Cougars fall to Kansas, Fordham on day two of Cougar Classic
MT. PLEASANT, SC Feb. 16, 2014 – The College of Charleston was stung with two close-game losses on the second day of the CofC Cougar Classic at Patriots Point on Saturday evening as the Cougars fell, 6-5, to Kansas in extra innings followed by a 5-4 loss to Fordham.
CofC’s (2-4) bats exploded for 16 base hits – five more than they combined for in a pair of wins on Friday – but surrendered late runs both contests. Sophomore Chandler Frisbie (Woodstock, Ga.) accounted for five of those hits as she went a combined 5-for-7 in the losses.
Cougar pitching and defense bent but didn’t break for most of the day as the team consistently found itself in defensive jams and did its best to minimize the damage, resulting in Cougar opponents stranding 27 runners in two games.
The Cougars wrap up the Classic with the tournament finale on Sunday afternoon when they square off with Mississippi at 1:30 p.m.
College of Charleston: 5, Kansas: 6 (8 innings) (Box Score)
After erasing a four-run deficit in the fifth and coming from behind yet again in the bottom of the seventh, the Cougars were thwarted when they couldn’t respond to a Kansas run when the international tiebreaker went into effect in the top of the eighth.
The Cougars surrendered a single run in each of the first, third, fourth and fifth innings but did well to hold the Jayhawks to just four runs as they stranded at least two runners in the first and fourth innings and loaded the bases without scoring in the second.
With just three hits through the first four innings and reeling in a 4-0 hole, Frisbie singled to center to start the fifth and breathe life back into the Cougar dugout. CofC then loaded the bases on free passes by Lizzy Vaughn (Placerville, Calif.) and Carly Corthell (Reno, Nev.), and Mackenzie Maples (Corona, Calif.) doubled into right center to plate two runs and reinsert the Cougars into the ball game.
Allison Pedigo (Lawrenceville, Ky.) then cut further into the lead with a sacrifice fly to right which was deep enough to allow Corthell to scamper home. With two outs and a runner on third, the Kansas coaching staff elected to intentionally walk Rebecca Mueller (Fair Oaks, Calif.) to get to Valerie Cassell (Edison, N.J.), and the sophomore made them pay by lacing a double over the head of the left fielder to tie the game.
Kansas manufactured a go-ahead run in the top of the seventh after a hit by pitch and two sacrifice punts put a runner on third, and second baseman Ashley Newman beat out a close play on a groundball towards first base to plate the run.
The Cougars responded immediately, only needing their first two hitters of the ensuing half inning to tie the game as Maples led off with a double to left and Pedigo immediately followed with a double of her own, allowing Maples to score easily.
With a runner placed on second to start the tie-breaker frame, the Jayhawks successfully bunted theirs over to third and Taylor Dobson later singled through the right side to score the game-winning run.
College of Charleston: 4. Fordham: 5 (Box Score)
In the night cap, the Cougars surrendered a three-run lead in a quirky fifth inning and later allowed the eventual game winner to cross in the top half of the last inning once again.
After Sydney Canessa led the game off with a home run for Fordham, the Cougars retaliated in the second, when Frisbie, Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) and Carly Hansis (Little River, S.C.) loaded the bases on consecutive two-out singles and a throwing error allowed them all to score.
The Cougars pushed the lead to 4-1 in the fourth when Frisbie sparked yet another rally and Hodgson tripled over the head of the right fielder to plate Frisbie.
Unlike the first game, the fifth inning was not friendly to the Cougars after Elise Fortier blasted a two-run homer and the Cougars would go on two commit to costly fielding errors which would allow Fordham to load the bases and ultimately score the tying run.
In the seventh, Ram pitcher Michelle Daubman helped her own cause with a leadoff home run which would ultimately earn her the pitching victory as she put the Cougars down in order in the bottom of the inning.