C of C softball blasts Wildcats

— College of Charleston wrapped up the Charleston Challenge at Patriots Point, defeating Bethune-Cookman, 8-2.

The Cougars won their third straight game in the softball tournament finale to improve to 3-1 on opening weekend.

The Wildcats (0-5) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning on back-to-back hits, but Samantha Martin (2-0) quickly found her groove. She pitched five straight shutout innings, striking out five and working out of a bases-loaded jam in the second.

The Cougars responded in the bottom of the second inning when Katie Padilla scored from first on a double to left-center from Allison Pedigo.

Padilla led the fourth off with a double and tied the game on an RBI single by Mackenzie Maples.

C of C broke the tie in the fifth on a Chandler Frisbie homer inside the left field foul pole for a 3-2 lead.

The Cougars busted the game wide open in the sixth inning when Rebecca Mueller tattooed a triple with the bases loaded, plating three runs. Mueller then scored on an RBI single by Valerie Cassell to increase their lead to 8-2.

The College will be back in action Friday at 5:30 p.m. when the Cougars take on Presbyterian at the South Carolina Tournament in Columbia.

A seventh-inning rally helped visiting Ohio State hold off Charleston Southern on the final day of the CSU Tournament as the Buccaneers suffered their first loss of the season to the Buckeyes, 10-6.

Ohio State scored four in the top of the third and five in the top of the seventh, but CSU battled back and had a chance to tie in the bottom of the seventh as the Bucs loaded the bases in with two outs.

However, Alex DiDomenico shut down the CSU offense, getting Lexie Vanada out on strikes to end the CSU threat and the game.

The Buccaneers are back in action this weekend, hosting their second tournament of the spring when they take on Howard, Delaware and Toledo. CSU opens play Friday at 1 p.m. against Delaware.

College of Charleston won its home opener with a 5-2 victory over former league rival Winthrop at Patriots Point Tennis Center.

The Cougars (2-1) picked up the doubles point with wins at the first and third seeds. Seniors Brice Allanic and Alon Faiman defeated Winthrop’s Peter Nagovnak and Dylan Commerford, 6-3, while Josh Record and Charlie Ghriskey teamed up on the third court to pick up a 6-4 win over Caio Gomas and Julian Bradley.

Charleston won singles matches on the second through fifth courts. Allanic narrowly edged Commerford in the first set, 7-6, before moving on to win the second set, 6-1, at the No. 2 spot. Ghriskey defeated Steven Patrick in decisive fashion, 6-0, 6-2, as the third seed. Sophomore Vasily Kichigin and junior Zack Lewis both earned 6-4, 6-4 wins over their opponents in the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

Winthrop (2-2) earned victories on the first and sixth courts.

C of C next faces Bethune-Cookman on Friday at 2:30 pm in Daytona Beach, Fla.