Ashton Jarrett's two-out single in the bottom of the seventh scored Becca
Mueller from second and gave the Cougars a 3-2 victory to survive and force the
"if necessary" game with Georgia Southern Friday afternoon.
Hope Klicker came on
in relief of Stephanie Saylors and limited the Eagles to four hits and no runs
in 5.0 innings of work. She allowed one walk and struck out four. SoCon Pitcher
of the Year Sarah Purvis was handed the loss for Georgia Southern, going 6.2
innings and allowing six hits, three runs, one walk and two strikeouts.
Becca Mueller led the
Cougars going 2-for-2 with two runs scored while Kristy Giragosian went 1-for-2
with two RBIs. Alexa Lewis went 2-for-4 to lead Georgia Southern went 2-for-3
with a homer and two RBIs.
Lewis led off the game with a single through the right side. She was thrown out
at second when Kourtny Thomas reached on fielder's choice and Shelby Morrill
then sent a two-out home over the fence in right field to give the Eagles the
early 2-0 lead.
College of Charleston
got a lead-off single in the bottom of the second by Chandler Frisbie, then
Becca Mueller sent a double to deep right to put runners in scoring position
with two outs. Kristy Giragosian then sent a bloop single over the shortstop's
head to tie the game at two.
In the top of the
fourth, Georgia Southern's Kaitlyn Johnson drew a one-out walk, then advanced to
second on a ground out. Pinch-hitter Savanah Coon singled through the right side
and Johnson was called out on a close play at the plate to end the CofC threat
in the top of the fourth and keep the game tied at two.
The two pitchers
continued to battle into the later innings. In the top of the sixth, Hope
Klicker struck out four batters after Kaitlyn Johnson reached on a two-out
passed ball. In the bottom half, Purvis gave up a two-out single to Mackenzie
Maples, but got a strikeout to end the inning.
Klicker worked around
a one-out single in the top half of the seventh to preserve the 2-2 tie. In the
bottom half, Becca Mueller was hit by a pitch to lead-off the inning and was
moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Then two batters later, Ashton Jarrett
singled to left field to score Mueller and give the Cougars the 3-2
College of Charleston
moves to 37-19 on the season while Georgia Southern falls to 30-28. The teams
will meet in a win-or-go-home game later this afternoon at 3:00 p.m.