College of Charleston Softball Drops Two in Day Two of Classic

MT. PLEASANT, SC Feb. 16, 2013 – The College of Charleston softball team suffered a pair of losses in the second day of the CofC Classic at Patriots Point on Saturday evening. The Cougars suffered a heartbreaking, 10-9 defeat to East Tennessee State and couldn’t regroup before facing a hot-batted Syracuse team.

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CofC (0-3) suffered more early-inning woes and surrendered a combined-nine runs between the first two innings of the games.

The Cougars surged back against the Buccaneers with a six-run sixth to post a 9-8 lead heading into the last inning, but a two-run homerun shattered the lead and allowed ETSU to escape with the win.

CofC then immediately turned around to face Syracuse which sent five balls out of the park in five innings.

The Cougars conclude the Classic on Sunday with games against Towson and Akron. CofC is slated to take the field at 2 p.m. with Towson and face Akron immediately after.

A cold rain began to fall as CofC took the field and the Cougars did not negotiate the conditions in the early going, committing three fielding errors in the first inning which led to four ETSU runs.

After settling in, the Cougar bats came to life in the third inning. Courtney Clark (Tampa, Fla.) led off the frame when she sliced a ball down the left field line and legged out a double. Two batters later, Ashton Jarrett (Hanahan, S.C.) also doubled down the left field line but Clark was held at third after waiting to see if the ball would be caught on the fly. With two outs in the inning, Mackenzie Maples (Corona, Calif.) delivered a two-RBI double into the gap in left center to cut the lead to 4-2.

That score would hold until the fifth inning when the Lady Bucs produced three doubles of their own and added a run-scoring single to extend their lead to 7-2.

In the bottom of the fifth, freshman Rebecca Mueller (Fair Oaks, Calif.) led off with a single off the pitcher and advanced to second on Jarrett’s sacrifice bunt. Carly Corthell (Reno, Nev.) singled to center to bring Mueller around to score and cut the lead back to four runs once again.

After a clean top of the sixth, the Cougars triggered a spirited rally to get back into the game. Katie O’Brien (Middletown, N.J.) drew a walk and Clark legged out an infield single before Jarrett singled up the middle to score O’Brien. Then, with two outs, Corthell and Maples both drew walks to load the bases and Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) emptied them when she crushed a double into the gap in left center to tie the game. Hodgson alertly took third on the play when the Bucs tried to throw Jarrett out at the plate, and she later scored the go-ahead run on Chandler Frisbie’s (Lawrenceville, Ga.) RBI single.

The Cougars’ 9-8 lead was short lived, unfortunately, as the Katie Wolff singled to start the seventh and Jackie Baird drove a two-run homerun out to left. CofC would have no answer in its half of the seventh, and the Cougars were stung with the loss.

The Cougars then met the power-hitting Orange which scored all 11 of its runs with the top five hitters in the lineup.

Veronica Grant and Jasmine Watson both hit a pair of homeruns, and Julie Wambold added a fifth which combined for 10 RBIs. The trio hit back-to-back-to-back homeruns in the top of the second inning.

The Cougar bats didn’t have an answer for Orange pitcher Stacy Kuwick who threw all five innings of the shortened game and struck out as many hitters as she let reach base.

Mueller provided the Cougars’ only hit when she put a ball into the hole of the right side of the infield and beat all the defensive players to first base for an infield single.