The College of Charleston baseball team is on a hot streak, and national pundits are taking notice.
The Cougars are beginning to re-emerge in some national rankings, including the NCBWA (No. 26) and Collegiate Baseball (No. 30) polls, and receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll and D1 Baseball polls.
Statistically, the Cougars are ranked 11th in batting average (.312), 13th in doubles per game (2.32), seventh in home runs (32), and 15th in slugging (.485).
Meanwhile, Junior ace Taylor Clarke and sophomore slugger Bradley Jones were named the CAA Pitcher and Player of the Week. Now eight weeks through the season, the College has garnered nine weekly honors.
Clarke earned his fifth honor of the season after allowing just four hits over 7.0 shutout innings in the College’s 8-0 victory over Hofstra on Friday. He struck out seven and didn’t issue a walk to improve to 6-1 with a 1.69 ERA for the year. In his past two starts against CAA foes, Clarke has given up just five hits over 13.2 shutout innings while fanning 17 with no walks.
Jones batted .571 (8-for-14) with a double, three homers, six runs scored and seven RBI in CofC’s 4-0 week. The sophomore went deep in three consecutive games and had at least one hit, one run and one RBI in all four contests. He was 3-for-5 and drove in four in a 10-0 victory at USC Upstate and followed by going 3-for-4 in an 8-0 win over Hofstra. Jones had a .647 on base percentage and slugged 1.286 for the week.