College of Charleston Cougars baseball

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Charleston Cougars
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Founded 1991
University College of Charleston
Conference CAA
Location Charleston, SC
Head coach Matt Heath (1st year)
Home stadium CofC Baseball Stadium at Patriot's Point
(Capacity: 2,000)
Nickname Cougars
NCAA Regional Champions
2006, 2014
NCAA Tournament appearances
2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015
Conference tournament champions
SoCon: 2006
CAA: 2014
For information on all College of Charleston sports, see College of Charleston Cougars

The Charleston Cougars baseball team is a varsity intercollegiate athletic team of the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, United States.[1] The team is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. The team plays its home games at CofC Baseball Stadium at Patriot's Point in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The Cougars are currently coached by Matt Heath, who had previously served as Charleston's pitching coach and was a former LSU player.

History[edit]

The College of Charleston baseball team has been a member of NCAA Division I since 1991. The Cougars have won five regular season conference titles and two conference tournament championships, one in the Southern Conference (2006) and one in the Colonial Athletic Association (2014). The Cougars have appeared in the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament seven times, most recently in 2015. They have advanced to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament twice (2006, 2014), accounting for their deepest postseason run. The Cougars swept the 2006 Lexington Regional and the 2014 Gainesville Regional, before falling to Georgia Tech and Texas Tech, respectively.

From 2009 until 2015, the Cougars were coached by Monte Lee, a former player for Charleston. During Lee's tenure at CofC, the Cougars went 276–145, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in four of Lee's six seasons. Lee coached three players that were drafted in the first five rounds in the MLB Draft: Taylor Clarke (3rd RD, 2015), Carl Wise (4th RD, 2015) and Heath Hembree (5th RD, 2010), who reached the MLB in 2013. Lee left Charleston after the 2015 season to take the same position with the Clemson Tigers.

Charleston has produced 27 college All-Americans and 62 professional players, including Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees. Since 2004, the College of Charleston has the 13th best winning percentage in all of Division I baseball.[2]

Year-by-year results[edit]

Charleston's history since joining Division I in 1991.[3]

Cougars Yearly Records
Year Overall Record Conference Record Accomplishments
1991 22–12–1 Ind
1992 16–29 2–19 (TAAC)
1993 18–24 9–9 (TAAC)
1994 27–21 7–11 (TAAC)
1995 17–29 8–22 (TAAC)
1996 28–23 8–10 (TAAC)
1997 25–29–1 7–11 (TAAC)
1998 31–26 9–9 (TAAC)
1999 31–24 19–10 (SoCon)
2000 28–28–1 14–15–1 (SoCon)
2001 24–28 10–16 (SoCon)
2002 36–22 19–11 (SoCon)
2003 31–27 17–13 (SoCon)
2004 47–16 25–5 (SoCon) SoCon Regular Season Champions, NCAA Regional
2005 48–15 27–3 (SoCon) SoCon Regular Season Champions, NCAA Regional
2006 46–17 20–7 (SoCon) SoCon Tournament Champions, NCAA Super Regional
2007 39–19 20–7 (SoCon) SoCon Regular Season Champions
2008 39–20 19–8 (SoCon)
2009 35–22 17–13 (SoCon)
2010 44–19 22–8 (SoCon) NCAA Regional
2011 39–22 18–12 (SoCon)
2012 38–22 21–9 (SoCon) SoCon Regular Season Champions, NCAA Regional
2013 31–26 17–13 (SoCon)
2014 44–19 15–6 (CAA) CAA Tournament Champions, NCAA Super Regional
2015 45–15 21–3 (CAA) CAA Regular Season Champions, NCAA Regional
2016 31–25-1 12-12 (CAA)

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

Charleston has appeared in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship seven times, most recently in 2015 when the Cougars lost in the Tallahassee Regional final to Florida State. Charleston's overall record in the NCAA Tournament is 14–14.

Year Seed Round Opponents Results
2004 #3 Baton Rouge Regional #2 Southern Mississippi
#4 Army
#2 Southern Mississippi
#1 LSU
L 6–5
W 2–1
W 7–3
L 11–3
2005 #2 Clemson Regional #3 Oral Roberts
#1 Clemson
#3 Oral Roberts
W 5–2
L 6–0
L 6–0
2006 #2 Lexington Regional #3 Notre Dame
#4 Ball State
#1 Kentucky
W 5–4
W 11–0
W 7–4
2006 #2 Atlanta Super Regional #1 Georgia Tech L 5–0
L 12–3
2010 #2 Myrtle Beach Regional #3 NC State
#1 Coastal Carolina
#1 Coastal Carolina
#1 Coastal Carolina
W 9–6
W 16–6
L 8–7
L 11–10
2012 #3 Gainesville Regional #2 Georgia Tech
#4 Bethune-Cookman
#2 Georgia Tech
L 8–4
W 8–2
L 3–0
2014 #4 Gainesville Regional #1 Florida
#2 Long Beach State
#2 Long Beach State
W 3–2
W 6–3
W 4–2
2014 #4 Lubbock Super Regional #1 Texas Tech L 1–0
L 1–0
2015 #2 Tallahassee Regional #3 Auburn
#1 Florida State
#3 Auburn
#1 Florida State
W 7–6
L 3–2
W 3–2
L 8–1

(Bold indicates furthest advancement.)

Major League Baseball[edit]

The College of Charleston has had 54 Major League Baseball Draft selections since the draft began in 1965.[4] In 2015, pitcher Taylor Clarke eclipsed outfielder Brett Gardner as the highest Charleston player ever drafted, as Clarke was the first pick of the third round (76th overall) which bested Gardner's 109th overall selection in the third round of 2005.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "College of Charleston Cougars". d1baseball.com. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  2. ^ "Charleston Baseball Record Book 2015" (PDF). CofCSports. 
  3. ^ "College of Charleston 2014 Baseball Reference Book". CofCSports.com. 
  4. ^ "MLB Amateur Draft Picks who came from "College of Charleston (Charleston, SC)"". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-07-05. 
  5. ^ "Taylor Clarke Becomes @CofCBaseball’s Highest-Ever Draft Pick". CofCSports. 

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