the left side broke up the no-hitter and perfect game.

College of Charleston has never thrown a perfect game and the only no-hitter came in 2004 against Western Carolina.

"I'm obviously very proud of Ryan West today," head coach Monte Lee said. "He had great command and literally had a perfect performance. We had outstanding defense behind him, and we were able to get RBIs in two-out situations. It was a great effort out there today."

This season, the Cougar pitching staff have now put together three different no-hit bids going 4.1 IP (in a seven-inning game), 7.1 IP and 8.0 IP with Christian Powell, Matt Pegler and now West all posting strong starts.

The Cougar offense took the lead in the third inning with a two-out walk from junior Gunnar Heidt. Heidt stole second and scored on a double by Bradley Goodson. Senior Rob Harding kept the inning alive with a single on the next at-bat to score Goodson from second.

CofC manufactured another run in the sixth inning as Marty Gantt led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a fly out and ground out, Tyler Jackson doubled Gantt home from third to make it 3-0.

College of Charleston added four insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning. Daniel Aldrich hit his second home run of the season, a three-run shot to center field to score Gantt and Goodson. Gantt's 13 runs on the season lead the team.

Steven Eagerton took his second loss of the season for Jacksonville. He allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings.

College of Charleston will host Elon in a three-game conference set starting on Friday at 6 p.m.