Lombard Leads Way as Bucs Bust Out BroomsMarch 21, 2012
by CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Megan Lombard homered for the second time in as many games to move past teammate Jana Matthews for the Charleston Southern career lead, and finished 4-for-5 with 2 RBI and a pair of runs scored overall, as the Bucs swept Savannah State in a doubleheader at Buccaneer Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Lombard powered her 2nd home run of the season and 22nd of her career to help CSU (15-13) to a 3-2 win in game one, and then added two more base knocks in the back end of the twin bill to help freshman Spencer Adkinson to her first career win.
Matthews notched a pair of multi-hit contests as well, while Jessica Brock chipped in with a 2-for-3 outing in the game two victory.
A two-out rally gave Savannah State (11-16) a 1-0 lead against CSU started Jennifer Giles (3-6) in the top of the first. Amber Hallman stroked a single to start the charge, and came around to score two batters later when Chelsea Parrish smacked a RBI single into left field.
CSU came back to knot the score at 1 apiece in the bottom of the second courtesy of its own two-out rally. Melissa Adams worked a walk, advanced into scoring position on a passed ball, and came plateward when Lombard scalded a run-scoring single past the diving grasp of SSU shortstop Shamyra Adams.
Savannah State regained the advantage on a RBI single by Madison Hedderly in the third, but was shut down for the rest of the way by Giles and Morgan Dowdy.
Giles worked in and out of trouble over her 6.0 innings of work, yielding the two runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out five.
Lombard continued her see-saw battle with Matthews atop the CSU home run chart in the fifth, as she belted a towering drive over the left-center field wall to square the tally at 2-2.
Lombard played a role again an inning later as the Bucs pulled through with the decisive tally, drawing a free pass to push Melanie Stickney to third and Ari Tedesco on to second. Hayes Holdsworth was next, and was walked as well to register a game-winning RBI.
Dowdy made sure that would stand up in the top of the seventh, as she retired the Lady Tigers 1-2-3 to record her first save of the year.
Adkinson (1-0) made the most of her second career start from the get-go in the nightcap of the double dip. The freshman right-hander struck out the side in the first, and fanned five batters over the opening two frames.
SSU’s Madison Hedderly was just as good in the early going as well, matching Adkinson zero-for-zero over the first three innings before both sides got on the scoreboard in the fourth.
The Lady Tigers struck for a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth, as Hallman doubled and Paolini singled in front of Chelsea Parrish, who slugged a two-run double inside the third base bag and down the left field line.
Keyed by Matthews, the Bucs answered back immediately to slice their deficit in half in the last of the fourth. Matthews drilled an opposite field double leading off, and touched the plate three batters later when Kristin Kelleher found the left-center field gap with a two-out RBI double.
Lombard re-assumed the starring role in the fifth, as she hammered a double to center field to begin another two-out rally. Brock then followed with a single through the originator to even the game at 2-2. Matthews delivered another ringing double to right field to advance Brock to third base, and the junior then came the final 60 feet home when SSU catcher Parrish made an errant pickoff throw which sailed down the left field line.
Yet another two-out marker provided insurance for Adkinson in the bottom of the sixth. Stickney kept the inning alive with an infield single, and eventually scored when Holdsworth rapped a RBI double to provide the final 4-2 outcome.
Adkinson was terrific in authoring her first career complete game, scattering six hits and a walk while punching out seven.
CSU embarks on Big South Conference play this weekend when it travels upstate to Rock Hill for a three-game series with Winthrop. The Bucs and Eagles will square off in a doubleheader on Saturday at 2 p.m., before meeting for the final game of the set at 3 p.m. Sunday. Game one of Saturday’s doubleheader will be televised worldwide on ESPN3.com, with Matt Hogue and Nate Ross on the call.
Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score