LUBBOCK, TX - The College of Charleston baseball team and its pitching staff have put together of the best seasons in program history this season, and the College Baseball Foundation has taken notice by naming two of the most influential members of that staff – senior Carter Love (Charlotte, N.C.) and junior Evan Sisk (Chester, S.C.) – to its 20-member list of semifinalists for the National Pitcher of the Year Award.
The Cougars are one of three teams to have multiple pitchers on the list alongside Florida and Stetson. Love and Sisk have led Charleston's pitching staff to a 35-17 record entering this week's Colonial Athletic Association championship and combined for a 16-3 record between them in the process. Charleston enters the CAA Tournament as one of the top pitching staffs in the nation, leading NCAA Division I in two statistical categories – strikeout-to-walk ratio and WHIP – while ranking second in walks allowed per nine innings, fourth in shutouts, and seventh in earned run average.
Love is in the midst of one of the best individual seasons in program history, carrying a 7-0 record and a 1.52 ERA to go along with four saves and 53 strikeouts in 25 appearances. The towering right-hander ranks ninth nationally in walks allowed per nine innings, 10th in ERA, and 13th in both WHIP and strikeout-to-walk ratio. Love ranks first all-time at The College in career appearances (98), while ranking second in saves (20), ERA (2.51), fourth in WHIP (1.06), ninth in wins (19), and 10th in innings pitched (218.1).
Sisk comes into the CAA Championship with a 9-3 record and a 2.85 ERA to go along with 75 strikeouts in 14 starts. The junior southpaw ranks seventh nationally in games started and 11th in wins. Sisk has been especially dominant against Power Five opponents this season, posting a perfect 3-0 record in three starts while not allowing an earned run and striking out 19 in 23 and two-thirds innings of work against Georgia, Kansas State, and South Carolina.
Charleston returns to the diamond on Wednesday, May 23, when the No. 3 seed Cougars will take on No. 6 seed Hofstra at 3:00 pm in the opening round of the CAA Tournament in Harrisonburg, Va.
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