HARRISONBURG, Va. - The College of Charleston softball team was abruptly ousted from the Colonial Athletic Association Championships in an 8-6 loss to Towson on Thursday at Veterans Memorial Park .
After erasing an early deficit, the Cougars (40-16) surrendered five runs in the fifth which gave Towson a seemingly comfortable lead in the late innings. However, the Cougars put the tying run on base in the seventh, but the game-ending out was caught on the warning track, thwarting C of C's comeback.
Senior Lizzy Vaughn had two RBIs and scored twice, thanks in part to a third-inning homer.
Stevi Johnson connected on a two-run home run in the top of the first and Amanda Matsumoto drilled a bases-loaded two-run single in the top of the sixth in support of Cheyenne Gandara's complete game effort as No. 7 Charleston Southern defeated No. 2 Longwood, 5-2, on the first day of the Big South Championships at the CCU Softball Field in Myrtle Beach.
Charleston Southern advances into the winners' bracket, facing off against No. 6 Presbyterian on Friday.
The College of Charleston got off to a tough start in the opening round of the NCAA Division I East Regional Championship hosted by Florida State.
C of C's top four scorers shot a combined 1-over par on the front nine, but went 10-over on its finishing holes to put the team in 21st (+11).
Sophomore Mary Chandler Bryan paced the Cougars with a three-birdie, even-par round of 72, which is tied for 28th.
No. 12-ranked Vanderbilt fired a 277 and leads after the first round at 11-under.
Woman of the Year
Charleston Southern senior women's tennis player Alexandra Walters was one of a record-tying 13 student-athletes from 11 institutions in the Big South announced as an official nominee for the Big South Conference's Woman of the Year.
The Big South's Woman of the Year Selection Committee will determine two finalists, which will be announced next week, and the overall winner will be announced and presented her award at the Big South's Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner on May 29 at The Marriott Resort in Hilton Head.
The Big South Woman of the Year winner is nominated as a candidate for the national NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Walters, a senior from Adelaide, Australia, wrapped up a storied career in the Charleston Southern women's tennis program, finishing her senior season in winning the Singles Flight No. 3 Championship after going a perfect 9-0 in Big South Conference play for the second consecutive season. Walters also earned Big South All-Conference First Team singles and First Team doubles honors in leading Charleston Southern to just its third regular-season Big South Conference Championship in program history.