Cougs pitcher Pegler out with hand injury

Charleston's Matt Pegler is not expected to play in this week's Southern Conference baseball tournament. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Phil Sandlin

College of Charleston pitcher Matt Pegler is not expected to play in this week’s Southern Conference baseball tournament.

Pegler, a senior, suffered a hairline fracture of his throwing hand during the first inning of the Cougars’ 8-6 victory over Georgia Southern this past Saturday.

Georgia Southern’s Stryker Brown smacked a line drive that hit the Greenville native. Pegler remained in the game for another inning before leaving.

“It’s very doubtful that Matt’s going to be able to pitch this week,” said Cougars coach Monte Lee. “Matt is a big part of this team. It’s a huge blow to our pitching staff, but it also means that someone else has an opportunity to step up for us.”

Pegler, who had won this last three starts, is 4-2 this season with a 3.62 ERA in 87 innings. He struck out 70 and walked just 13.

North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran, who leads the nation with 83 RBIs and hit .376, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s player of the year.

Teammate Kent Emanuel was named ACC pitcher of the year, Virginia outfielder Joe McCarthy was freshman of the year and the Cavaliers’ Brian O’Connor was named coach of the year.