STATESBORO, Ga. - The College of Charleston softball team suffered a pair of narrow defeats to first-place Georgia Southern in a Southern Conference doubleheader at Eagle Field on Saturday evening. The Cougars fell, 2-1 in 10 innings in the opener and 4-1 in the second.
The teams conclude the series with a single game on Sunday, April 15 beginning at 1 p.m.
Carly Corthell (Reno, Nev.) went 2-for-4 in the game one loss and hit her second career home run in the fourth inning. Stephanie Saylors (Easley, S.C.) went the distance and was tagged with the loss despite pitching 9.1 innings and only surrendering one earned run.
In game two, Allison Pedigo (Scottsville, Ky.) went 2-for-3 and hit the first home run of her career to account for the Cougars' only run. Hope Klicker (Walla Walla, Wash.) suffered the loss in the circle with five hits and two earned runs against her.
GAME ONE: CofC: 1, Georgia Southern: 2 (10 innings) The first game was predictably a pitchers' duel as it arguably featured the two best statistical pitchers in the conference.
Corthell caught all of the first pitch she saw in the fourth and drove it down the line and over the fence in left for the first run of the game. Her previous single in the first inning had been the only other hit in the game for either team prior to the fourth-inning blast.
After Saylors retired the first 11 hitters she faced, Marie Fogle hit a two-out Texas-league single in the bottom of the fourth inning to produce the Eagles' first base runner. Saylors bore down and put a hitter down on strikes to end the inning and preserve CofC's narrow lead.
Kourtny Thomas drew the teams even in the following inning, however, when she homered to right center with one out in the fifth.
The Eagles threatened to break the game open when they loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning by way of a leadoff single and a pair of walks (one of which was intentional). Saylors recomposed herself and ended the threat when she struck one batter out and forced another to fly out to center.
The seventh, eighth and ninth innings only yielded a total of four base runners between the two sides before the international tie breaker - which places a runner on second base to start each half inning - was applied in the 10th.
After the Cougars failed to convert in their half of the 10th, the Eagles successfully bunted their runner over to third base before Hanna Ennis sent a base hit through the left side to plate the game-winning run.
GAME TWO: CofC: 1, Georgia Southern: 4 In game two, the teams were split, 4-4, in hits but the Eagles strung theirs together to plate a pair of runs in the fourth and six innings
Klicker sat the first nine hitters she faced in order to make it to 11 consecutive complete innings without allowing a base runner. The Eagles ended that streak in the fourth, however, when Alexa Lewis, Hanna Ennis and Mackenzie Williams all hit doubles to account for a 2-0 lead.
The Cougars immediately cut the lead in half when Pedigo led off the next half inning with a line-drive home run to left against a swift, in-blowing wind.
Georgia Southern tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth when a Cougar fielding error extended the inning and led to an infield single followed by a bases-clearing double by Marie Fogle.
The Cougars put two runners aboard in the seventh but were unable to cut into the lead and eventually took the loss.