Cougars win ninth game in 10 chances on ample hitting and dominant pitching
MT. PLEASANT, SC April 14, 2013 – The College of Charleston softball team cruised to a 6-0 victory to complete a Southern Conference sweep of Chattanooga at Patriots Point on Sunday afternoon. The Cougar bats sprung for nine hits and Hope Klicker was dominant in the complete-game shutout.
CofC (24-16, 11-6 SoCon) has now won nine of their last ten by a combined score of 63-13.
“Things are really coming together for this team,” said head coach Shelly Hoerner. “I’m especially proud of them to battle the way we did against a very good Chattanooga team.
“You play together, you work hard during practice, you get to know each other; and this team is continuing to work together to become successful. This was a really great three wins. This team really understands that it’s about the entire team and picking each other up and that’s been pretty neat to see.”
Junior centerfielder Carly Corthell (Reno, Nev.) paced the Cougar bats in going 3-for-3 on the day. Allison Pedigo (Scottsville, Ky.) continued to swing a hot bat and drove in four runs.
Klicker (Walla Walla, Wash.) notched her 14th complete game of the season and scattered seven hits while striking out four hitters. Klicker did well under pressure and in working out of jams, causing the Mocs to strand 10 base runners.
CofC started immediately with Ashton Jarrett (Hanahan, S.C.) leading off the first with a single down the leftfield line to extend her hitting streak to 12 games. Lizzy Vaughn (Placerville, Calif.) laid down a sacrifice bunt and the defense elected to go to second to get Jarrett, but the senior’s speed was too much and the first two Cougars were aboard. Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) then drew a walk to load the bases, and two batters later Pedigo doubled to right center to score everybody and the Cougars led 3-0.
The Cougars proceeded to tack on one run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to stretch their lead and ultimately put it out of reach.
In the third, Hodgson singled and scored from second on a Mackenzie Maples (Corona, Calif.) RBI single.
The fourth inning saw Corthell lead off with a single through the right side to initiate a bases-loaded rally, and she later trotted home when Pedigo drew a four-pitch walk.
Rebecca Mueller (Fair Oaks, Calif.) doubled to right center to lead off the fifth, and the freshman took third on a Corthell single two batters later. Jarrett then bounced a ball towards third base, and when the throw went across the infield for the out at first, Mueller darted home and slid head-first to make the score 6-0, the ultimate final.
The Cougars take to the road for a doubleheader at South Carolina State on Tuesday, April 16. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.