Cougars rally past Mountaineers

The College of Charleston softball team overcame a 4-0 deficit in the first inning to defeat Appalachian State, 12-4, in five innings.

Senior Hope Klicker earned her third win of the season, striking out three and not surrendering a walk in four innings.

The Cougars surrendered four runs on four hits and two errors to fall in a quick hole. But the bats would come alive in the bottom of the third when the Cougars would string together five straight singles, plating three runs. The Cougars regained the lead at 6-4 after Sara Garcia blasted a three-run homer to left field.

College of Charleston extended the lead to 8-4 in the fourth inning after a pitch hit Chandler Frisbie with the bases loaded and Morganne Parker tagged up from third base on a sacrifice fly by Garcia.

The Cougars scored four more runs to end the game, despite only having one hit in the fifth inning. Garcia had four RBIs, while Katie Padilla and Chandler Frisbie had two apiece.

Charleston is next at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles for a doubleheader on Friday.

Charleston Southern split with visiting Tennessee Tech on the final day of the Willie Jewell’s Invitational, falling in the first game to the Golden Eagles, 6-4, while rallying behind a pair of Marci Christian home runs to top the Golden Eagles in the nightcap, 8-5.

The Buccaneers went 4-1 on the weekend with a sweep over N.C. A&T and wins over UNC Wilmington and Tennessee Tech in improving to 9-4 overall on the year.

Christian, a senior first baseman, homered twice for the second time in as many days, connecting on a solo shot in the bottom of the third before hitting the go-ahead three-run blast in the bottom of the sixth to clinch the win.

Stevi Johnson hit her first home run of the season, finishing the afternoon with a team-high four hits to go with three runs and one RBI.

Cheyenne Gandara struck out 10 batters for the second time in as many starts, while Jennifer Giles recorded her third win of the season for the Bucs.

Charleston Southern is next at the Carolina Classic hosted by South Carolina on Friday.

The Citadel closed out the regular season with a gritty 22-15 loss at No. 25 North Carolina.

The Bulldogs (7-6) got victories from Joe Bexley (heavyweight), Joaquin Marquez (125 pounds), Matt Frisch (149) and Aaron Walker.

North Carolina (11-6) led 19-15 going to the final match at 165, securing the victory when 10th-rnked Ethan Ramos beat Kenneth Radford, 9-6.

The Citadel now turns its attention to the Southern Conference championships in Asheville, N.C., on March 7.

Charleston Southern won its second straight match on the road this weekend as the Buccaneers swept Wofford, 7-0, in Spartanburg.

CSU swept all three doubles matches and won five of the six singles matches in straight sets to improve to 3-0, while Wofford falls to 4-4.

Angelica Sidorenko and Mi’Kola Cooper started the Bucs off with an 8-2 win to open doubles play, while Nicolin Luecke and Yvonne Hubler clinched the point for the Bucs with an 8-3 win at No. 2. Marketa Placha and Sophie Cloessner closed out doubles play with an 8-5 win at No. 3.

Sidorenko won 6-2, 6-1 in No. 3 singles, followed by Valeria Koussenkova’s 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 6. Cooper followed up with a 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 5 to clinch the Bucs’ victory. Hubler had a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 2, while Placha won 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 1 and Luecke won 3-6, 6-4, 10-5 at No. 4.

Charleston Southern is next at Kennesaw State on March 1.

Charleston touring tennis professional Shelby Rogers will face second-ranked Maria Sharapova on Monday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the $250,000 WTA Tour tournament in Acapulco, Mexico. Rogers is currently ranked 80th in the world.

The College of Charleston women’s golf team is eighth after two rounds at the Westbrook Spring Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin on Sunday at the par-72 Westbrook Village Golf Club in Peoria, Ariz.

The Cougars shot 7-over par 583. Tennessee fired an 8-under 568 and Oregon a 3-under 573. The Cougars’ Laura Fuenfstueck is tied for eighth individually, firing a 2-under par 142.