The week has been tough to the College of Charleston softball team, as the Cougars suffered two losses at the hands of Charleston Southern.
The Buccaneers wasted no time getting on the board on Wednesday’s first game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first against CofC pitcher Stephanie Saylors (Easley, SC). However, despite this early lead, CSU’s offense remained stymied for the next three innings, allowing a solo home run by Mackenzie Maples (Corona, CA) to edge the College forward in hopes of evening the match. A two run hit from CSU in the sixth proved insurmountable though, and the College was forced to concede defeat with a score of 6-1.
The team looked to make a comeback in the second game of the day, even taking an early lead thanks to a solo home run by Lizzy Vaughn (Placerville, CA) in the first and building upon that in the second with a solo homer by Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, GA). The Buccaneers quickly evened it up in the bottom of the second with two runs of their own, but the College fought back. The Cougars reclaimed the lead with a single by Amanda Lonergran (Pembrooke Pines, FL) brining in Carly Corthell (Reno, NV), making the score 3-2. CSU matched this quickly as well with a run of their own in the fourth. For an inning and a half the score remained dead locked, though CSU was ultimately able to walk away with another victory thanks to an explosive sixth inning where the team managed three more runs, finishing the game at 6-3.
The weekend SoCon series featured UNC-Greensboro, with the double header getting under way on Saturday, Apr 21st. CofC pitcher Saylors and UNCG pitcher Mattson kept the game completely shut down for the first four innings, with only three hits allowed across all the innings. In the bottom of the fifth the Cougars finally broke through, with a hit by Hodgson brining in two runners and making the score 2-0. Though the game seemed assured, the Spartans weren’t going without a fight, and managed five runs in the top of the sixth, largely in thanks to a home run scored. With this the scoring finished for the game, making it a win for the Spartans at 5-2.
The second game of the day saw the Cougars finally get their due. Once again the game remained completely locked for the first four innings, with the first runs coming from the Cougars in the fifth with a double by Hodgson and a single by Lonergan bringing in a run a piece, making the score 2-0. Here, however, is where the similarities end, as pitcher Hope Klicker (Walla Walla, WA) resolutely kept the Spartans off the scoreboard, allowing the College to walk away with the 2-0 win.
Sunday should have seen the deciding game played, but the game was cancelled due to the rain that plagued Charleston and Mount Pleasant. The team won’t play again until May 5th against Elon in an away match up.