MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - The College of Charleston softball team won its fifth consecutive game as the Cougars completed a Southern Conference series sweep of Samford with a 6-2 win at Patriots Point in a rain-delayed marathon Sunday series finale.
The game was delayed for four hours and 53 minutes due to inclement weather and lightning in the area.
Stephanie Saylors (Easley, S.C.) pitched the entirety and worked well out of jams causing Samford to strand eight base runners.
Lizzy Vaughn's (Placerville, Calif.) three-run home run capped off a five-run sixth inning for the Cougars which sprung them to victory.
Mackenzie Maples (Corona, Calif.) continued hitting the ball hard and was 3-for-3 on the day.
Kristy Giragosian (Charlotte, N.C.) singled and was hit by a pitch to extend her reaching-base streak to 11 games.
Samford struck first after Madison Dickey doubled to the wall in leftfield and Alex Adams singled back up the middle to score her.
CofC equalized the score in the bottom half of the first when Bulldog starter Shelby Scott struggled to find her control early on. After she walked a batter and hit two, Amanda Lonergan (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) delivered a sacrifice fly which sent the Samford centerfielder crashing into the wall to make the catch.
The Bulldogs took the lead back in the third when they loaded the bases on three infield singles and Adams picked up a second RBI with a groundout to shortstop.
Right after the top of the third inning ended, the players were called off the field to wait out the lightning storm. The Cougars stayed sharp and watched game film through the delay which paid off as they were the sharper team to emerge from the delay.
The offense clicked in the sixth with singles for Giragosian and Maples followed by back-to-back squeeze-bunt executions by Hope Klicker (Walla Walla, Wash.) and Ashton Jarrett (Hanahan, S.C.) to put CofC on top, 2-1. Klicker and Jarrett were both safe on their bunt plays to put themselves on base for Vaughn who delivered her towering shot to dead center and pushed the score to the eventual-final 6-2 count.
The Cougars rallied from behind to win all three games against Samford over the weekend.
CofC stays home for a midweek doubleheader against Coastal Carolina on Wednesday, March 21 starting at 4 p.m.