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      Seattle picks Zokan in the 9th round

      CHARLESTON, S.C. - College of Charleston senior LHP Jake Zokan was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the ninth round (267 overall) of the 2013 MLB Entry Draft.

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      A native of Columbia, S.C., Zokan led the Cougars pitching staff in 2013 with a 2.85 ERA and a 4-3 record. He recorded a team-high 80 strikeouts in 79 innings pitched and allowed just 15 walks. His strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.33 ranked 32nd in the nation and second in the SoCon behind teammate Matt Pegler.

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      Bolstered by Zokan's efforts in the starting rotation, the Cougar pitching staff led the Southern Conference in ERA (2.40), opposing batting average (.264) and fewest walks allowed (167).

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      Zokan's final career outing was a gem in a pitcher's duel defeat in the SoCon Tournament against Georgia Southern. He allowed just two runs on a home run in the first inning, but then recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts and no more runs over 6.2 innings.

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      Despite missing most of the 2012 season with an injury, Zokan finished his career with an ERA of 3.95 and an 11-6 record.

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      Zokan's selection in the ninth round by the Mariners marks the fourth consecutive season, and eighth in the last 11, that College of Charleston has had a player drafted in the first 10 rounds of the MLB Entry Draft.

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