Samford gets second SoCon win with shutout of Cougars

CHARLESTON, S.C. ---- The Samford softball team shutout College of Charleston, 2-0, Saturday in the Southern Conference series finale. The Bulldogs grabbed their second league win of the season and improved to 11-21 overall and 2-10 in conference play. Charleston falls to 13-17 overall and 3-5 in SoCon play.

"This was just a great effort all the way around," Samford head coach Beanie Ketcham said. "We executed well today. We only had six hits but we made them count. Stephanie (Royall) had a great outing and the defense stepped up and made some clutch plays. I was very proud of their performance."

Samford first got on the board in the top of the third inning when Aaren Fisher doubled down the left field line to drive in Anna Kimbrell from second base. The Bulldogs then added one more run in the top of the seventh inning as Amanda Jordan scored on a ground out by Kayla Shaffer.

Kimbrell led the Bulldogs in the game with a 2-for-3 appearance at the plate. She also scored one of Samford's runs while Jordan scored the other. Fisher, Amanda Barrs, Alex Adams and Amy Gonzalez each recorded a hit while Fisher and Shaffer were credited with Samford's two RBI.

Stephanie Royall (6-4) pitched her fourth complete game and third shutout of the season, giving up five hits while walking three batters and recording one strikeout.

Amber Shifflett, Kristi Woodall, Amanda Lonergan, Kristy Giragosian and Hillary Stringer recorded the five Cougar hits in the game. Terri Mesko (5-7) gave up two earned runs on six hits in seven innings of play. She walked one batter and struck out one.

Samford will be back in action on Wednesday, April 7, when the Bulldogs take to the road to meet up with Auburn at Jane B. Moore Field on the Auburn University campus at 6 p.m.