Saylors limits Wagner to four hits in sixth-straight win for the Cougars
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The College of Charleston softball team came from behind to beat Wagner, 3-2, in what would turn out to be its final game of the Cougar Classic. CofC’s night game versus Charleston Southern was canceled in the bottom of the first inning because of a light outage at Patriots Point.
The Charleston Southern game will start from scratch when it is reinserted back into the schedule at a to-be-determined date. In addition, Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Buccaneers has also been washed due to likely weather conditions.
In the Wagner contest, CofC (6-3) fell into a hole after a first-inning two-run homerun for the Seahawks. Cougar pitcher Stephanie Saylors (Easley, S.C.) bore down to keep the deficit manageable and received late run support from her offense. Saylors went the distance and improves to 3-0 in the pitching circle this season.
The Cougar bats were paced by Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) and Chandler Frisbie (Lawrenceville, Ga.) who were both 2-for-3 on the day with an RBI apiece. Rebecca Mueller (Fair Oaks, Calif.) provided an RBI as well.
The Cougars fell into the early hole after a single by Brenda Bott backed up by a two-run home run from Kristen Matteoni in the top of the first inning.
Saylors would settle in after giving up the long ball and only surrender two hits and one walk the rest of the way. The run support finally came in the fourth inning once the Cougars managed to string hits together.
After Wagner starting pitcher Olivia Zwick picked up two quick outs and was nursing a one hitter, Hodgson doubled into right center which sparked a Cougar rally. Frisbie then singled back up the middle which brought Hodgson around to score. Mueller followed suit with a double into left field with Frisbie coming around to score to make it 2-2.
The Cougars manufactured the winning run in the sixth inning with Ashton Jarrett (Hanahan, S.C.) drawing a leadoff walk and taking second on a sacrifice bunt execution by. Mackenzie Maples (Corona, Calif.). Hodgson then hammered one through the left side of the infield to bring Jarrett to the plate.
The leadoff hitter for Wagner reached in the seventh, but Hodgson made a quick snag on a liner to third base and doubled off the runner to put Saylors in position to earn the win.
By the time the dust settled, Saylors struck out as many hits as she gave up with four in each category.
With the win, CofC rolls to its sixth-straight victory. The squad returns to action when it hosts No. 4 Tennessee in a single game at 3 p.m.