June 2, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Wildcats are looking to bounce back from the tough opening round loss to Florida with the game two matchup against College on Charleston on Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars will prove to be a tough matchup for B-CU after their 8-4 loss, Friday to Georgia Tech. CofC is a big hitting team with solid pitching, making their fifth appearance in an NCAA Regional. The Wildcats are in their 15th NCAA appearance.

The Cougars (37-20) are led at the plate by Marty Gantt, who tops the team with a .377 batting average, in addition to 46 RBI, 11 homers, and 19 doubles. Brandon Murray isn’t too far behind, batting .332 and leading the team in home runs, with 41 RBI and 10 doubles of his own. CofC has six batters with double-digit doubles and three with more than 10 home runs. Five batters are over the 40-RBI mark.

A tough team, but the regular-season SoCon Co-Champions are beatable, and will need to respond to the pressure while facing elimination.

Taking the mound for CofC is Matt Pegler, making his 15th start of the season, boasting a 9-2 record and 2.92 ERA. In 80 innings, he’s collected 57 strikeouts and walked 20. Opponents bat .235 against him in 2012.

The Wildcats (24-26) took a no-hitter from UF, but are not a team to be held down for long. We look for Jason Beverlin’s squad to respond in a big way. David Lee, the team’s RBI leader (47) should have a big day for the Wildcats to be successful. McKethan Stadium is a double park, and he leads the team with 14. Getting back to Brashad Johnson’s consistency would go a long way, as he leads the team with .341 batting, consisted of 11 doubles, two triples, and a pair of homers, in addition to 34 RBI. With the wind blowing to left center, getting Anthony Stokes back on track would be huge, as he leads the team and MEAC with 10 home runs.

Starting for the Wildcats will be Montana Durapau, who has played outstandingly well over the past few weeks. His record belies the talent, at 4-6 with a 3.34 ERA, as he has faced some of the toughest competition of the season in the mid-week role. He has 66 strikeouts in 87 innings and opponents bat .234 against him.

The victor of the game will move on to play again Sunday, while the loser will be eliminated. The game will be webcast live on ESPN3, with coverage on GameTracker and on B-CU’s twitter.