KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Charleston Southern's late rally came up short in the early contest, and then the Buccaneers fell to No. 5/5 Tennessee in seeded-play in the afternoon as CSU dropped both Saturday games at the Tennessee Invitational.
CSU fell to Toledo, 4-3, in eight innings after rallying to force extra innings in the bottom of the seventh. The Bucs dropped a 6-3 decision to the Volunteers in the late game with Sarah Brown providing the early fireworks with a three-run home run to highlight CSU's offensive efforts in the game.
The Bucs (13-7) saw their losing streak reach four games on the year as CSU fell to 0-4 on the weekend at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. Jade Gandara and Sarah Brown both recorded hits in each game to highlight CSU's offensive efforts, while Kendall Anderson finished the day with three stolen bases.
Toledo 4, Charleston Southern 3 (8 inn.)
Charleston Southern scored three runs in the top of the seventh to force the game into extra innings, but the Bucs were unable to get over the hump in completing the comeback. Kaitlyn Bergman brought home the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single to secure Toledo's (8-3) second win of the weekend.
CSU took advantage of a pair of Rockets' errors to tie the game up in the top of the seventh and send the contest into extra innings. Destini Ewing opened the inning by reaching on an error and then Madison Koger reached on a fielder's choice that featured a second Toledo error in the frame. A groundout advanced both runners into scoring position before Annie Bakenhus' RBI single brought home the first CSU run.
Two batters later, Jade Gandara singled in Koger with a base hit to right field to cut the Toledo lead down to 3-2. Mallory Kasinger followed with a single to right scoring Bakenhus and tying the game up at 3-3.
After both sides went scoreless over the next frame, Toledo pushed the game-winning run across the plate in the bottom of the eighth. Ami Ill reached on a one-out infield single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. A groundout moved her to third before she touched home on Bergman's single to end the game.
Holly Clark (4-3) suffered the loss in the circle after going the final 3.2 innings in relief. Clark allowed two hits and a run in the loss. Arizona Pilgrim went the first four innings allowing three hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out one in the no-decision.
Kailey Minarchick (5-1) went the distance in the circle for the Rockets with the junior right-hander allowing six hits and three runs (two earned), while striking out three in the win.
Samantha Golden drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second. Two innings later, Megan Choate brought home a run with a double up the middle, and then scored on a stolen base and throwing error combination to stake the Rockets to the 3-0 lead.
Annie Bakenhus led the Bucs' bats at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance with a run scored and an RBI.
No. 5/5 Tennessee 6, Charleston Southern 3
The Volunteers overcame Sarah Brown's early three-run home run by placing runners on base in every inning on their way to topping the Buccaneers for the second time in the weekend.
Brown connected on a three-run home run to left center off Tennessee starter Caylan Arnold (9-0) to stake the Bucs to the early lead. Jade Gandara sparked the offense with a one-out single up the middle. Mallory Kasinger followed by reaching on a fielding error to third prior to Brown's three-run shot.
Tennessee (20-1) took one back in the bottom of the first with Ashley Morgan reached on a bases-loaded fielder's choice allowing Jenna Holcomb to score against CSU starter Nicole Ayala.
The Volunteers tied it up in the bottom of the second with Holcomb singling in Amanda Ayala and Meghan Gregg's fielder's choice bringing home CJ McClain to even the game up at 3-3.
UT put the go-ahead runs across the plate in the bottom of the fourth against reliever Emily Visnic (0-1). Chelsea Seggern connected on the big hit in the frame with a two-run triple scoring Holcomb and Treasuary Poindexter to put the Volunteers ahead 5-3. Morgan followed with an RBI single scoring Seggern to give the Volunteers the three-run advantage.
News & Notes
- Sarah Brown's three-run home run made her the third Buccaneer with at least five home runs this season as the freshman connected on her fifth shot in the first inning against Tennessee.
- Hannah Cannon made her first collegiate start at catcher against the Volunteers.
- Nicole Ayala made her first start of the 2018 season in the circle on Saturday afternoon against the Volunteers.
- Kendall Anderson's three stolen bases moved her into second on the Bucs' roster in 2018. Anderson (7) passed Annie Bakenhus (6) to sit second on the roster behind Meghan Gagliano (12).
- The Bucs have struggled defensively against the Volunteers this weekend with CSU posting eight errors, four in each game, against Tennessee.
Charleston Southern takes on Toledo for the second time this weekend on Sunday morning as the Bucs will face the Rockets in the consolation game at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. First pitch is set for 9:30 a.m.