MYRTLE BEACH -- College of Charleston freshman Dre Watts was ejected in the third inning of Saturday's NCAA Regional against Coastal Carolina.
Watts, the designated hitter, singled up the middle, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on Jamie Holler's single. He scored on a wild pitch, but popped up and a brief skirmish enused at home plate.
He received a one-game suspension. Watts had played in 17 previous games and was batting .414.
The game was delayed 14 minutes when home plate umpire Steve Mattingly was hit in the right wrist by a foul tip off Greg Blake's bat. Mattingly left the game and was replaced behind the plate by Dan Mascorro.
Cougars iron men
Junior Cole Rakar and sophomore Matt Leeds have started every game this season. Rakar has started every game in center field, while Leeds has played third base in all but two games. He was the designated hitter in those two contests.
C of C in NCAA openers
With its 9-6 win over N.C. State Friday, the College of Charleston extended its winning streak to three games in NCAA Tournament openers. In 2005, the Cougars beat Oral Roberts, 5-2 and in 2006 Charleston beat No. 15 Notre Dame, 5-4 in 16 innings. Charleston is 3-1 all-time in NCAA openers.
Attendance thus far
A crowd of 4,306 showed up for the Coastal Carolina-College of Charleston game at 6,600-seat BB&T Coastal Field, largest thus far at the Myrtle Beach Regional. Saturday's total attendance was 5,910 while the two-day total is 10,790.