Cougars grab share of championship

Sports -- College of Charleston baseball player Daniel Aldrich, former star at Wando High School. Photo provided by the College of Charleston

College of Charleston clinched a share of the Southern Conference regular season baseball title Saturday with a 10-4 win at UNC Greensboro, and the Cougars will be the No. 2 seed in the league tournament next week in Greenville.

The Cougars (37-18, 21-9) will face The Citadel, the No. 7 seed, in the first round of the tourney, at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

With Appalachian State (21-9) losing to Western Carolina on Saturday, the Cougars tied the Mountaineers for the regular season title, Charleston’s first since 2007. App State earned the top seed due to its series win over Charleston.

Pitcher Matt Pegler (9-2) allowed just three hits and two runs over six innings against UNC Greensboro, finishing the season with a 2.92 ERA, third-best in the league.

The Cougars were led by Rob Harding, who hit a three-run double in the seventh to break the game open. Daniel Aldrich hit a two-run home run in the first, his 10th of the season, while Brandon Murray had three singles and scored a run with an RBI.

“We had a very good offensive day and a great outing by Matt Pegler,” Cougars coach Monte Lee said. “Our whole pitching staff put together a good game, and we were able to get runners on base and drive them in. I’m proud of the way that we won in the last game of the regular season.”