MT PLEASANT, S.C. --- Dupree Hart (Rock Hill, S.C.) drove in three runs, Chaz Davey (North Augusta, S.C.) plated two with a two-run bomb, and Griffin McLarty (Buckner, Ky.) struck out eight to lead the College of Charleston baseball team to a 9-0 shutout win over UNC Asheville in both teams’ season opener on Friday evening at Patriots Point.
College of Charleston (1-0) pushed across nine runs on 10 hits – three for extra bases – while holding UNC Asheville (0-1) to seven singles and a double. The Cougars plated a pair of runs with two outs, while batting .571 (4-for-7) with a runner on third and less than two outs.
Hart paced the offense with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Davey marked his first hit at The College with a fifth-inning two-run homer to left center. Harrison Hawkins (Bishopville, S.C.) reached base three times with two singles and a walk in his first game with the Cougars; fellow junior college transfer Chris Graham (Leland, N.C.) went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in his CofC debut.
Logan McRae (Florence, S.C.) and Danny Wondrack (Wall, N.J.) each drove in a run, and Cross Holfert (Laurinburg, N.C.) picked up a single and an RBI on a bases loaded walk in his first game at The College. Luke Stageberg (Greer, S.C.) added a pinch-hit single in the eighth.
McLarty got the ball in his season debut and pitched into the sixth, scattering four hits and striking out eight in five and two-thirds to earn his eighth career win. Steven Cook (Westminster, Md.) struck out three in a four-out debut. Tradd James (Sumter, S.C.) fanned the side in the seventh to mark his first appearance. Noah Hinzman (Greenwood, S.C.) tossed a scoreless ninth to close out the win.
Jacob Edward paced the Bulldogs with two hits, while Kole Harris collected UNC Asheville’s lone extra base hit with an eighth-inning double.
Jordan Carr surrendered four earned runs on six hits in five innings to take the loss. Greg Gasparro tossed a scoreless sixth, while Joe Sondock held the Cougars off the board in the eighth.