MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - The College of Charleston softball team restored its winning ways with a doubleheader sweep of UNC Wilmington at Patriots Point on Wednesday afternoon. The Cougars rallied behind solid pitching to come away with a 3-0 and 4-1 victory.
Stephanie Saylors (Easley, S.C.) and Hope Klicker (Walla Walla, Wash.) both pitched complete games and only allowed one run between them. Saylors struck out nine batters and allowed just two hits in her shutout effort before Klicker pitched the second game with six strikeouts and just one base on balls.
Amanda Lonergan (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) had three hits on the day in going 2-for-3 in the opener and 1-for-3 in game two. She stroked a triple in game two and scored on the play when the relay throw from left field scooted into the third-base dugout.
Kristy Giragosian (Charlotte, N.C.) reached base in both games and extended her on-base streak to eight games.
GAME ONE: CofC: 3, UNC Wilmington: 0 Saylors didn't require a lot of run support to earn the win in the opener but the Cougars gave her three runs which was more than enough as she went the distance and completely shut down the Seahawks.
The Cougars jumped on the board in the fourth when Lonergan legged out an infield single to second base. Lonergan alertly took off for second when the pitcher turned her back and slid in safely before the Seahawks could recover. The heads-up play put her in position to score which she did when Allison Pedigo (Scottsville, Ky.) singled back up the middle for the RBI.
Lonergan singled in the sixth and Giragosian drew a walk before the Seahawks committed a fielding error and Mackenzie Maples (Corona, Calif.) drove a one-out single into right center to score two more runs for the Cougars.
The three runs were ample as Saylors allowed just four batters to reach base in the game.
GAME TWO: CofC: 4, UNC Wilmington: 1 Klicker followed suit in the finale as the freshman limited the Seahawk offense en route to her sixth win in the circle this season.
The Cougars scored in the third when Ashton Jarrett (Hanahan, S.C.) reached on a bunt single and stole second base before Corthell singled to right field to bring her around.
UNCW quickly evened the score in the next half inning after a hit batsman and single put Casey Rowland in an RBI situation which she delivered on.
Just as quickly as UNCW tied the game, CofC took the lead right back in the bottom of the fourth with Lonergan's triple and UNCW's costly throwing error.
The Cougars plated the insurance runs in the sixth inning with a leadoff double from Corthell and RBI triple from Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.). Pedigo's sacrifice fly to right field allowed Hodgson to score two batters later.
NEXT UP: The Cougars will stay home and return to league play when they host Samford over the weekend. The teams will play the usual Saturday doubleheader and Sunday finale with action starting at 1 p.m. on both days.
The Cougars will honor those who protect and serve our country with Military and First Responder Appreciate festivities as well as distribute green four-leaf clover tee shirts in honor of St. Patrick's Day.