MT. PLEASANT, SC Feb. 20, 2013 – The College of Charleston softball team swept South Carolina State in a doubleheader at Patriots Point on Tuesday evening. The Cougars picked up their third straight shutout with a 5-0 game-one victory and followed it with a 6-1 win in the night cap.
Sophomore Hope Klicker (Walla Walla, Wash.) continued to shine with a complete-game two hitter in which she struck out 11 in game one.
Stephanie Saylors (Easley, S.C.) threw four innings and only allowed two hits to earn a win in game two. Alex Pizzoli (Livingston, N.J.) relieved her and also registered four strikeouts through her three innings of work.
The Cougar bats were good for 17 hits on the day led by Carly Corthell (Reno, Nev.) who went 2-for-3 in both games and drove in two runs.
Chandler Frisbie (Lawrenceville, Ga.) hit her first career homerun and was good for four RBIs on the day.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: 5, SC STATE: 0
After Ashton Jarrett (Hanahan, S.C.) made a leaping catch to initiate an inning-ending double play in the top of the first, the Cougars went right to work with the bats in the bottom half. Corthell led off with a triple but was thrown out on the bases when she tried to score on a Jarrett groundball. Mackenzie Maples (Corona, Calif.) then drove a double into the gap in right center which allowed Jarrett to score and put CofC up 1-0 early.
The Cougars would add to the lead in the third when Jarrett led off with a single and Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) reached on a fielding error to put the first two on for the Cougars. Later in the frame, those two would score on RBI singles by Frisbie and Lizzy Vaughn (Placerville, Calif.) which made it 3-0.
CofC added two more in the fifth when another fielding error put a runner aboard and Frisbie made the Bulldogs pay, driving a ball deep over the fence in left to make the score 5-0, the eventual final.
Only four hitters would reach base for SC State but two Cougar double plays meant Klicker only faced two more batters than the minimal 21. Last time these teams met, Klicker threw a perfect game and struck out a career-high 16 batters on April 10, 2012.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: 6, SC STATE: 1
The Cougar bats came to life early yet again in game two as the Cougars crossed all six runs in the first two innings.
In inning one, Corthell and Jarrett led off with back-to-back bunt singles. Jarrett would move up to second on a fielder’s choice which took Corthell off the bases, and then the speedy junior tagged up to third on a fly ball to right to put runners on the corners. From there, the Cougars executed a double steal to plate Jarrett and Frisbie doubled to left center to make the score 2-0.
In the second, Rebecca Mueller (Fair Oaks, Calif.) and Kristy Giragosian (Charlotte, N.C.) drew free passes and both stole a base to put runners on second and third. The pair would score on a fielding error before Jarrett added an RBI single and Hodgson executed a squeeze play for a RBI bunt sacrifice.
The Cougars carried that 6-0 lead into the fifth inning when the Bulldogs would finally string together a couple hits and a Cougar fielding error allowed them to break up the shutout bid. Pizolli struck out two in the inning and shortstop Vaughn made a dazzling play behind the pitching circle to minimize the damage.
The Cougars return to action this weekend when they host another weekend-long tournament at Patriots Point. CofC kicks off the action on Friday, Feb. 22 as they play host to Wagner at 4 p.m.
The Cougars will also see Radford, South Carolina and Charleston Southern as part of the tournament.