Cougars stay hot with doubleheader sweep of Coastal Carolina
|Game One Box|
|Game Two Box|
MYRTLE BEACH, SC April 23, 2013 – The College of Charleston softball team swept a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader with Coastal Carolina to claim 11-straight victories and 15 in their last 16 games. The Cougars outlasted the Chanticleers for a 2-1 victory in a game-one pitchers’ duel; and followed with an all-around effort which resulted in a 9-0 victory.
Hope Klicker (Walla Walla, Wash.) was dominant and pitched the Cougars through the game one pitchers’ duel. The left-handed sophomore went the distance in the contest and struck out four while limiting the Chants to two hits.
Kristy Giragosian (Charlotte, N.C.) went 2-for-3 in the first game and drove in both of CofC’s runs on a two-out, bases-loaded double in the fourth inning.
After being held to four hits in game one, the Cougar offense exploded for nine runs on eight hits to bring on the eight-run rule in the second game.
Five players combined for the eight Cougar hits, but Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) led the way in going 3-for-3 with three RBIs. She blew the game open with her 14th homerun of the season and 33rd of her career in the second inning.
While the run support was certainly appreciated by game-two pitcher Stephanie Saylors (Easley, S.C.), the right-handed senior proved it to be unnecessary as she limited the Chants to two hits and three total base runners in the complete-game shutout.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: 2, COASTAL CAROLINA: 1
Base runners were scarce in game one as both pitchers effectively worked through their opposing lineups in the early going.
Chandler Frisbie (Lawrenceville, Ga.) drove a one-out single through the left side of the infield, and then the Cougars quietly loaded the bases on an Allison Pedigo (Scottsville, Ky.) walk and hit batsman in the top of the fourth.
With two outs in the frame, Giragosian barreled a 1-2 offering to the fence in left center and Frisbie and Pedigo came around to score the first runs of the game.
A leadoff homer from Coastal’s Morgan Noad cut the deficit in half in the fifth, but that would ultimately become Coastal’s final base runner as Klicker recorded the final nine outs consecutively en route to the win and her 16th complete game of the season.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: 9, COASTAL CAROLINA: 0
The Cougar bats were much more prolific in the second game as CofC surged for its nine runs while only stranding three runners.
The Cougars loaded the bases with their first three batters of the second inning on a fielding error, hit batsmen and empty fielder’s choice in which the Chants unsuccessfully tried to get the lead runner at third base.
The Chants then looked to get out of the inning unscathed after a strikeout and force-out at the plate, but Ashton Jarrett (Hanahan, S.C.) eked out an infield single when she hit a grounder to the right side of the infield and beat all the defenders to first base which allowed the game’s first run to cross.
That quickly shifted the momentum back towards the Cougars as the next batter, Lizzy Vaughn (Placerville, Calif.), doubled down the left field line to score three runs and Hodgson crushed a ball well over the fence in right center and the score was suddenly 6-0.
CofC tacked on three more in the next inning which Carly Corthell (Reno, Nev.) led off with a double into right center field. The junior took third on a groundout and scored on a squeeze bunt executed by Vaughn which the defense couldn’t handle.
Vaughn stole second base, and two singles by Hodgson and Mackenzie Maples (Corona, Calif.) both moved runs across the plate.
After surrendering an infield single and a walk in the first, Saylors pitched the second, third and fourth innings perfectly and didn’t allow another baserunner until a fifth-inning single.