Softball Suffers Two Losses to Charleston Southern
Three of the Cougars' four runs came on solo home runs provided by Mackenzie Maples (Corona, Calif.), Lizzy Vaughn (Placerville, Calif.) and Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) The Cougars have now hit four home runs in their past four games.
Carly Corthell (Reno, Nev.) went 3-for-4 in game two and had four total hits to lead the Cougars on the day.
CofC doomed itself by committing five fielding errors on the day which led to five unearned runs.
GAME ONE: CofC: 1, Charleston Southern: 5
CSU got started right away when they loaded the bases in the first on a pair of hit batters and a line-drive single back up the middle. A Cougar fielding error then extended the inning and allowed a run to cross and Linzy Rother took advantage with a two-RBI single to right which made the score 3-0 after one inning.
Maples' home run in the fourth drew CofC closer when she pulled the ball to right and it carried high into the air until it cleared the fence in right center.
CofC would get not be able to draw closer, however, and the Buccaneers put the game further out of reach in the sixth with a walk and a single followed by a bases-clearing double to left center by Hayes Holdsworth.
GAME TWO: CofC: 3, Charleston Southern: 6
The Cougars led for most of the second game but CSU had responded each time CofC pulled ahead and the Bucs ultimately took a lead in the sixth and held on to it to complete their sweep.
Vaughn's first-inning homerun which lined out of the park along the right-field line and Hodgson's towering shot to dead center granted CofC the early 2-0 lead in the ball game.
CSU leveled the score in the bottom of the second though after loading the bases on a pair of singles and a fielding error and scoring their first run on a sacrifice fly from Linzy Rother. Holdsworth later scored to tie the game on a double-steal maneuver while Melissa Adams was caught in a rundown between first and second.
CofC wouldn't let the tie stand for long and scored a run for the third consecutive inning in their next at bat. Corthell doubled into the gap in right center and Amanda Lonergan (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) sent a hard-hit line drive back up the middle to score the go-ahead run.
CSU had an answer once again when Adams led off the fourth with a walk and worked her away around the bases before scoring on a wild pitch.
The Bucs then took their first lead of the game when Adams got on board with a single and scored her fourth run on the day on a two-run home run to left field off the bat of Rother. An infield single and dropped flyball accounted for the third run of the inning and made the score 6-3, the ultimate final.