BUIES CREEK, N.C. - No. 5 Charleston Southern was unable to overcome a strong pitching effort in the circle as the Buccaneers fell to No. 3 Campbell in an elimination game on the first day of the 2019 Big South Softball Championships, 6-0.
Campbell's Megan Richards (15-12) went the distance in the complete game effort walking two and striking out five in the win. The Camels (26-27) advance to the second day of the conference championships and will play a to-be-determined opponent tomorrow evening at 5 p.m. at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium.
Arizona Pilgrim (10-21) suffered the loss after going 1.1 innings in relief and surrendering two runs on two hits. Alyssa Heinrich added 0.2 innings in a relief effort, while Holly Clark went 4.0 innings overall as the junior started the game and went the first two innings, before closing out the final two frames in the contest.
Bri Bryant sparked the Campbell offense with a three-hit day, including a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth. Claudia Ware and Kayla Fredendall added multi-hit games in the win.
How They Scored/Key Situations
- Both pitching staffs were solid through the first three innings allowing a combined two runners on base over the first 18 outs of the game.
- Gandara put CSU's first hit on the board in the top of the fourth inning as the senior drilled the ball to right center field for the stand-up double.
- Campbell cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Camels took advantage of a bases-loaded, one-out situation to push across two runs.
- Megan Mozingo's RBI single opened the scoring, while Christa Hall drew a bases-loaded walk to put the Camels ahead 2-0 after four innings.
- The Camels struck for three more runs in the fifth as Fredendall's two-run single doubles the Campbell advantage, while Mozingo's fielder's choice scored Kynadi Tipler to put CU ahead 5-0.
- Bryant capped the scoring in the sixth inning with a solo home run to right center.
- The Bucs put runners on base in both the sixth and seventh frames thanks to Brewington's single and Emberson's walk, but CSU was unable to string together a rally to fight their way back into the game.
News & Notes
- CSU ends the 2019 season with an 18-37 record overall, 12-12 in Big South Conference play on their way to earning the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament.
- All five 2019 CSU seniors – Annie Bakenhus, Arizona Pilgrim, Jade Gandara, Destini Ewing, and Caitlyn Emberson - played in their final game with the Buccaneers on Wednesday.