ORANGEBURG, SC April 15, 2013 – The College of Charleston softball team will make the short trek up I-26 to take on intrastate foe South Carolina State in a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.
South Carolina State(16-18) @ College of Charleston (24-16)
Tuesday, April 16 • 1 p.m. (doubleheader)
The Cougars storm into the game as winners of five straight as well of nine of their last 10 after a crucial series sweep of Chattanooga this past weekend. Over the five-game win streak, CofC has beat it opponents by a combined score of 37-6 by batting .406 as a team and posting a staff ERA of 1.31.
The Cougars had to rally from behind in both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader with UTC, but walked away with 3-2 and 12-2 victories. The Cougars culminated the series sweep on Sunday with a nine-hit effort and shutdown pitching to cruise to a 6-0 victory.
CofC is now batting .279 collectively and averaging over four runs per game this season. The Cougars have done well recently in scoring early which has been important all season. CofC is 11-3 when scoring in the first inning of games and 17-3 when they score before their opponents, while just 7-13 when the opponent scores first.
Allison Pedigo (Scottsville, Ky.) has been hitting as well as anyone recently and now boasts a team-best .361 batting average as she has become a regular fixture in the lineup. Last week alone, the sophomore batted .545 (6-for-11) on the week with a team-high 8 RBIs. She drove in all three runs of CofC’s 3-2 win over Chattanooga in game one on Saturday, then followed that effort by going 4-for-4 in game two. In the series finale on Sunday, she hit a bases-loaded double in the first inning which cleared the bases and pushed CofC towards the win.
Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) is the team RBI leader with 28 and batting .345 on the season with 10 homeruns and 21 extra-base hits. She and Pedigo are both responsible for a wealth of run production this season with on-base plus slugging (OPS) over the 1.000 mark.
Freshman Chandler Frisbie (Lawrenceville, Ga.) is batting .319 on the year with 24 RBIs already, the second best mark on the team.
Senior Ashton Jarrett (Hanahan, S.C.) comes into the game riding a 12-game hit streak.
Both Hope Klicker (Walla Walla, Wash.) and Stephanie Saylors (Easley, S.C.) were dominant in the circle last week, as was freshman Valerie Cassell (Edison, N.J.) who got her first career start in the circle against North Carolina Central and pitched a highly effective four innings in which she scattered three hits and struck out five.
Klicker and Saylors combined to go 4-0 in their four starts and game up 18 hits in 25 innings with only four runs scored.