Cougars Finish Sweep of Western Carolina in Resounding 11-3 Win

Published: Apr. 23, 2023 at 7:25 PM EDT
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Charleston, S.C. - Cole Mathis turned in College of Charleston’s third quality start of the weekend tossing 7 shutout innings and the bats erupted for 11 runs to finish off a sweep of Western Carolina by an 11-3 final. Charleston posted at least three runs in three different innings and led 11-0 through seven complete for their 20th home win of the season. Khyree Miller and Trotter Harlan had three-hit afternoons while Harlan drove in 5 including a bases-clearing double in the seventh. Mathis tossed seven shutout innings and struck out six to go along with a 2-for-4, 3 RBI day at the plate.

Leading Off

Final Score: Charleston 11, Western Carolina 3

Location: Patriots Point

Records: Charleston (25-14), Western Carolina (15-23)

How It Happened

  • It didn’t take the Cougars long to pounce Sunday as Khyree Miller singled to bring home Cam Dean in the second then Cole Mathis brought Miller and Isaiah Rainge home for a 3-0 lead.
  • Three more came home in the fourth on a JT Marr sac fly and two-run single from Trotter Harlan - his first of five driven-in Sunday.
  • Joseph Merhson made it 5-0 Cougars through five innings singling home Tanner McCallister.
  • Mathis helped his own cause once again with an RBI single to score Khyree Miller in the seventh.
  • Harlan came within a few feet of a grand slam in the seventh but cleared the bases anyway making it 11-0 Cougars at the time. The bases-clearing double gave Harlan 5 RBI on the day, a new career-high for the senior outfielder.
  • Western Carolina would finally scratch the scoreboard in the eighth scoring two then adding one final tally in the ninth for the 11-3 final.


  • Cole Mathis made a perfect 3-for-3 in quality starts for the Charleston pitching staff tossing 7 shutout innings fanning six and walking just one for his fourth win.
  • At the plate, Mathis added two hits and 3 RBI to tie JT Marr for most mutli-hit games at 14.
  • Khyree Miller added three hits, three runs and an RBI to finish the weekend with five knocks including his first triple as a Cougar. Miller’s three hits Sunday were a season high and he scored three runs for the third time in a single game.
  • Trotter Harlan had a career-best 5 RBI capped by his seventh-inning, bases-clearing double. Harlan finished 3-for-4 on the day and added a walk to go with his 5 RBI.
  • Charleston’s win finished off back-to-back weekend sweeps and gave them 20 home wins.
  • Charleston also now leads the all-time series with Western Carolina 40-18 behind their three wins over the weekend.

Up Next

Charleston heads to Statesboro Tuesday night for a matchup with Georgia Southern in their lone midweek contest. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.