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          Release: 04/09/2012
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ORANGEBURG, S.C. - The College of Charleston softball team ends an eight-game home stand when the Cougars play a doubleheader at South Carolina State on Tuesday, April 10 starting at 1 p.m.

College of Charleston (26-13) at South Carolina State (11-21) 
Tuesday, April 10 • 1 p.m. (doubleheader)
Orangeburg, S.C.

The Cougars storm into the game as winners of nine straight as well as 16 of their last 18 contests. Over the nine-game win streak, the Cougars are batting .314 as a team and outscoring their opponents 55-8.

CofC is coming off a three-game sweep of Furman in which the Cougars didn't allow the Paladins a single run. The Cougars swept the doubleheader with a pair of 4-0 wins and then outlasted Furman for a 1-0 win in the series finale.

Stephanie Saylors (Easley, S.C.) was just named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the week for a league-best third time this season. In her 14 innings of work last week, Saylors sat down 15 hitters on strikes and only allowed six hits as she kept the Paladins completely off the scoreboard for a 0.00 ERA.

Saylors has now thrown complete games in her last 10 consecutive outings and has only allowed four total runs in her last 49 innings of work.

Her consistency has anchored the CofC pitching corps which now boasts the best team ERA in the SoCon at 1.95. The Cougars are second in the league in fielding percentage (.961) and third in batting average (.283).

On the season, Ashton Jarrett (Hanahan, S.C.) is leading the Cougars with a .337 batting average. She's shown her speed this season with team highs in bunt singles (11) and stolen bases (10).

Jarrett is second on the team to Carly Corthell (Reno, Nev.) in sacrifice bunts this season. The Cougars have been effective in executing the sacrifice bunt and have 52 this season, 20 more than the next closest team in the league. Corthell has laid down 10 sacrifice bunts herself which is a SoCon best as well.

Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) leads the team in RBIs this season with a total of 24. She paces five other Cougars with double-digit RBI figures. Hodgson has also hit a team-high seven home runs. She and Lizzy Vaughn (Placerville, Calif.) both have three triples on the season which ties for a league high.

Seven different Cougars have already hit home runs this season.

SC State claims an 11-21 record on the season and is amidst a seven-game losing streak presently. The Bulldogs have won just three times in their last 13 tries.

SC State most recently was swept in a three-game Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference series to Bethune-Cookman last weekend.

The Bulldogs struggled to produce any offense and managed just 10 hits for two runs while allowing 24 runs for the Wildcats over the weekend.

Tiffany Harris leads the Bulldogs with her .345 batting average this season. She is one of four hitters over .300 in the lineup and joined by Mikala Johnson (.337), Kindrea McNeil (.333) and Arzine Lee (.322).

The Bulldog pitching staff combines for a 4.61 ERA this season. Vianney Gomez has shouldered the bulk of the innings and has a 4.18 ERA and 6-16 record after 135.2 innings pitched.

The Cougars lead the all-time series by a 33-2 margin with the last loss to the Bulldogs going back to 2003.

The teams met once this season at Patriots Point and the Cougars swept the doubleheader by 5-3 and 6-1 counts with a combined 25 hits between the two games.

Saylors and Hope Klicker (Walla Walla, Wash.) picked up wins in the pitching circle.

Amanda Lonergan (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) went 3-for-3 in the first game with an RBI and a double. Kristy Giragosian (Charlotte, N.C.) had a pair of RBIs in the second game by way of her first career home run and an executed squeeze bunt.

The Cougars return to action when they head to Statesboro, Ga., for a pivotal three-game SoCon series against first-place Georgia Southern. The squads will play a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. and then the single-game Sunday finale at 1 p.m.

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