Charleston Takes Two from Softball
The Cougars took the first game 3-2 in 10 innings and the second 6-3 to improve to 19-22 overall and 5-0 in the SoCon. The Eagles fall to 20-21 and 2-3.
“I’m definitely disappointed because statistically we are a better team,” said GSU head coach Natalie Poole. “All around the board defensively, pitching-wise and hitting so on paper, we should have definitely beat this team.”
The opener was a game of missed opportunities for Georgia Southern who had 13 hits but could not take advantage of four Charleston errors.
“We left a ton of runners on (base),” said Poole. “We’re not having trouble getting on, we’re just having trouble getting them around. The first game we had nine out of 11 strikeouts with runners in scoring position. I don’t know if we’re pressing or what we’re doing, but we’re not settling in and making adjustments.”
The Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the third on a two-run homer by sophomore Jenny Side (Loganville, Ga.) but the Cougars answered with two in their next at bat.
The two teams were scoreless until the 10th when pinch-runner Samantha Kubinski scored on a wild pitch. GSU put runners on second and third with one out but a pop-up and fly out ended the game.
“Eight of our last 12 outs were balls in the air,” Poole added. “We’re hitting the ball in the air a lot in key spots and we’re not able to score the runs that we should.”
Terri Mesko (8-11) earned the win for CofC while senior Melissa Laliberte (Cobourg, Ontario, Canada) went the distance for GSU and took the loss (8-7).
Sophomore Lindsey Hopkins (McDonough, Ga.) tallied three hits for the Eagles and three other players had two hits apiece.
“I felt like we made good, strong contact but again, we get people on and start to build some momentum and whoever steps in to drive them in isn’t doing it,” said Poole. “We’re just missing timely hits.”
The Eagles scored the first run of the contest in game two but the Cougars scored four unanswered and never trailed again. Katie Nutaitis came through with a two-run single in the third inning.
GSU went down in order just twice all afternoon, both in the second game, and left the bases loaded twice.
Sophomore Kristan Glover (Evans, Ga.) started for the Eagles and took the loss (2-6), allowing four runs and four hits in two innings. CofC’s Shannon Howard (10-9) gave up 10 hits but only three runs for the complete-game victory.
The three-game series concludes on Sunday with a game at 1 p.m.
- Category: Softball
- Published on Saturday, 29 March 2008 00:18