|Cougars Claim Series From Seahawks|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW softball team fell twice to College of Charleston on Sunday toclose out a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series at Boseman Field
In the resumption of a contest that was started on Saturday, College of Charleston (34-14; 8-4 CAA) defeated UNCW (17-27; 3-8 CAA) by a 9-1 margin before the Cougars knocked off the Seahawks in the series finale, 9-5.
UP NEXT: UNCW travels to Campbell Tuesday for a 4 p.m. doubleheader while College of Charleston is back in action April 26 with a 4 p.m. CAA doubleheader against Drexel.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game One): College of Charleston jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on run-scoring singles by sophomores Rebecca Mueller and Carly Hansis to build the early advantage.
The Cougars doubled their margin in the second, taking advantage of a two-run single by senior Lizzy Vaughn to build a 4-0 cushion before stretching their lead to 7-0 in the top of third, plating three runs on four hits, highlighted by a run-scoring singles from junior Mackenzie Maples and senior Katie O’Brien and a RBI double by sophomore Chandler Frisbie.
Senior Kelsey Hodgson closed out the scoring in the fourth, hitting a two-run home run to left field to push the Cougars advantage to 9-1 and evoke the eight-run mercy rule.
AT THE PLATE (Game One): Vaughn was 3-for-4 with two RBI while Hodgson was 1-for-2 with a two runs scored and two RBI. Frisbie and O’Brien were both 2-for-3 with a run batted in.
IN THE CIRCLE Game One): Samantha Martin picked up the win for the Cougars to improve her record to 10-3 on the season. Martin scattered four hits and one walk while recording eight strikeouts in five innings in the circle.
Freshman Peyton Jordan took the loss for UNCW to move her record to 7-14. In three innings of work, Jordan allowed nine runs on 13 hits and one walk. Sophomore Kayla Pine replaced Jordan in the fourth inning and issued just two walks in two innings of work.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game One): The two teams combined to leave 10 runners on base (CofC 7; UNCW 3) … The Cougars bottom three hitters were a combined 5-for-8 at the plate with three RBI … Eight of CofC’s nine starters recorded a base hit in the contest … There was just one stolen base attempt in the game … Martin struck out seven different UNCW batters in the contest.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game Two): CofC took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second of game two, loading the bases with three straight singles before a sacrifice fly by Frisbie plated Hansis for the game’s first run.
Vaughn increased the Cougars’ lead to 2-0 in the top of the third as she opened the frame with a solo home run to left field.
A solo shot by Hodgson and a run-scoring single by Frisbie in the fourth stretched the CofC advantage to 4-0, only to see the Seahawks plate a run on a run-scoring single by sophomore Erin Brown in the bottom half of the frame to make a 4-1 contest.
The Cougars would expand their lead in the top of the sixth, using four hits, including a two-run single by Hansis and a solo home run from Hodgson, to plate five runs and push their lead to 9-1.
The Seahawks cut into the CofC margin in the bottom half of the sixth as run-scoring singles by juniors Jessica Rappe and Casey Rowland, a bases-loaded walk to senior Brittany Gamby, and a wild pitch allowed them to trim the deficit to 9-5.
That would as close as UNCW would get, however, as the game was called in the top of the seventh due to league travel regulations.
AT THE PLATE (Game Two): Hogdson went 4-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI to lead a CofC lineup that finished with 13 hits. Hansis was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in while Padilla tallied two hits.
Brown was 2-for-4 with a RBI to highlight a Seahawks roster that recorded 10 base knocks. Gamby, Rappe and Rowland all finished with a hit and a RBI in the contest.
IN THE CIRCLE (Game Two): Freshman Samantha Martin picked up her second victory of the day to improve her record to 11-3. In 4.2 innings of work, Martin scattered three hits and two walks while striking out two. Junior Hope Klicker replaced Martin in the fifth and pitched 1.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits before Martin returned to the game in the sixth.
Rowland got the start for UNCW in game two and pitched 5.2 innings, allowing eight runs on 12 hits and two walks to move her record to 9-11. Pine took over for Rowland in the sixth and allowed one run on one hit.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game Two): The two teams combined to leave 14 runners on base (CofC 6; UNCW 8) … CofC’s middle of the lineup went a combined 8-for-11 with five RBI … Eight of the nine starters for the Cougars recorded a base hit in the contest … The two teams combined for just one error in the contest (CofC 1; UNCW 0).
NOTES: UNCW moved to 13-14 at home this season … The Seahawks dropped to 0-14 this season when allowing six or more runs in a contest … UNCW’s 10 base hits in game two marked the ninth time this season that the Seahawks have recorded 10 or more base hits in a contest … UNCW did not commit an error in game two, marking just the 11th time this season that the Seahawks have not been charged with an error in a game this season.