GREENSBORO, N.C. – The College of Charleston softball team split its Saturday afternoon doubleheader with UNC Greensboro with a 7-5 come-from-behind game-one victory before falling, 2-0, in the second half of the twinbill.
The teams will wrap up the series – and the regular season – on Sunday with a single game at 12 p.m., which is moved up from the original 1 p.m. start due to expected weather conditions.
Tournament fates are still unclear pending Sunday’s results, and CofC (33-18, 14-8 SoCon) could finish as the No. 2 or No. 3 seed for next week’s SoCon Championships.
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 Cougars stranded eight runners en route to their first time being shut out in 32 games dating back to March 14. The Cougars outhit the Spartans, 5-4, with Allison Pedigo (Scottsville, Ky.) leading the way in going 3-for-3 with a double.
Rebecca Mueller (Fair Oaks, Calif.) extended her reaching-base streak to 16 games by getting on in both contests.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: 7, UNC GREENSBORO: 5
After a surrendering a four-run first inning, the Cougars bore down and eventually battled back with a six-run sixth inning to seal the win. When the dust settled, the Cougars had outhit the Spartans, 9-6, despite being no-hit through three innings and amounting just two hits through five innings.
UNCG went to work early when Katelyn Bedwell drove a two-run homerun out to left as the Spartans’ third batter of the game. Later in the frame, a Cougar fielding error and a bloop single extended the inning, and Danielle Vega seized the opportunity with a double to the wall in left which plated two more runs.
The Spartans’ 4-0 lead held through the middle innings as the Cougars were unable to capitalize on five base runners in the first five innings, but finally cashed in with a run-scoring rally in the sixth inning.
Mackenzie Maples (Corona, Calif.) led off the frame with a single through the left side of the infield which was only the third Cougar hit of the game to that point. The Cougars proceeded to load the bases with Pedigo drawing a walk and Mueller being hit by a pitch, and Kristy Giragosian (Charlotte, N.C.) placed a grounder on the right side of the infield which she beat out for an RBI infield single. Corthell then singled to centerfield which plated two more runs, and two batters later Hodgson’s homerun blast to centerfield narrowly missed the Spartan statue beyond the outfield and swiftly put the Cougars on top 6-4.
Corthell would add another RBI single in the seventh after back-to-back fielding errors put runners in scoring position, and she once again singled back to the middle to bring in a run.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: 0, UNC GREENSBORO: 2
SoCon Pitcher of the Month Stephanie Saylors (Easley, S.C.) pitched well for the Cougars and tossed a complete game and limited the Spartans to four hits, but was tagged with a loss for the first time in nine outings.
The Spartans again scored in the first inning with a leadoff single by Aisha Figueroa followed by a walk and an RBI single by Katelyn Bedwell.
UNCG got an insurance run out of Lindsay Thomas’s 15th homerun of the season, a solo shot to left which set the UNCG all-time record for homeruns in a single season.