Nick Pappas leaves College of Charleston baseball program

CofC's Nick Pappas led the Cougars in hitting with a .337 batting average in 2105. Paul Zoeller/Staff

Nick Pappas, one of the College of Charleston’s top returning hitters, has left the program, The Post and Courier has learned.

Pappas, who would have been a junior this season, was considered one of the top power hitters in college baseball and was expected to be a high draft pick in next June’s Major League Baseball draft.

As a sophomore, Pappas led the Cougars in hitting with a .337 batting average. Pappas, a former Dutch Fork High School star, also hit 12 home runs and drove in 57 run for the Cougars.

Pappas led the Cougars in hits (84), doubles (28) slugging percentage (.610) and total bases (152). Pappas was a second team All-CAA pick last season. His biggest hit of the 2015 season came against Auburn when he smacked a two-run home run in the seventh inning in the Cougars 3-2 victory over Auburn in the Tallahassee (Fla.) Regional.

As a freshman, Pappas was a Baseball America first team freshman All-American after hitting .269 with five home runs and 26 RBI.

After scoring two goals in less than two minutes in the first half, the College of Charleston men’s soccer team cruised to a 3-1 victory over William & Mary on Saturday night at Patriots Point.

The Cougars (4-3-1, 1-0-0 CAA) earned their first Colonial Athletic Association victory since defeating Northeastern, 1-0, back in November 2013. CofC tied a season high of three goals tonight with all of them coming from a different player.

Junior forward Hamilton Carlin kicked off the scoring for the College in the 30th minute when a rebound landed right at his feet on the right side of the goal, and he put it away for his first goal of the season. Less than two minutes later, junior captain Nico Rittmeyer received a perfect pass from junior midfielder Nicolas Jeausseran and Rittmeyer finished the breakaway for his third goal of the season.

In the 81st minute, CofC added an insurance goal when junior forward Adan Noel made his way into the box and after a series of moves blasted his first goal of the season right past Mac Philips.

Alyssa Dellacqua stopped 15 shots over the first 70 minutes of the contest, but Liberty was able to finally find the back of the net twice late as Charleston Southern fell to the host Flames in Big South play on Saturday afternoon, 2-0, in Lynchburg, Va.

Dellacqua faced 27 shots, 17 on goal, in making 15 saves for the Bucs in the loss. The total was the fifth-most saves in program history as the Toms River, N.J., native faced Liberty players firing early and often with 10 Flames launching shots in the contest.

The Bucs fell to 2-4-2, 0-2 in Big South Conference play with the loss. Liberty improved to 4-5-1, 2-0.

Charleston Southern senior Jessie Dotson posted a season-best time of 20:17.87 to win top individual honors at the Will Wilson Cross Country Invitational on Saturday at James Island County Park.

Dotson breezed to the win by defeating her closest competitor, Grace Jenkins of The Citadel, by more than 13 seconds. The Bucs’ veteran leader paced a strong team effort that placed them second in the field, behind only The Citadel.

Dotson’s teammates, Kaitlyn Keene and Hannah Palm, also capped a strong first half of the season with third- and seventh-place finishes. Keene, a sophomore, ran in 21:05.82. Palm, a junior who led the Bucs at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, crossed the finish line in 21:37.22.

Golf

Charleston Southern shot a team 5-over par to slip to sixth as a team through two rounds of the Golfweek Conference Challenge, played Saturday at Spirit Hollow Golf Club in Burlington, Iowa.

CSU shot a team 293 and is 2-under as a team, one shot behind SMU for fifth. Iowa was 15-under (273) as a team to overtake N.C. State for the lead. The Hawkeyes have a seven-shot lead over the Wolfpack. Kansas State is third at 7-under, followed by Idaho for fifth at 6-under.

Iowa’s Raymond Knoll has a four-stroke lead over San Jose State’s Cody Blick for medalist honors.

Junior Austin James is five strokes off the lead following an even-par 72. He double-bogeyed the first hole, but battled back with three birdies to get back to even on the day.

Sophomore R.J. Keur had CSU’s best round of the day with a 1-under 71. He had nine pars on the back nine and a pair of birdies on the front to post his low round of the year and is tied for 22nd.