BOONE, N.C. – The College of Charleston softball team dropped both ends of a Saturday doubleheader to cap off Appalachian State’s Southern Conference series sweep at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium. The Cougars led in both games, but ultimately fell by 8-7 and 10-7 counts.
Chandler Frisbie (Lawrenceville, Ga.) drove in four runs on the day, and Allison Pedigo (Scottsville, Ky.) picked up three RBIs between the games. Lizzy Vaughn (Placerville, Calif.) added two RBIs with her second homerun of the season in game one.
After sweeping the series which saw 11 combined homeruns, the Mountaineers moved into first place in the SoCon standings.
CofC (15-15, 6-5 SoCon) will have to regroup when they face head coach Shelly Hoerner’s alma matter and former coach in a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader against Canisius. First pitch at Patriots Point is slated for 4 p.m.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: 7, APPALACHIAN STATE: 8
For the second time in the series, the Cougars seized a first inning lead but saw it wash away in the bottom half of the inning. CofC looked to fight back late in the contest, but had already dug itself into too deep of a hole to come all the way back.
The Cougars scored a pair in the opening frame on an RBI single by Frisbie and bases-loaded walk by Giragosian, but Meghan Smith’s grand slam put the Apps out front in the bottom half.
CofC wouldn’t stay behind long, as Ashton Jarrett (Hanahan, S.C.) was hit by a pitch and Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) drew a walk in the second inning, and Pedigo singled into right center to plate both runs and tie the game.
The Cougar bats then went quiet and CofC wouldn’t reach another baserunner until the sixth inning, and Allie Cashion hit a solo homerun in the third and App State cashed in on a pair of Cougar fielding errors to take a 8-4 lead in the fifth.
Vaughn hit a two-run homerun in the sixth and Frisbie hit a solo shot in the seventh which brought CofC back to within one run, but that’d be as close as they got.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: 7, APPALACHIAN STATE: 10
The Cougars once again scored in the first inning, but the Apps scored four in the second and then scored in each ensuing inning to slowly put the game out of reach.
Vaughn drew a leadoff walk in the first, and then Frisbie doubled down the left-field line and Pedigo singled into right to birth a 2-0 lead.
The Apps picked up three hits in the second, and the Cougars plagued themselves with a pair of costly fielding errors which led to the four-run frame.
Maples singled to score a run in the fourth, but App State’s Ashley Seering and Lindsay Loudermilk singled to center to drive in runs in the third and fourth innings, and Allie Cashion homered in the fifth inning to make the score 7-3.
Carly Hansis and Clark got pinch-hit opportunities in the sixth inning and capitalized as Hansis drew a one-out walk and Clark doubled off the top of the fence to trim the deficit to three runs.
App State undid effort with a bases-loaded rally in the bottom of the sixth inning. They loaded them up without any outs on a pair of singles and a hit batsman, and then an additional hit batsman and two RBI groundouts plated three more runs and the score was 10-4.
The Cougars took the three runs back in the seventh off singles by Jarrett and Hodgson backed up by an RBI sacrifice fly by Frisbie, RBI groundout by Mueller and RBI single by Giragosian.