The College of Charleston baseball team is getting more rest this weekend than the Cougars wanted.
The Cougars were eliminated from the Southern Conference tournament Friday by Appalachian State, as the Mountaineers breezed to a 10-6 win at Riley Park. Appalachian State had lost four straight games to the Cougars.
The College of Charleston must now sit and wait until the 64-team NCAA tournament field is announced on Monday.
The Cougars feel like their record should earn a postseason bid.
"Am I disappointed?" said Cougars coach Monte Lee, whose team has a 42-17 record. "Yeah, I'm disappointed it ended this way. But on the other side you've got to look at the whole body of work. Every game is important. You have to look at the whole season.
"Like I said before the tournament, if you'd asked me at the beginning of the year if I'd sign for 42 wins, absolutely. Our RPI (ratings percentage index) was 22 going into the conference tournament. It might drop a little bit, but I don't expect it to get out of the 20s. For a Southern Conference team that hasn't been to a regional since 2006, I think it's going to be awfully tough for us not to be going next weekend. And that's our goal every year, to get into the field of 64. I'm extremely happy and proud of what our guys have been able to accomplish this year."
That included a three-game sweep of the Mountaineers late in the regular season and an exciting 12-11 11-inning win over ASU in the opening game of the tournament on Wednesday.
But the Cougars appeared to be worn out from their 7-6, 12-inning loss to Western Carolina that put them in the loser's bracket. That game began at 9:35 p.m. on Thursday and didn't end until 2 a.m. Friday.
Appalachian State's offense Friday was consistent against the Cougars, who scored all of their six runs in the second and third innings.
Appalachian State (37-17-1) meets Western Carolina at 9 a.m. today.
"I felt like our spirits and energy level were pretty good today," Lee said. "I don't use the excuse of being tired or anything like that as far as how we played today because I didn't think that was the case.
"Last night our bullpen struggled a little bit, even though we had some bright spots. We just couldn't score enough runs once we got up by six. The same thing happened today. We scored six runs in the first three innings and then we didn't do anything else. We had some opportunities, but they got a big double play ball when we had the bases loaded with one out.
"Give them credit. We couldn't come up with the big hit when we needed it. We kept getting guys on base but we couldn't do anything with them. I give their guys credit. The bottom line is we didn't swing the bats very well today. We didn't pitch very well. And we made four errors. As far as what we did well today, we didn't do anything well.
"But this team's pretty resilient and I expect us to bounce back after a couple of days rest."
Lee said baseball is a game filled with peaks and valleys, and the Cougars "haven't had too many valleys this year."
"I think the big thing right now is we need to rest and get the energy levels back in high gear for next weekend," Lee said. "At this point of the year, you want everybody at 100 percent. Over the next couple of days, we'll take a step back and regroup, try to get our energy levels up and adjust our focus.
"I think we've done enough to get in the tournament. If we do get in, we're going to feel very fortunate and be excited about it. It's a great opportunity.
"I don't care where we go. You can send me to California. It doesn't matter to us as to where we go. We'll keep our ears open and our eyes tuned to the television set on Monday and see what happens."
E--Jones, Bergman, Rakar, Leeds, Powell. DP--ASU 2. LOB--ASU 10, CofC 10. 2B--Hobson, Rakar, Rodriguez; Jones, Leeds, Rodriguez, Watts. SH--Myers. SF--Crespo, Zupcic. SB--Crespo, Hobson, Myers, Jones. CS--Zupcic.
HBP--by Arrowood (Watts, Leeds); by Schiller (Jones); by Miller (Rodriguez).
Time--3:00. Att: 769.
Reach Tommy Braswell at 937-5591.