GREENSBORO, S.C. – The College of Charleston softball team is set for the 2013 Southern Conference Championship to be played May 8-11 at the UNCG Softball Stadium. The Cougars earned the No. 2 seed for the tournament and will face No. 7 Western Carolina in the opening round on Wednesday, May 8 at 12 p.m.
The Cougars locked up the No. 2 seed after winning 19 of their last 22 contests and claiming their final four SoCon series of the season.
CofC earned seven all-conference honors, the second most in the league.
The Cougars made it to the championship game in the 2011 and 2012 seasons and CofC’s No. 2 seed is the best tournament seed they’ve achieved since the 2007 season.
OUT OF THE BOX
The Cougars wrapped up the regular season by taking two-of-three from tournament host UNC Greensboro after splitting the Saturday doubleheader and taking the Sunday finale. Both of CofC’s wins were done in come-from-behind fashion.
In Saturday’s game-one win, Valerie Cassell (Edison, N.J.) pitched six innings to earn the game-one win and scattered two hits without allowing an earned run on the outing. Carly Corthell (Reno, Nev.) went 2-for-3 to drive in three runs, and Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) hit her 15th homerun of the season, a three-run shot to straight-away center which put CofC in front in the sixth inning.
In the second game, the Cougar bats were silenced which led them to be shutout for the first time in 32 games. CofC bounced back on Sunday when Rebecca Mueller (Fair Oaks, Calif.) and Kristy Giragosian (Charlotte, N.C.) hit back-to-back seventh-inning homeruns to cap off a come-from-behind victory. Hope Klicker (Walla Walla, Wash.) only allowed one run in her 19th complete game of the season.
Hodgson’s game-one homer, her 15th of the season, puts her two away from breaking the all-time record at CofC held by Jennifer Golden (2007) and Amanda Cone (2004).
Hodgson, a first-team all-conference selection, led the team offensively and finished the regular season hitting .333 with 44 RBIs and an on-base plus slugging (OPS) of 1.170.
The Cougars finished the regular season as the only team in the league ranked statistically in the top three in hitting, pitching and fielding.
The team enters the tournament batting .279 as a unit while the pitching staff has held Cougar opponents to 238 this season. The Cougars also earn a full run-per-game more than their opponents, on average.
Mueller, an all-freshman leftfielder, brings a 17-game reaching base streak with her into the tournament.
MULTIMEDIA AVAILABLE FOR THE TOURNAMENT
All of the action will be available LIVE through SoConTV. Fans who are unable to attend will have the opportunity to view all of the games by logging on to SoConSports.com and subscribing to SoConTV. The championship game, which is slated for Saturday at 1:00 p.m., will be broadcast on ESPN3. From the first pitch to the final out, every moment of the softball action will be available, including exclusive coach and student-athlete interviews and the final awards presentation.
As always, live stats and statistics will be available through CofCSports.com.
FOLLOW THE COUGARS
Another great way of keeping up with the CofC softball team is through the team's own Twitter account (@CofCSoftball). The account provides pictures, team activities, statuses when the team is on the road and in-game thoughts and updates.