|Softball Preview: College of Charleston|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW softball team returns home this weekend as it hosts College of Charleston in a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series at Boseman Field.
The two teams are scheduled to play a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday and a 1 p.m. finale on Sunday. Live stats and streaming video are available for all three games and can be accessed by clicking on the links at the top of the page.
UNCW (17-24; 3-5 CAA) are home for the first time since April 2 after wrapping up a seven-game road swing Wednesday with a mid-week doubleheader at NC State. Senior Brittany Gamby recorded a pair of hits against the Wolfpack to move her team-leading batting average to .310 while sophomore Erin Brown collected a pair of hits to jump into third place on the team’s batting charts (.269). In the circle, junior Casey Rowland remains the team leader in nearly every pitching category, including appearances (26), complete games (9), innings pitched (134.1) and strikeouts (128).
College of Charleston (31-14; 5-4 CAA) wraps up a two-week road swing this weekend with a visit to the Port City after taking one of three games at defending league champion Hofstra last weekend. Senior Lizzy Vaughn paces the Cougars lineup with a team-best .367 batting average and 24 RBI. Sophomore Rebecca Mueller boasts a .336 batting average to rank second on the team in that category while junior Mackenzie Maples is second on the squad with 23 RBI. Head Coach Linda Kalafatis has relied upon a trio of pitchers this season with junior Hope Kicker, sophomore Valerie Cassell and freshman Samantha Martin all seeing significant time on the rubber. Kicker has served as the ace of the Cougars rotation, posting team highs of 28 appearances, 136.2 innings pitched, 12 complete games and 115 strikeouts.
Despite meeting for the first time as CAA opponents, UNCW and College of Charleston are quite familiar with each other as the two program’s have met on the diamond a total of 28 times since the 1996 campaign, including a four-year stretch as rivals in the Southern Conference (2000-04). The Cougars hold a 17-11 lead in the all-time series and have dominated play of late, winning each of the past eight meetings between the two programs. UNCW’s last victory over College of Charleston came in a 2-0 road triumph on May 3, 2003.
UNCW returns to action Tuesday when it travels to Campbell for a 4 p.m. doubleheader in Buies Creek.