CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern split on the second day of the Willie Jewell's Invitational as the Buccaneers won the opener against Maryland Eastern Shore, 5-1, before falling in the nightcap against South Dakota, 8-2.
Jade Gandara paced CSU (2-1) with three hits and four RBI on the day, while Annie Bakenhus scored a team-high three runs. The Bucs were also paced by Rhiana Hubbard and Sarah Brown's first doubles of the season in the win over UMES.
Arizona Pilgrim (1-1) hurled her second complete game in as many days with the senior right-hander going the distance against South Dakota. Holly Clark (1-0) and Alyssa Heinrich both made their debuts in the circle against UMES.
Game One: Charleston Southern 5, Maryland Eastern Shore 1
Charleston Southern plated runs in the first, third, fourth, and sixth innings in a balanced attack against UMES (0-2) on Saturday afternoon. The Buccaneers were aided by a trio of RBI by Jade Gandara in CSU's win over the Hawks.
Holly Clark picked up her first win of the season in a 4.0 inning relief effort. The junior right-hander surrendered four hits and struck out two. Alyssa Heinrich went the first three innings allowing three hits and an unearned run in the no-decision.
Gandara went 2-of-3 from the plate with a trio of RBI in the win. Rhiana Hubbard and Sarah Brown both added their first doubles of the season, while Annie Bakenhus and Brooklynn Brewington both picked up stolen bases.
Jordan Robinson and Breana Florez had multi-hit games for the Hawks. Their efforts came in support of pitchers Nasya Goodman (0-2) and LeAnn Gingrich as the pitching duo surrendered seven hits, five runs, and nine walks over the seven-inning contest.
How They Scored
- UMES took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Florez singled up the middle scoring Robinson.
- CSU responded in similar fashion in the bottom half of the frame as Caitlyn Emberson's bouncing single up the middle brought home Annie Bakenhus to tie the game at 1-1.
- Gandara followed Hubbard's one-out double to centerfield with a single down the right field line scoring the fleet-footed freshman and putting CSU in the lead in the bottom of the third.
- Brewington and Gandara extended the CSU lead in the bottom of the fourth with the freshman's sacrifice fly scoring Christi Takac, while Gandara's bases-loaded walk scored Madison Koger to stretch the lead to 4-1.
- Gandara's third RBI of the contest came in the bottom of the sixth as the senior's base hit up the middle scored Bakenhus.
- Clark struck out two of the final three batters to close out the contest and secure the Charleston Southern win.
Game Two: South Dakota 8, Charleston Southern 2
Dustie Durham hurled a complete game in the circle and went 3-of-3 from the plate with three RBI to highlight South Dakota's 8-2 win over Charleston Southern on Friday evening.
The Bucs struggled to string hits together against Durham (1-1) as CSU put together eight singles and drew three walks while striking out six times in the loss. Summer Moore paced the offense with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate, while Madison Koger and Caitlyn Emberson drove in both CSU runs.
Arizona Pilgrim went the distance in the losing effort. The senior right-hander allowed nine hits and eight runs (five earned) while striking out three.
Durham led the USD offense with a game-high three hits, while Alyssa Fernandez scored three times of the Coyotes' eight runs.
How They Scored
- Durham's first-inning triple drove home Fernandez for the first time as South Dakota took the early 1-0 lead.
- Durham's second RBI came in the top of the third as her single to centerfield brought home Ashtyn Blakeman.
- Caitlyn Emberson cut into the USD lead in the bottom of the third as the senior catcher drove home Annie Bakenhus with one out in the inning to narrow the gap, 2-1.
- Durham, Jessica Rogers, and Jamie Holscher drove in a trio of RBI in the top of the fifth inning to stretch the USD lead to 5-1.
- The Bucs scored their final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth as Koger's sacrifice fly to left field was deep enough to score Sarah Brown to narrow the gap to 5-2.
- South Dakota plated a trio of insurance runs late with Lauren Eamiguel's two-run single capping the seventh inning rally.
- Jade Gandara's two-out single was it for the Bucs in the bottom half of the inning as CSU was unable to mount a rally against Durham late.
Inside the Numbers
- Jade Gandara's trio of RBI moved her with one of tying Jana Matthews for first all-time on the CSU career RBI list. Gandara sits at 140 career – 21 shy of joining the top-10 all-time in the Big South career annals.
- Arizona Pilgrim moved into a tie for 12th all-time in CSU's complete game annals with her 16th career complete game, tying Jillian LaFrance (2007) for the mark.
- Sarah Brown and Rhiana Hubbard's stolen bases were CSU's first of the season. The Bucs recorded a program record 95 steals last year.
- Head Coach Venus Taylor picked up her 196th career victory on Friday afternoon in the win over UMES.
Charleston Southern continues the Willie Jewell's Invitational on Saturday afternoon as the Buccaneers take on Dayton (2 p.m.) and UMES (4:30 p.m.) at the CSU Softball Field.