TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012
Baseball shut out by College of Charleston
Sophomore Taylor Ratliff had one of JU's two hits.
Sophomore Taylor Ratliff had one of JU's two hits.
Four College of Charleston pitchers combined to throw a two-hit shutout in a 7-0 win against the JU baseball team on Tuesday at John Sessions Stadium.

Ryan West, Kyle Ownings and Dre Watts sat down the first 24 Dolphins (2-6) hitters to help set up the Cougars (6-1)victory. Senior Matt Frank and sophomore Taylor Ratliff had hits in the ninth to break up the no-hitter, but David Peterson left a runner on third to secure the win.

West’s (1-0) six perfect innings and four strikeouts gave him the win in his first start. JU senior Steven Eagerton (0-2) took his second straight loss, allowing three runs on five hits and three strikeouts in seven innings.

“I tip my hat to their pitching staff tonight,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “They kept us off balanced all game. We need to find an offensive rhythm with our lineup so we can set ourselves up with a better shot at winning games.”

Daniel Aldrich went 2-for-5 with three RBI to lead the Cougars offense. Bradley Goodson, Marty Gantt and Tyler Jackson also finished with multiple hits.

West and Eagerton matched each other through the first two innings by retiring the first six batters. Eagerton sat down the first two in the third inning before allowing a two-out walk to Gunnar Heidt. Goodson followed with a double to plate Heidt before scoring in the next at-bat on a single from Gantt.

In JU’s third inning, West sat down the first two hitters he faced. Junior Jake Huxtable had a sharp grounder up the middle, but Heidt made a diving stop and threw him out at first base.

Gantt opened the sixth inning with a single though the left side. Eagerton got two quick outs, but Jackson doubled to left field to plate Gantt for the 3-0 lead.

With two outs in the sixth inning, Huxtable came up and fouled a ball to left field near the C. Peter Cost Pavilion. Cody Martin raced to the line and made sliding catch just inches from the fence to keep the perfect game bid alive.

Aldrich extended the College of Charleston lead to 7-0 lead with a three-run home run in the ninth inning.

Peterson toed the rubber with only three outs away from a perfect game, but Frank broke it up with a leadoff infield single to shortstop. Sophomore Jimmy Appleby came up to pinch hit and was walked. After a groundout moved both runners up, Ratliff followed with slow single up the third base line. Frank got thrown out at home in a run down, but Appleby advanced to third. Peterson got freshman Alex McRae out in the next at-bat to quash any comeback.

The Dolphins continue the current home stand at John Sessions Stadium on Friday with Florida A&M at 6:30 p.m. They will wrap the series with the Rattlers on Saturday at 1 p.m.