Cougars in contention with 12-stroke lead at CAA Championship

For the second straight day, the College of Charleston men’s golf team shot 5-over par with a second-round 293 to take a 12-shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round at the 2015 CAA Men’s Golf Championship at The Founders Club at St. James Plantation.

The Cougars, defending tournament champions, are 10-over for the tournament followed by James Madison (+22) in second, UNCW (+23) in third, William & Mary, Elon and Delaware (+26) tied for fourth, Drexel (+33) in seventh, Towson (+41) in eighth and Hofstra (+69) in ninth.

Junior John Jonas shot even par in the second round and is the current individual leader at 2-under. Junior Josh Lorenzetti is third at +1, sophomore William Rainey 11th at +5, senior Zach Munroe tied for 14th at +7 and freshman Anthony Gabriele tied for 39th at +16.

The College of Charleston softball team defeated UNC Wilmington, 3-1, Saturday night behind a complete game from pitcher Samantha Martin.

Martin scattered three hits over the first six innings off the ballgame in a dominant pitching effort to give the Cougars (23-25, 6-10) a much-needed Colonial Athletic Association victory to keep them alive for the CAA Tournament in two weeks.

After a pitch hit Mackenzie Maples, the Cougars jumped out to an early 2-0 lead behind a two-run homer by junior Rebecca Mueller in the bottom of the first inning. The homer was Mueller’s fifth of 2015 and moves her into a tie for second on the team.

A pitcher’s duel ensued over the next three innings with Martin and Seahawk pitcher Peyton Jordan taking turns shutting down the opposing teams’ batters.

Freshman Taylor DuPree etched herself in the CofC record books in the bottom of the third after she reached on an error. Her 25 stolen bases in 2015 set a new school record for most stolen bases in a single season. Carly Corthell held the previous record of 24, which she accumulated in 2011.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Cougars tacked on another run off of the bat of Maples. The senior captain drove in Brianna Davis on a two-out double to right-center, extending the CofC lead to 3-0.

After scattering three hits and striking out two through the first six innings, Martin gave up her only run of the day in the top of the seventh inning. A pinch-hit home run by Brittane Gasser broke up the shutout, but Martin sat down the rest of the Seahawks for her eighth complete game of the season.

Charleston Southern fell in both ends of the doubleheader on Saturday as the Buccaneers closed out the 2015 regular season on the road at Longwood, dropping a 9-3 and a 13-0 decision to the Lancers in Farmville, Va.

Stevi Johnson connected on a three-run home run in the first game of the doubleheader and the sophomore from Visalia, Calif., made her pitching debut in the circle hurling an inning of shutout relief in the second game to highlight the Charleston Southern efforts on the weekend.

The South Carolina track and field team closed out competition at the Penn Relays Saturday, capping one of the most successful trips to the meet in program history. The men competed in three Championship of America relay finals, and the field events posted two more top-five finishers.

Clemson’s Tevin Hester blew through the finish line for first in the men’s 100-dash final (10.14), besting his previous personal record and topping the seventh-best time in Clemson record books. He was one of three performances ranking in Clemson’s top-10 on Saturday in the Penn Relays.