CofC sweeps Loyola Marymount in softball

The College of Charleston softball team swept its doubleheader against Loyola Marymount, winning 4-3 and 7-4, Friday at Smith Field in Los Angeles.

Hope Klicker pitched a complete game and struck out 10 in the opener. The Cougars got home runs from Carly Hansis and Mackenzie Maples.

Samantha Martin (4-1) picked up her fourth victory in the second game. Carly Hansis and Sara Garcia each added two RBIs.

Cheyenne Gandara connected on two-run home runs in both ends of the doubleheader on the opening day of the Carolina Classic in Columbia as Charleston Southern fell to No. 24 South Alabama, 3-2, in the early game, and 10-3 in the nightcap against tournament host South Carolina.

The home runs, Gandara’s sixth and seventh of the 2015 season, tie her with teammate Marci Christian for the CSU lead and Big South lead over the first four weekends of the season.

Charleston Southern (3-1) fell for the first time in the 2015 season as the Buccaneers dropped a tight match to No. 74 South Alabama, 4-3, Friday at the Fair Oaks Tennis Center in Marietta, Ga.

Marketa Placha, Yvonne Hubler and Mi’Kola Cooper all recorded singles wins on the afternoon, but the Jaguars took the doubles point and wins on courts 3, 4 and 6 to take the victory.

The Citadel track and field teams had five athletes advance to finals on day one of the Southern Conference Indoor Championships at the Crossplex Facility in Birmingham, Ala.

Freshman Devin Singleton finished first in his heat in the 400 meters with a time of 49.27 to qualify for finals on Saturday. Tevin Williams posted his season-best time with a mark of 50.63 while Corey Williams earned his career-best time of 51.37.

Emani Little clocked in at 58.51 in the 400 meters to earn her season-best time and qualify for finals along with teammate Sarah Johnson, who qualified with a season-best mark of 58.83.

Tanisha Bethel ran her season-best time in the 200 meters to advance to finals with a time of 25.53.

In field events, Mick Noel earned second place in the high jump with a career-best jump of 6’5”.

Charleston Southern freshman Jasmine Pilgrim finished fourth in the 60-meter dash finals to lead the Bucs on day two of the 2015 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C. CSU finished seventh as a team with 37 points, while Coastal Carolina secured the conference championship.

The Bucs finished ahead of Winthrop and UNC Asheville. Coastal Carolina topped the field with 196.50 points, with Liberty trailing behind with 140.