Following a disappointing series loss to Chattanooga, the Softball team was ready to make a comeback with UNC-Wilmington as the victims.
Stephanie Saylors (Easley, SC) pitched for the cougars in the first game of the double header on Wednesday, Mar 14th. She effectively kept the Seagulls at bay, allowing only two hits and four runners to get on base throughout the game. The offense managed to secure the win with a single by Allison Pedigo (Scottsville, KY) driving in Amanda Lonegran (Pembroke Pines, FL) in the fourth and picked up two runs in the sixth thanks to a fielding error bringing in Katie O’Brien (Middletown, NJ) and a single by Mackenzie Maples (Corona, CA) allowing Kristy Giragosian (Charlotte, NC) to come home, finishing out the scoring at 3-0 to the Cougars.
Hope Klicker (Walla Walla, WA) was hardly more allowing in the second game of the day, allowing the Seagulls only five hits and one run throughout the match. The offensive side was ready to make their supremacy fully known as well with a single by Carly Corthell (Reno, NV) bringing in Ashton Jarrett (Hanahan, SC) in the third. UNC attempted to take a lead, scoring their sole run in the top of the fourth, but the Cougars wouldn’t stand for it. A triple by Lonergan and subsequent throwing error by UNC’s shortstop allowed her to score, giving the College the lead once more as the score was brought up to 2-1. The team added to their lead in the sixth, with a triple by Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, GA) and sacrifice fly by Pedigo bringing in two more runners, finishing the scoring at 4-1.
After the two game win, the Cougars went into the weekend’s SoCon game looking for a win. And a win they got, taking down Samford repeatedly on Saturday’s games.
On the first game of the day, it looked as if Samford just might get one over on the College. The top of the third saw them managing two runs while leaving three on base. The Cougars were unable to respond until the fourth, where a single from Vaughn tied up the game by bringing in Klicker and Giragosian. The scoring didn’t stop there though, as another single, this time to Hodgson, brought in two, finishing the scoring for the game at 4-2.
The second game allowed the Cougars to really exercise their offense. With Klicker pitching and allowing just three hits over the course of the game, the team showed the Bulldogs exactly what they were made of. Though Samford took the early lead in the top of the second with a run, the College quickly reciprocated, with Maples’ home run bringing two runs to the team, giving them a 2-1 in the bottom of the second. Pedigo added to this lead in the third with a single bringing in Lonergan. Maples once again added to the lead in the fifth, were her sinlge bringing in Pedigo.
Despite having a 4-1 lead, the College wasn’t ready to stop notching up score board. Singles by Hodgson and Giragosian as well as a walk all added to the lead in the sixth, finishing out the scoring at 7-1.
Samford once again took the early lead in Sunday’s game, managing a run in the top of the first. Though a sacrifice fly by Lonergan put the Cougars on the board, it was not enough to get them lead. The Bulldogs reclaimed their lead in the third, with a run, bringing the score 2-1.
After over four hours of delay due to rain, the game resumed, though the score remained locked for the next two innings. It was not until the bottom of the sixth that the Cougars stuck with a vengeance. A single by Klicker then sacrifice bunt by Jarrett gave the Cougars the 3-2 lead needed to win, but they didn’t stop there. A homerun by Lizzy Vaughn (Placerville, CA) brought in three more runs, finishing the scoring for the game and giving the Cougars a 6-2 win over the bulldogs, as well as a sweep of the series.
The team next plays against Coastal Carolina on Wed. Mar. 21st at 4 pm out at Patriots Point.