Cougars’ Bryan third in CAA tourney

— College of Charleston’s Mary Chandler Bryan is tied for third individually after shooting 4-over par in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association women’s golf championship held at the par-72 Reserve Club at St. James Plantation.

Bryan birdied the par-5 17th in the opening round and leads the field in pars made (13). Junior Laura Fuenfstueck is tied for 17th at +9 and senior Morgan Webber is tied for 1st (+10).

UNCW’s Meghan Theiss was the only golfer in the 40-player field to break par with a 1-under 71 in the first round.

The Seahawks are on top of the team leaderboard at +19, followed by Elon in second (+21), William & Mary third (+25) and C of C and Delaware tied for fifth (+35).

The College of Charleston team fell twice to ranked opponents on the opening day of the Florida State Tournament in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Cougars dropped their morning match, 5-0, to No. 9 Georgia State before being handed a 5-0 defeat by No. 17 Tulane.

Charleston will face North Florida and Florida State on Saturday.

Stevi Johnson and Natalie Yonan both homered in support of a dominant performance on the mound by Arizona Pilgrim as Charleston Southern took the series opener from Winthrop, 8-0, in Rock Hill.

Johnson connected on a solo homer to lead off the top of the second inning, sparking a four-run frame by the Bucs, while Yonan’s three-run blast in the fifth inning capped the scoring for CSU (19-24, 7-8 Big South).

Pilgrim (8-4) went the distance, scattering four hits, all singles, while striking out three.

Charleston Southern women’s head coach Fred Applin announced the signing of Aliyah Abney to a national letter of intent as the Buccaneers continue to bolster their 2016-2017 signing class.

Abney, a 5-7 guard from Orlando, Florida, starred at Freedom High School under coach D’Nay Daniels over the past four years, culminating in earning the 2016 Metro Player of the Year honors after averaging 25 points, eight rebounds and three steals per game.