CofC falls to Delaware in softball

The College of Charleston softball team’s late-game comeback fell short as the Cougars were defeated by Delaware, 3-2, Sunday at Patriots Point.

CofC (19-19, 4-5 CAA) could not figure out Blue Hens pitcher Carolyn Szymanski, as she no-hit the Cougars the first four innings. Taylor DuPree broke up the no-hit bid in the fifth with an infield single to third base.

The Blue Hens struck early, plating runs off of RBI singles from Heather Oakley and Mariah Kondravey in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.

The College had the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning after two walks and a hit by pitch but could not put together a clutch two-out hit.

Delaware extended its lead to 3-0 in the fifth inning after a leadoff triple from Leanna Gearhart and an RBI single from Jessica Grisler.

The College attempted a late-game rally in the bottom of the seventh that started with a walk by Allison Pedigo. With two outs, Taylor DuPree doubled down the right-field line and cut the Blue Hen lead to 2-1.

Mackenzie Maples then singled up the middle and plated DuPree from second, bringing the score to 3-2 and the winning run to the plate. A groundout ended the game and the rally chance for CofC.

The College of Charleston women’s golf team fired a final-round 299 (+11) to finish 13th overall at the 18th annual Bryan National Collegiate on Sunday at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center in Greensboro, N.C.

It tied as the fourth-lowest round of the day as the Cougars climbed one spot in the 18-team field comprised of 11 Top 50-ranked schools including five in the Top 20. CofC turned in a three-round score of 311-313-299—923 (+59) and beat out the likes of North Carolina (+70) in 14th, No. 45 GRU Augusta (+71) in 15th, Penn State (+76) in 16th, UNCW (+115) in 17th and UNCG (+134) in 18th.

Leading the way for the Cougars was sophomore Laura Fuenfstueck who shot even par with four birdies in the final round to tie for sixth individually. She carded rounds of 75-75-72—222 (+6) over the course of three days of play. It marked her fifth Top 10 finish in eight starts this season. Five of the seven top finishers on the individual leaderboard with Fuenfstueck are currently ranked among the Top 100 players in the country.

Junior Louise Olsson also contributed to the team’s low round with a three-birdie, 1-over par final-round 73. She tied for 43rd (+16), while senior C.C. Buford (San Antonio, Texas) eagled the par-5, 11th to card a 4-over par 76 on the final day of tournament play (tied for 57th).

No. 12 Virginia won a two-hole playoff for the team title after tying No. 13 and co-host Wake Forest with a three-round score of 900 (+36). Virginia’s Briana Mao, ranked No. 85 nationally, claimed individual medalist honors shooting an even-par 216.

The College of Charleston men’s golf team finished 10th after shooting a final-round 310 at the Mason Rudolph Championship on Sunday at the par-71 Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

The Cougars’ top finisher was senior Zach Munroe, who tied for 27th individually at 9-over par after a five-birdie, final-round 74. Each round was met with difficulty for all 14 teams and 81 players as the average score on Sunday was 75.44.

Eight Top 50-ranked schools were among the field as CofC carded a three-round score of 297-293-310—900 (+48) topping Notre Dame (+56) in 11th, Mercer (+61) in 12th, Ball State (+62) in 13th and Indiana (+64) in 14th. No. 6-ranked and host Vanderbilt won the team tournament title with a 6-under par 846. The Commodores also won the individual title behind 6-under par scorecards turned in by No. 45-ranked Matthias Schwab and No. 7-ranked Hunter Stewart.