The College of Charleston cracked three home runs and Cougars’ closer David Peterson surived a Gamecock rally in the 8th as Charleston scored a 4-3 win over USC Tuesday night at Carolina Stadium.
The win snaps an eight game losing streak by the Cougars to USC and is the first for coach Monte Lee against his former boss Ray Tanner. It’s also the 6th in 51 meetings with the Gamecocks and it avenges a 7-0 loss April 4th in Charleston. Charleston improves to 26-12 while USC falls to 27-11.
AUDIO: Monte Lee [3:36]
AUDIO: Ray Tanner [4:45]
The Cougars scored all of their runs in the first four innings. Daniel Aldrich ripped a two run homer in the top of the first off Nolan Belcher for a 2-0 lead. Brandon Glazer homered in the second and Bradley Goodson left the yard in the third inning.
The Gamecocks got a run back in the fifth on an RBI double by LB Dantzler. The game stayed 4-1 until the bottom of the 8th. Peterson came in to start the inning and quickly got into a bases loaded jam. Tanner English drove in two runs with a single to left. With the bases still loaded and no one out, Peterson struck out Joey Pankake looking for the first out. Evan Marzilli then lined out to left field and Christian Walker grounded out to second to end the inning.
The Gamecocks did get the tieing run on first with two outs in the 9th, but Peterson induced Grayson Greiner to fly out to right to end the game.
Charleston starter Ryan West earned the victory to improve to 4-3. Peterson picked up his 9th save. Belcher took the loss to fall to 2-2.
USC returns to SEC play this weekend at Auburn. Charleston returns home to host cross town rival The Citadel this weekend.