CofC continues Classic action with a pair of games on Saturday
MT. PLEASANT, SC Feb. 15, 2013 – The College of Charleston softball team fell, 6-0, to James Madison in the season opener as part of the CofC Classic at Patriots Point on Friday evening. The Cougars fell behind early and were plagued by five stranded runners in the first two frames.
After three-run JMU first and fifth innings, CofC (0-1) lacked the timely hitting it needed to get back in the game.
Freshman Jailyn Ford was the star for the Dukes in her first career start, limiting CofC to four hits in a complete-game effort. She also notched five RBIs with her bat by way of a pair of homeruns.
After a pair of singles in the top half of the first, Ford sent a towering two-run shot over the fence in left to hurry the Dukes out to a 3-0 lead.
The Cougars looked to retaliate in the bottom half after Carly Corthell (Reno, Nev.) singled up the middle and Mackenzie Maples (Corona, Calif.) and Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) drew free passes to load the bases with one out. The Cougars couldn’t put the ball in play for the rest of the inning in order to cut into the lead.
Cougar starting pitcher Hope Klicker (Walla Walla, Wash.) hastily worked through the top of the second inning and the Cougars looked to get back to work with the bats in the bottom half. Kristy Giragosian (Charlotte, N.C.) and Ashton Jarrett (Hanahan, S.C.) extended the inning with one-out singles, but wouldn’t get any further.
CofC would fail to reach another base runner until the sixth inning, and Ford put the game further out of reach with a three-run shot to straight-away center in the fifth inning.
Freshman Valerie Cassell (Edison, N.J.) entered the pitching circle for the Cougars in the fifth inning and was highly effective in her collegiate debut. After allowing her first runner to reach, she retired the next five batters she faced by herself by way of three strikeouts and two ground balls back at her.
The Cougars continue play in the Classic with a pair of games on Saturday. CofC is slated to face East Tennessee State at 2 p.m. and Syracuse immediately afterwards.