Cougars put down Towson and Akron
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. –The College of Charleston softball team finished the CofC Classic in style with a pair of wins over Towson and Akron at Patriots Point on Sunday afternoon. The Cougars eked a 1-0 win of a pitcher’s duel with Towson and then brought the bats to life in a convincing, 5-0 win over Akron in the tournament finale.
CofC (2-3) got complete-game shutouts out of Hope Klicker (Walla Walla, Wash.) and Stephanie Saylors (Easley, S.C.) who were both extremely effective on the day.
Klicker had to be near perfect in order to earn a win in the Cougars’ first game against Towson, as she and her Towson counterpart Katie Lingmai had complete command over the opposing offenses. CofC was limited to one hit in the contest but fully capitalized on it for the game’s lone run.
Saylors was given a little more breathing room as the Cougars jumped on the Zips early with four runs in the first two frames.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: 1, TOWSON: 0
In the Cougars’ first game, neither team had a solution for the quality pitching on display. The Cougars were held hitless until the bottom of the sixth inning, but that didn’t prevent them from creating quality chances.
In the second, Chandler Frisbie (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Lexi Murdock (Clifton, Va.) and Lizzy Vaughn (Placerville, Calif.) all drew walks to load up the bases, but Lingmai worked her way out of the jam to keep the game scoreless.
In the fifth, Vaughn again walked and a throwing error put runners on second and third, but Lingmai again was able to limit the damage.
The Cougars finally broke through in the next inning when Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) led off with a smash to center which the ballpark was barely able to contain, and the junior trotted in to second for a stand-up double.
Frisbie executed a sacrifice bunt to advance Hodgson to third, and then Rebecca Mueller (Fair Oaks, Calif.) hit a sharp grounder in the direction of the second baseman. Hodgson feigned as if she was going to score to draw a throw to the plate, and then retreated to third to allow Mueller to reach first safely.
Allison Pedigo (Scottsville, Ky.) entered the game as a pinch hitter and drew a two-out walk to load the bases. She was then pinch ran for by Jordan Trgovac (Green Bay, Wisc.).
Another grounder was then sprayed towards second base and Trgovac alertly temporarily screened the second baseman as she passed by which left the second baseman unable to make a play and the game-winning run to cross the plate.
Klicker held the Tigers to four hits and struck out seven. She displayed impeccable control as she limited herself to a highly-efficient 87 pitches with an astonishing 72 (82.75 percent) finding the strike zone.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: 5, AKRON: 0
The Cougars rolled the momentum of the win over to their next game and enjoyed early success at the plate.
Carly Corthell (Reno, Nev.) led off the game with a single up the middle and Mackenzie Maples (Corona, Calif.) doubled to left which allowed the speedy Corthell to come around to score, marking the first time the Cougars scored before the third inning this season. Hodgson then singled up the middle to score Maples and put the Cougars up 2-0.
The Cougars then benefitted from some sloppy Akron fielding in the second inning. Thanks in part to a pair of Zip errors, a Maples single allowed Kristy Giragosian (Charlotte, N.C.) and Ashton Jarrett (Hanahan, S.C.) to score in the inning.
In the fifth, Hodgson led off with a stand-up triple to the right-field fence, and Mueller singled back up the middle to make the score 5-0, the ultimate final.
Saylors struck out four in the game while walking just two in seven innings of work to earn a win in her first decision of the season.
The Cougars return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 19 when they play host to South Carolina State in an afternoon doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.
CofC hosts another full slated-tournament at Patriots Point next weekend.