CLEMSON – College of Charleston baseball defeated Clemson for the first time in the history of its program on Monday afternoon.
Twenty-three times the Cougars had played the Tigers and 23 times the Cougars had lost to their powerful in-state rival – 17 times as a Division I program - until Monday afternoon when starting pitcher Matt Pegler allowed just two runs over six innings and was supported by multi-hit days from Daniel Aldrich, Rob Harding and Bradley Goodson in a 4-2 victory.
The College of Charleston avoided being swept in the series with the win and improved to 32-15 overall on the season. Clemson fell to 28-19.
While the series was of the non-conference variety it was important for both teams’ postseason resumes. Simulated RPI projections have Clemson rising from a 33rd overall ranking last week to 24th this week, and College of Charleston falling from 28th to 36th.
SEBaseball.com’s latest projection has Clemson as a No. 3 at LSU in the NCAA Tournament and the College of Charleston as a No. 2 seed at Chapel Hill.
While Clemson lost, C of C transfer Thomas Brittle was able to extend his hitting streak to 21 games with a single in the eighth inning. Brittle is the 19th Tiger to have a hitting streak of 20 games or more. Rusty Adkins holds the program record with a 41-game streak over the 1965 and 1966 seasons.
Daniel Aldrich hit his seventh home run of the season over the left-center field fence and Brandon Glazer scored from third on field on a fielder’s choice to give the College of Charleston a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning.
C of C added another run in the sixth on a Rob Harding RBI single to take a 4-2 lead. Clemson starting pitcher Jonathan Meyer left the game in the sixth, pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs, two earned.
Meyer earned the starting assignment as Leggett was down a starter following Kevin Brady’s hamstring injury last weekend.
Brady said his hamstring is feeling better though he expects to miss the final two weekend series. He hopes to return in time for the ACC Tournament. The staff also hopes he is able to pitch before the NCAA Tournament begins in June.