The second-seeded College of Charleston softball team suffered an 8-4 setback to third-seed Hofstra in the opening round of the CAA Championships on Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Park on the campus of tournament-host James Madison.

After the loss, CofC (40-15) falls to the losers' bracket where the Cougars will meet fourth-seed Towson in the first of four must-win games in order to be crowned champions. The Cougars and Tigers will meet on Thursday.

The Cougars have found success in the elimination bracket in recent years, posting an 11-3 record in elimination games in CofC's former Southern Conference tournament over the past three seasons.

College of Charleston senior shortstop Lizzy Vaughn was named the Colonial Athletic Association co-Defensive Player of the Year, while eight other Cougars earned yearly honors at the CAA Championship Banquet on Tuesday night Harrisonburg, Va.

Vaughn, in addition to Defensive POTY honors, also was named a first-team all-CAA selection, along with CofC third baseman Kelsey Hodgson, pitcher Hope Klicker and utility player Carly Hansis.

Furman head coach Ron Smith announced Wednesday that pitching coach Mike Ranson, who had spent the past two seasons with the Paladins, will be leaving the program. No reason was given for Ranson's departure.

Smith said volunteer assistant coach Landon Powell would take over as interim pitching. Powell is a former major leaguer who helped South Carolina to three straight College World Series trips from 2002-04.