CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern split the Saturday doubleheader on their way to taking the Big South series over Radford this weekend as the Buccaneers fell in the first game, 3-1, before rallying in the second contest with the 9-7 victory.
Arizona Pilgrim (5-12) picked up the decision in both games for Charleston Southern (8-23, 2-1 Big South) as the Buccaneers took the series win in their Big South opening weekend over Radford (8-16, 1-2 Big South). Madison Koger added five RBI, including four runs coming in on a grand slam, while Caitlyn Emberson and Rhiana Hubbard both homered on the day.
Altogether the Bucs put together 18 hits over the two games with Summer Moore recording multi-hit efforts in both games. Brooklynn Brewington added three stolen bases on the day as CSU recorded six steals overall in the doubleheader.
Game One: Radford 3, Charleston Southern 1 (Highlights)
Radford utilized a three-run seventh inning to rally back and take the Saturday opener over the Buccaneers as Maggie Rowe's bases-clearing single proved the difference in the game.
Caitlyn Emberson homered in the fourth inning to stake the Bucs to the early lead. Her solo shot looked to be the difference in the game before the Highlanders rallied in the top of the seventh.
Rowe's single to left field bounced in front of Annie Bakenhus' feet and bounced off the CSU left fielder's glove. The ball caromed away far enough to allow Sofia Tapia, Talia Douglas, and Hunter Mundy all to cross the plate on the play and put the Highlanders in the lead.
The Bucs were unable to mount a rally in the seventh against Radford's Kayla Huffman (3-7) in the loss.
Arizona Pilgrim (4-12) suffered the loss after allowing four this and three runs (two earned) while striking out two.
How They Scored
- Emberson drilled the 0-1 offering from Huffman into the wind and over the fence in straightaway center field to put the Buccaneers ahead in the bottom of the fourth.
- Rowe cleared the bases after jumping on the first pitch from Pilgrim in the seventh with a single and error scoring three runs to secure the Highlanders win.
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SB E4 | CSU 1, RAD 0— CSU Game Day (@CSUGameDay) March 16, 2019
BACK...BACK...BACK...IT'S GONE!!@caityygirl21 puts it into the wind and next to the CF camera well to put the Bucs on the board with her fifth HR of the season pic.twitter.com/G4dYeVqdCD
Game Two: Charleston Southern 9, Radford 7 (Highlights)
Madison Koger drove in five runs, four of which came on a first-inning grand slam, and Rhiana Hubbard connected on her first collegiate home run as the Buccaneers rallied back from an early deficit to top Radford in the series finale.
Koger's grand slam erased a 4-0 hole the Bucs were in after the first inning as CSU put across runs in each of the first four frames to secure the Big South series win. Five different Bucs had multi-hit games in the contest, while Jade Gandara and Summer Moore both doubled in CSU's win.
Arizona Pilgrim (5-12) picked up the win in a six-inning relief effort as the senior right-hander allowed eight hits and three runs while striking out one. Holly Clark went the first inning in the start surrendering four hits and four runs (two earned).
The Bucs pounded out 12 hits against three Radford pitchers with Huffman (3-8) suffering the loss in the circle. Jessie Marvin and Sarah Smith combined to pitch 5.2 innings in relief for the Highlanders.
How They Scored
- Radford scored four runs in the top of the first inning, two coming on CSU errors, to take the early 4-0 lead over the Bucs as Hannah Medlam's RBI double highlighted the Highlanders' first at-bats.
- Gandara and Koger both swung the advantage back to CSU with Gandara's RBI single teeing up Koger's grand slam as the Bucs took the 5-4 lead after the first completed inning.
- Moore added to the Bucs' lead in the bottom of the second with an RBI single to left field scoring Brooklynn Brewington and putting CSU ahead 6-4.
- Rhiana Hubbard's first collegiate home run hit off the yellow barrier and went over the left field wall in the bottom of the third as the freshman went opposite field for her first collegiate home run to put CSU ahead 7-4.
- Gandara (RBI double) and Koger (sacrifice fly) both drove in runs in the fourth to stretch CSU's lead to 9-4.
- Talia Douglas took one back for Radford with an RBI double to right centerfield scoring Sydney Fisher in the top of the fifth.
- Hannah Medlam and Douglas both drove in runs for the Highlanders in the sixth to cap the scoring.
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News & Notes
- Arizona Pilgrim pitched 20.0 out of a possible 21.0 innings over the three-game weekend series and recorded complete-game efforts in two of the three contests to pace the Bucs overall.
- Madison Koger's grand slam was her second home run of the season and the third of her career with the Bucs.
- Caitlyn Emberson's home run was her team-leading fifth of the season and the 32nd of her career.
- Emberson was hit by three pitches in the second game of the doubleheader to stretch her total to 10 on the season and 71 in her career. The 71 is good for second all-time in Big South history.
- Hubbard was the first freshman on the CSU roster to hit a home run this season with her solo shot in the second game making her just the fourth Buccaneer to leave the ballpark this season.
Charleston Southern is back in action with a midweek Big South softball series against USC Upstate on March 19-20 at the CSU Softball Field. First pitch in Tuesday's doubleheader is set for 3 p.m., while Wednesday's finale is set to start at 1 p.m.