College of Charleston blanks Wofford, 3-0, in baseball

SPARTANBURG — Cody Martin hit a two-run homer and College of Charleston won a pitchers’ duel as Matt Pegler set a career high with 10 strikeouts as the Cougars beat Wofford, 3-0, Saturday.

Dre Watts worked out of trouble for a two-inning save for the Cougars (26-20, 14-9 SoCon).

Jesse Morris was outstanding for the Terriers (20-30, 10-17), tying his season high with 15 strikeouts.

Pegler (3-2) did not allow an earned run, going seven scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits and one walk while making his team-high sixth quality start.

Watts got out of trouble in the ninth after Wofford loaded the bases with two outs, but he preserved the shutout as James Plaisted couldn’t get the ball out of the infield.

The Cougars took the lead in the first inning when Gunnar Heidt reached on an error. Brandon Murray laced a single into right field that scored Heidt and gave the Cougars all the runs they would need.

Morris had eight strikeouts through three innings until Murray singled again in the fourth and Martin ripped a home run to right field, his second of the season.

Neither team really threatened again until the eighth inning when Watts allowed a single to Wofford’s Matt Ramsay. The Cougars then turned a 6-4-3 double play, and Watts fielded a grounder to get out of the inning.

Wofford produced a ninth-inning walk from Clark Wise and single from Alex Paradowski to put two runners on with just one out. After Watts struck out Josh Hyman, cleanup hitter Seth Neely singled to shortstop to load the bases with two outs. However, with an opportunity for a walk-off grand slam, Plaisted grounded out to short to end the game.

College of Charleston returns home for a Tuesday game against Campbell and a Wednesday game against Georgia.