CHATANOOGA, Tenn. - The College of Charleston softball team fell victim to a high-octane offense of Chattanooga in an 11-1 loss in the Southern Conference series finale at Frost Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Cougars claimed an early lead in the first but allowed the Lady Mocs to put up big numbers in the second and fourth innings en route to running away with the game.
The Cougars got long balls out of Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) and Carly Corthell (Reno, Nev.) but couldn't match the three homers and nine RBIs hit by Chattanooga. Hodgson continued her personal dominance over Chattanooga pitching and now has four career home runs in two years against the Lady Mocs.
Mackenzie Maples (Corona, Calif.) reached base every time she stepped into the box on the day with a second-inning double to the warning track and fifth-inning base on balls.
The Cougars were plagued by a pair of unfortunate double-play balls and a pickoff play which erased base runners and changed the complexion of the game.
The Cougars were able to take their early lead when the Chattanooga second baseman dropped a popup in foul territory which prolonged an at bat for Hodgson. The sophomore continued her afore-mentioned success against Chattanooga pitching and punished the Lady Mocs for the miscue with a long fly ball to center which soared out of the ballpark into the backdrop of the American flag beyond the outfield.
The lead evaporated quickly when Kasey Tydingco led off the second inning with a triple to the wall in left and later scooted across the plate on a Cougar fielding miscue. Jessica Traxler and Nicole Osterman both homered in the inning to make the score 4-1 after two completed innings.
The third inning saw Chattanooga expand its lead with a solo homerun to right by Vivian Morimoto.
Chattanooga blew the game open when they batted around and put eight consecutive batters on base - one of which was a fielder's choice - in a fourth inning which yielded six more runs and brought the run rule into effect.
Corthell's line-drive homerun to left field in the fifth brought the Cougars closer to extending the game to regulation but wouldn't prove to be enough of a spark in the end.
The Cougars pause from league play to host UNC Wilmington in a doubleheader at Patriots Point on Wednesday, March 14.The Seahawks currently sit at 4-15 with a pending Sunday result in the Winthrop Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C.
The Cougars lead the all-time series with UNC Wilmington by a 16-11 mark and have claimed six straight and 13 of the most recent fifteen.