Written by Justin Bohn
Saturday, 31 March 2012 22:49
Appalachian State University softball dropped the first two games of the three-game series, 7-3, 6-0, to the College of Charleston on Saturday at Patriots Point Athletic Complex. The Mountaineers fell to 12-6 and 3-6 in Southern Conference play while the Cougars improved to 20-13 and 7-4 in league play. College of Charleston didn't
waste any time to get on the board as Kelsey Hodgson blasted a three-run home run to score Lizzy Vaugh and Carly Corthell in the first and gave CofC a 3-0 lead.
The Cougars took advantage of two-out fielding error by Cynthia Gomez to add two runs in the third. Mackenzie Maples roped one to right center for a two-RBI double and gave CofC a 5-0 lead.
After over an hour rain delay the Apps grabbed a run in the top of the fifth with Gomez scoreing on a fielder's choice by Dani Heichen to cut the deficit to 5-1. The Mountaineers loaded up the bases in the sixth frame on a single from Meghan Smith, fielder's choice by Caroline Rogers and Riley Carter single. Senior Michelle Gorzelle singled down the left field line to score Smith and earned her first RBI of the season. The Cougars responded in the bottom half of the frame with a pair of runs on a Vaughn two-run bomb over the right center fence and extend CofC's lead to 7-2.
The Apps' come back fell short, 7-3, as they were only able to add one more run in the seventh inning on a RBI-double by Smith which scored Cashion. The Mountaineers out hit the Cougars 10-6 with six of the App's base knocks coming from Sarah Warnock, Cashion and Smith.
Freshman Caroline Wainright started for ASU and took the loss as she struck out four in three innings of work and allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits. The elder sister, Caitlin Wainright pitched three innings in the circle and allowed two runs on one hit.
Caitlin Wainright started the nightcap with a scoreless two and two-thirds before CofC scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the third on a RBI-single by Hodgson. Kristy Giragosian earned a walk to load up the bases and Maples was hit in the head to score Hodgson. Allison Pedigo singled up the middle to give CofC a 4-0 lead.
Freshman Riley Carter made her first career appearance in the circle in the fourth and allowed two runs on a pair of passed balls and wild pitches to give CofC a 6-0 lead.
Carter struck out six in three innings of work and only allowed two hits and didn't give up an earned run. Caitlin Wainright took her seventh loss of the season and gave up four runs (one earned) on five hits. The Mountaineers look to bounce back as they close out the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Photo Courtesy: Meghan Smith, ASU Athletics