St. James grad Heidt leads Cougars to NCAA Regional

cofcbase-heidt2South Carolina infielder Tanner English isn’t the only St. James High graduate leading their team into the NCAA Tournament this week.

Former Sharks teammate Gunnar Heidt is leading The College of Charleston into the NCAA Regionals. The Cougars (41-17) will be traveling to Gainesville, Fla., to compete as the No. 4 seed in the regional against host Florida (40-21), second-seeded Long Beach State (32-24) and third-seeded North Carolina (34-25).

The Cougars earned an automatic bid to the tournament by winning the CAA Tournament in Charleston’s first year in the league. The Cougars swept last week’s tournament with a win over host UNCW and two wins over top-seeded offensive juggernaut William & Mary.

Heidt, a junior infielder for the Cougars, played a major role in helping the Cougars returns to the NCAAs. He leads the team in batting (.335), on-base percentage (.417) and stolen bases (15), is second in slugging (.482), runs scored (39) and RBIs (30) and is third in hits (55), home runs (4) and total bases (79).

Regional play begins on Friday, as the Cougars take on the Gators at 7 p.m. College of Charleston will be making its sixth regional appearance in the last 11 seasons, and third NCAA run in head coach Monte Lee’s six seasons.

Photo courtesy of C of C Athletics

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