Drayton Siegling Pitches Cougars Past Chippewas

Former Hanahan High Ace Stellar In CofC Debut

By: CofC Sports Media

Freshman Drayton Siegling made her first career start a memorable one, blanking Central Michigan over six innings to lead the College of Charleston to a 3-1 win in the final game of the Cougar Classic at Patriots Point.

The Cougars won four games in the tournament, marking the fourth time in six seasons under head coach Linda Kalafatis that Charleston has taken at least four of its first five contests.

Siegling, who helped lead Hanahan High School to the past two South Carolina state titles, allowed only five hits and did not walk a batter while striking out one. She worked a pair of 1-2-3 innings and escaped a jam after surrendering a one-out double in the fourth.

Chandler Sparkman took over in the seventh and gave up the lone Chippewa run before closing it out for her first save as a Cougar. She joined Izzy Berouty and Kylie Burke with saves over the weekend.

Brittany Vicary provided the offensive spark for Charleston, driving in a pair of runs in the third to break up a scoreless game. Madi Brown, Dexlie Inman and Kelly Sinclair singled to load the bases with one out before Vicary lined a single to left to give the Cougars the lead. The sophomore left fielder drove in nine runs in the tournament with six hits including two doubles and two triples.

Charleston added another run in the fourth on a double by Gracyn Thrasher and a single by Noel Dominguez that plated pinch runner Jordan Barcus. It was the first career hit and RBI for the freshman third baseman.

The Cougars travel to Florida next weekend to participate in a tournament co-hosted by Jacksonville and North Florida. Charleston will play Northern Iowa twice and has single games against South Dakota State and the host Dolphins and Ospreys.

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