MT. PLEASANT, SC April 2, 2013 – The College of Charleston softball team swept its Tuesday afternoon doubleheader with Canisius behind both shutdown pitching and prolific hitting at Patriots Point. Hope Klicker and Stephanie Saylors both threw complete game shutouts as the Cougar bats exploded for 22 hits across the 11-0 and 7-0 victories.
Klicker (Walla Walla, Wash.) allowed just two hits and three total base runners as she fanned six in game one, and Saylors (Easley, S.C.) limited the Griffins to six hits and struck out four in the game-two shutout.
Lizzy Vaughn (Placerville, Calif.) went 5-for-7 to pace the Cougar bats and scored three times. Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) and Rebecca Mueller (Fair Oaks, Calif.) both drove in three RBIs on the afternoon, and Carly Corthell (Reno, Nev.) belted her second homerun of the season to stretch CofC’s lead in game two.
Vaughn and Chandler Frisbie (Lawrenceville, Ga.) both extended hitting streaks to five games, and Hodgson extended her reaching-base streak to 13 games.
The Cougars reached their leadoff hitter in all but two innings of the doubleheader and didn’t have a single inning without reaching at least one runner.
Kristy Giragosian (Charlotte, N.C.) represented her jersey number in going 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs in game two.
CofC (17-15, 6-5 SoCon) returns to league play with a three game set at Samford on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: 11, CANISIUS: 0
The Cougars pounced on the Griffins early and often in game one, plating six runs across the first three innings before blowing it open with a five-run fourth which eventually brought on the run rule.
Vaughn led off the first with a single up the middle and took second on Ashton Jarrett’s (Hanahan, S.C.) sacrifice bunt execution. Hodgson then doubled to left center, Pedigo tripled to right and Mueller singled back up the middle to cap off the three-run first.
CofC went back to work in the second with a leadoff single from Mackenzie Maples (Corona, Calif.) and infield single from Vaughn, followed by a two-out, two-RBI double by Hodgson.
The Cougars added one more in the third which Giragosian initiated with a leadoff walk. Corthell then hit into a fielder’s choice which got Giragosian thrown out at second, but as the Griffins were getting the ball back into the pitching circle, Corthell caught them off guard and swiped second base. The heads-up play put her in position to score on an ensuing RBI single by Vaughn.
The Cougars hung up five runs in the fourth to put the game further out of reach and bring on the run rule. Hodgson led off with a walk, and the next three Cougars singled to score one run and load the bases. The Cougars then benefitted from a two-run throwing error, a run-scoring wild pitch and Zavala’s RBI sacrifice fly.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: 7, CANISIUS: 0
The Cougars picked up where they left off in the second game, and Vaughn again led off the first inning with a single and Jarrett sacrificed her over to second. After Hodgson was hit by a pitch, Pedigo smacked a groundball which proved to be too much for the Griffin to handle and Vaughn scored on the play.
The Cougar bats finally cooled off for a couple innings, but Corthell woke them back up with her two-run blast to make the score 3-0 in the fourth.
The Cougars sparked a two-out rally which put the game out of reach in the fifth inning. After two quick outs, Frisbie and Mueller sandwiched singles around a Pedigo walk, and Giragosian lined a triple off the top of the fence in right center to plate all three runs. Maples then doubled to bring Giragosian to the plate and cap off the Cougar scoring.