C of C softball caps regular season with 10th straight win

MOUNT PLEASANT - The College of Charleston softball team capped its regular season with a 4-1 victory over Towson on Saturday at Patriots Point, marking the Cougars' third consecutive Colonial Athletic Association series sweep and 10th consecutive win overall.

CofC (40-14, 14-4) amassed 40 wins for the fourth time in program history and first time since the 2005 team appeared in the NCAA regionals.

The Cougars finished the regular season in second place after new rival James Madison similarly swept its final regular season series, locking up the No. 1 seed and hosting rights for next week's CAA championships. The Dukes and Cougars will be joined by No. 3 and 4 seeds Hofstra and Towson at JMU starting Wednesday.

Saturday's win was celebrated with Senior Day as the Cougars commemorated the outstanding careers of Lizzy Vaughn, Carly Corthell, Jen Rosene, Katie O'Brien, Maria Zavala and Kelsey Hodgson.

The Cougars won in come-from-behind fashion as Charleston found itself trailing after the fourth inning for the first time on the current 10-game winning streak.

Valerie Cassell and Vaughn provided the heroics with offensive fireworks as part of a four-run, five-hit rally in the sixth which propelled the Cougars to the win.

Charleston outhit Towson 8-4 on the day led by Cassell and Rebecca Mueller with two hits apiece, in addition to Vaughn, Corthell, Mackenzie Maples and Chandler Frisbie adding base knocks.

Charleston Southern pulled off the come-from-behind 4-3 win in the first game, while Campbell rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh in the 5-0 nightcap win as the Buccaneers and Camels split on Saturday afternoon at the CSU Softball Field.

Both games featured a comeback victory as Charleston Southern rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win on Brooke Holcomb's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh. Brittany Bruce sparked the comeback in the top of the seventh in game two for the Camels with a solo home run off reliever Jennifer Giles, as Campbell overcame a 3-0 deficit to even the series with the 5-3 victory.

Charleston Southern moved to 23-30-1, 9-12 overall in Big South play following the split, while Campbell is now 28-25, 12-10 in conference action heading into Sunday's regular-season finale for both teams.

CSU will recognize their seven 2014 seniors in a pregame ceremony Sunday as Ari Tedesco, Morgan Dowdy, Jessica Brock, Lizzy Olmstead, Stephanie Sbardella, Hayes Holdsworth and Lauren Darden will play their final game at the CSU Softball Field with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.

Tiffany Sisk claimed a thrilling event victory in the shot put and Christa Horrocks earned all-CAA honors in the 400- meter dash to lead the College of Charleston track and field team on the final day of competition at the CAA Championships in Harrisonburg, Va.

The College finished seventh overall. Delaware placed first.

The Charleston Tribe defeated Savannah Christian, 9-5, Saturday to win the 2014 South Carolina Independent Lacrosse League Championship.