Feb. 10, 2018
MIAMI, Fla. --South Carolina softball split games with Hofstra and FIU the second day of the Felsberg Invitational on Saturday at FIU. The Gamecocks posted an 11-0 win over the Bison in a six-inning game to start the day, but dropped a tough 3-1 game to the Panthers to close it out.
Sophomore Cayla Drotar (2-0) earned her second consecutive complete-game shutout to pick up the victory over Hofstra.
"It was definitely two different games," head coach Beverly Smith said. "Offensivley in the second I thought we were just pressing and trying to win the game with one swing. And Hofstra is a very good team. I thought we were very good at the plate. But I think the second game came down to we didn't execute well enough."
HOFSTRA RECAP --
The Gamecocks scored 11 runs the final four innings to earn the win via run-rule, including a five-run sixth inning.
Alyssa VanDerveer started the scoring effort with a powerful home run over the leftfield wall to score three and give Carolina a 3-0 lead.
Five more runs in the sixth coupled with another Drotar scoreless inning forced the run-rule and ended the game an inning early.
Drotar pitched efficiently from start to finish, throwing just 75 pitches while allowing only three hits and five runners total.
FIU RECAP --
FIU (2-2) saved one of the better strikeout pitchers in the country for Carolina in Shannon Saile, and the sophomore lived up to her billing as the team's ace with a complete game.
FIU struck first with two runs in the third and one in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead.
Carolina mounted a prideful comeback effort in the top of the seventh as Krystan White's double to centerfield scored one to cut the deficit to 3-1 before the Panthers closed the game out.
UP NEXT --
Carolina returns to action tomorrow for one final game in the Felsberg Invitational at FIU against St. John's at 9:00 AM ET. First pitch will be just 12 short hours after the conclusion of the FIU game. Live stats and updates will be provided on Twitter.
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