MYRTLE BEACH, SC April 22, 2013 – The College of Charleston softball team is set for a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader at Coastal Carolina in which the Cougars will be seeking their 11th straight win and 13th in 14 contests.
OUT OF THE BOX
The red-hot Cougars have posted 13 wins in their last 14 games and outscored their opponents by a lopsided 89-15 edge in those games. CofC has shined both offensively and defensively as of late, posting a .346 batting average while the pitching staff has combined for a 1.00 ERA in the month of April.
Most recently, the Cougars claimed both ends of a doubleheader against Savannah State with at least eight hits in both contests which led to 8-0 and 8-2 victories.
Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) homered in both games – a grand slam and a three-run blast – as the junior slugger was 3-for-6 on the day with eight RBIs.
Hope Klicker (Walla Walla, Wash.) threw a complete game shutout in game one while striking out six and scattering four hits.
Stephanie Saylors (Easley, S.C.) retired the first 11 hitters of game two in order and earned the win after going four innings with three strikeouts and just two hits. Valerie Cassell (Edison, N.J.) relieved her and allowed just two hits the rest of the way.
On the season, Hodgson is batting .347 which paces CofC’s everyday players. The junior now has 32 homeruns in her career, the second most all-time for a CofC player. Amanda Cone set the record of 42 career long balls in 2004.
SCOUTING THE CHANTICLEERS
Coastal is also enjoying recent success as the Chants have strung together six straight wins and are coming off a Big South series sweep of rival Presbyterian. The Chants took both games in Saturday’s doubleheader before exploding for a season-high 14 runs in a 14-2 series finale on Sunday.
Coastal racked up 14 hits off of three Presbyterian pitchers, with Kory Hayden going 3-for-3 to lead the way. Jessie Winans hit a three-run homer, while Cacia Pierre and Paige Goldsack each had two hits and two RBIs. Bri Chiusano added two hits.
Kiana Quolas earned Big South Pitcher of the Week honors in a week which she earned five victories in the circle and also hit two game-winning home runs.
Quolas helped Coastal Carolina go undefeated in six games, notching a 5-0 record and 1.08 ERA to earn her fourth conference Pitcher of the Week honor of the season. She won all three of her starts and notched two victories in relief while allowing just four earned runs, striking out 21 and walking only seven in 26 innings. She tossed seven-inning complete-games against UNC Wilmington and Presbyterian, and surrendered just one earned run in eight total innings of relief versus Charleston Southern and UNCW.
The Chants are batting .271 as a team this season led by Pierre who has posted a .361 mark so far this season.
Hayden Kory leads the team with 36 RBIs from the middle of the lineup and also has a team-best 13 homers.
Quolas has done the majority of the work in the pitching circle and has a 1.95 ERA through 176.1 innings thrown. She has a 19-9 record through 32 appearances.