Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (April 12, 2003) - The College of Charleston combined for 25 hits, including five from Jacquie Rothey and six from Keyta Lawson to sweep the East Tennessee State Bucs, 6-1 and 12-4, in softball action this afternoon at Patriots Point.
The Cougars improve to 33-5 overall and 10-1 in the SoCon. They increase their home-winning streak to 23 games and have won their last seven in a row and last 23 of 24. East Tennessee State falls to 16-18 and 3-7.
The College of Charleston started its scoring early in the first game, bringing in two runs in the bottom of the first inning after Amanda Cone doubled in Lawson and Rothey. The Bucs answered with a run in the second when a single by Rhea Holler (Peoria, Ariz.) drove in Lindsay Lane (Erwin, Tenn.). That would be it for Bucs as the Cougars shut them out the rest of the way.
The Cougars scored again in the fourth and fifth with a run each. Rothey hit one of her three doubles to bring home Brooke Flowers in the fourth and Lawson singled to bring in Melissa Creeger in the fifth.
Two more runs would come across the plate for Charleston in the sixth when Jessica Schwartzkopf doubled in pinch-runner Lindsay Ellis and Creeger doubled to send home Schwartzkopf as the Cougars took the 6-1 lead.
Rachel Stern improved to 18-1, giving up just four hits and no earned runs. Tiffany McVay (Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.) pitched 5.1 innings to take the loss and drop to 9-6 on the year.
The Cougars fell down 4-0 after the first two innings of the second game. East Tennessee State ‘s Lane singled in McVay to go up 1-0 in the first inning. The second inning saw the Bucs score three when Holler doubled to send Jessica Lonsinger (Dale City, Va.) home and Dani Spetar (Knoxville, Tenn.) singled in Sheryl Clark (Brandenton, Fla.). Holler scored on a wild pitch and the inning ended with ETSU leading 4-0.
Charleston's Rothey drove in Lawson in the third to cut the margin to 3-1.
The Cougar offense exploded in the fourth inning for eight runs off six hits. LeShe Russell pinch-hit and singled to bring in Lauren Rabun and Rothey walked in the next runner with bases loaded. Cone was hit by the pitcher to send home Russell and Schwartzkopf's single the next at-bat drove in two more runs. Rabun, in her second outing of the inning doubled in Cone. Bridget Loudermilk pinch-hit and singled for two RBI to tale up the score to 9-4 after the fourth inning.
Flowers drove in Lawson in the fifth and scored after the left fielder threw the ball in the dugout trying to make the put-out at third to increase the lead by two runs. The final run came after Schwartzkopf singled in pinch-runner Mallory Davis to invoke the eight-run rule.
Natalie Smith started the game, left in the second inning and came back in the third to take the win and go 8-2 on the year. Jennifer Fraser (Chattanoog, Tenn.) came in relief for the Bucs and takes the loss to fall to 5-9.
Rothey led the Cougar effort, going five-for-six with three RBI. Schwartzkopf went four-for-seven with four RBI, while Lawson was six-for-nine on the day. Lane led the Bucs, going three-for-six on the day with one RBI. Holler followed with a two-for-four effort and two RBI.
The series concludes Sunday with a 1:00 pm single game at Patriots Point.