MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The College of Charleston softball team will make the short trek to Charleston Southern to take on the Buccaneers in a doubleheader at CSU Softball Field on Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
CofC comes into the games after splitting a weather-shortened Southern Conference series with first-place Georgia Southern last weekend. The teams split the Saturday doubleheader after a five-hour rain delay, and Sunday’s series finale was completely washed out due to the rains.
The Eagles eked out a 2-1 win in a nine-inning first game, but Chandler Frisbie (Lawrenceville, Ga.) drove in three runs and scored twice to account for all the runs in CofC’s bounce-back 4-3 victory.
Stephanie Saylors (Easley, S.C.) earned the game two victory after going six innings and striking out eight. Valerie Cassell (Edison, N.J.) earned her first career save after entering the game in the seventh and working the Cougars out of a jam.
Frisbie belted her second career homer to put CofC up early in game two, and later scored again in the fourth and drove in her third RBI in the fifth to add to the Cougar lead. The insurance runs would prove necessary as the Eagles mounted a comeback effort late, but Cassell – with the help of some strong defensive plays – thwarted the effort.
Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) went long in game number one, and the Cougars got several dazzling run-preventing plays out of shortstop Lizzy Vaughn (Placerville, Calif.) who ended the day with 10 assists and three putouts.
Hodgson now leads the team offensively with a .357 batting average, .786 slugging percentage, 21 RBIs and seven home runs. Frisbie is batting .338 with a .500 slugging percentage.
SCOUTING THE BUCCANEERS
CSU has been plagued by injuries this season, and because of it has suffered to a 5-25 record on the year. The Lady Bucs are currently in a nine-game losing skid with their last win coming on March 11 against Bethune-Cookman.
Over the weekend, they dropped three to Big South rival Winthrop, dropping to 0-6 in league play. CSU couldn’t find a way to silence the Winthrop bats en route to 7-2, 9-3 and 4-3 losses.
On the year, Marci Christian paces the bats with a .371 average along with 23 RBIs and seven home runs. Stephanie Sbardella is having a productive season as well, batting .346 on the year while Trea Steele is lurking just under the .300 mark at .299.
The troubles for CSU have mostly come in the pitching circle, however, as the staff combines for a 5.18 ERA with their opponents batting .305. They’ve surrendered 28 home runs on the year and walked more than they’ve struck out (119-104) while allowing 247 hits.
FOLLOW THE COUGARS
Another great way of keeping up with the CofC softball team is through the team’s own Twitter account (@CofCSoftball). The account provides pictures, team activities, statuses when the team is on the road and in-game thoughts and updates.