USC’s Dambaugh named SEC Golfer of the Week

South Carolina sophomore Katelyn Dambaugh earned SEC Golfer of the Week honors.

South Carolina sophomore Katelyn Dambaugh earned SEC Golfer of the Week honors after shooting a 66 and capturing fifth place at the PING/ASU Invitational.

The result at last weekend’s PING/ASU Invitational is Dambaugh’s second top-five finish of the season. The former Pinewood Prep standout wrapped up the event with a 54-hole total of 213 (-3). The tournament featured one of the toughest fields of the season with the top five teams in the nation competing along with 15 of the country’s top individuals.

Dambaugh fired a collegiate-best 66 in the second round to become just the seventh Gamecock in school history to shoot 66 or lower. Her efforts helped the Gamecocks tie for fourth at the event, extending the team’s top five streak to 15 in regular season stroke play events.

The Gamecocks’ top finisher in two of four spring events, Dambaugh holds a season scoring average of 73.70. She also owns a career scoring average of 73.69. Last season, Dambaugh twice earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors.

The Citadel’s Kellie Anderson fired a final-round team-low 76 and capped off her final collegiate appearance in the Southern Conference Championships at Savannah Quarters in Pooler, Ga., with a three-day total 238, +22.

Anderson overcame scores of 82 and 80 to tie Allyson Dunn (East Tennessee State) for 37th at the event and was part of a Citadel unit that closed out the tournament ninth with a three-day total of 966 (326-323-317; +102).

Eraina Manor, who placed 36th at the tournament, came away as the highest Bulldog finisher as she accumulated a 236 (+20). Manor’s scorecard included rounds of 75, 82 and 79.

Furman shot a 285 on Tuesday as part of a tournament-record 54-hole score of 858 to claim the 2015 SoCon Women’s Golf Championship and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.

Charleston Southern’s Marketa Placha was named the Big South Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Placha finished the 2015 regular season with a 14-1 overall record at no. 1 singles and 12-3 in doubles with teammate Sophie Cloessner on her way to garnering the Big South’s top individual honors. She led the Buccaneers to their second straight regular-season title as the Bucs went 8-1 in the conference to earn the top seed in the 2015 Big South Championships.

Placha recorded a 13-match singles winning streak during the season. She earned Big South Women’s Tennis Player of the Week once this season and captured six first-place votes and 14 points for Player of the Year honors.

Placha and teammate Yvonne Hubler both earned All-Conference Singles accolades. Hubler and Nicolin Luecke, and Angelica Sidorenko and Mi’Kola Cooper, all earned All-Conference doubles accolades.

College of Charleston’s top-seeded women’s tandem of senior Jenny Falcone and junior Katherine Schofield were named the CAA Women’s Tennis Doubles Team of the Week for a second consecutive week.

The duo went 3-0 at the top doubles spot last week to move up one spot in the national rankings, appearing 79th in the most recent ITA poll. The pair clinched the doubles point in the team’s final home match of the year, a 5-2 victory over Georgia Southern, with an 8-6 victory over Mary Smith and Anne Kurzwell on Apr. 8. They followed it up with an 8-7(5) win over Elon’s Kirsten Ward and Barbora Lazarova to clinch the doubles point and help the Cougars slip past the Phoenix, 4-3. They ended the regular season with another 8-6 victory, this time over JMU’s Taylor Pinchoff and Alex Huie. The Cougars edged the Dukes, 4-3, to finish the season with a 4-1 CAA mark and earn the No. 2 seed in the CAA Championships, which begins on Thursday in Williamsburg, Va.

Tickets for the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Championship to be held on May 20-23 at Patriots Point will go on sale at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Entire tournament passes will be sold for $30 (adult) and $20 (youth | ages 18 and under), while single day passes will cost $12 (adult) and $10 (youth).

Students attending CAA schools receive free admission with valid identification.

Tickets can be purchased online through CofCSports.com, by phone at (843) 953-COFC (2632), or in person at the box office of the TD Arena.

Dependent on team seeding, there will be three games per day Wednesday, May 20, through Friday, May 22, leading up to the championship game on Saturday, May 23 at 1 p.m.

Wednesday’s scheduled baseball game between The Citadel and Liberty was postponed due to the high probability of rain in the Charleston area.

The contest has been tentatively rescheduled for May 6 at 5 p.m.

The Bulldogs are back in action Friday at 6 p.m. when they open a three-game Southern Conference series at UNCG.

The College of Charleston rebounded from its three-game losing streak over the weekend with a 9-1 victory in five innings over Charleston Southern on Tuesday.

CofC (21-22, 4-8 CAA) defeated Charleston Southern less than a week ago by the same score in five innings on a season-high 15 hits. The Cougars picked up 12 hits on Tuesday to plate nine runs with four players having multi-hit performances and eight recording at least one hit.

Sophomore Samantha Martin (9-8) was particularly impressive in the circle, striking out seven of her first 14 batters she faced. She allowed only one earned run on two hits in four innings of work and struck out multiple batters in three of the four innings she pitched. Martin now leads the Cougar staff in strikeouts this season with 102.

Charleston Southern (27-20) got on the board first after Marci Christian blasted a solo-home run over left field to give CSU an early 1-0 lead.

CofC responded quickly in the bottom half of the inning after freshman Taylor DuPree hit a leadoff single and got to second on a throwing error. One batter later, junior Rebecca Mueller singled to left field and brought in DuPree to tie the game at 1-1.

The College would not be done there as Carly Hansis blasted her fourth homer of the season the next at-bat, giving the Cougars a 3-1 lead after the first inning.

The Cougars would pick up another three runs in the bottom of the second but mainly off of mistakes by Charleston Southern. Two runs in the inning came off of bases-loaded walks while the third run was brought in on a sacrifice fly by senior Allison Pedigo, giving the Cougars a commanding 6-1 lead after two innings.

CofC added two more runs in the fourth. Sophomore Katie Padilla and junior Chandler Frisbie led off the fourth with back-to-back singles followed by Pedigo getting hit by a pitch to load the bases. Freshmen Sara Garcia followed with a one-out single over the shortstop plating two more Cougar runs and bringing the lead to 8-1.

Senior Alex Pizzoli entered the game in the fifth inning and worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam to preserve the Cougars’ 8-1 lead. Rebecca Mueller scored from third on a bases-loaded wild pitch to end the game in run-rule fashion 9-1 after five innings.