Giles, Dowdy Strike Out 10 as Bucs Blank Camels 5-0 April 14, 2012
by CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Jennifer Giles and Morgan Dowdy combined to strike out ten batters and Jana Matthews blasted her 22nd career home run to lead the Charleston Southern softball team (25-19, 10-5 BSC) past Big South foe Campbell 5-0 at Buccaneer Field on Saturday.
Giles got the start for the Buccaneers, giving up four hits without surrendering a run while striking out five batters in just over five innings. Dowdy pitched the final 1.2 innings in relief, also striking out five.
Melissa Adams singled to center field in the bottom of the first, making it home when Linzy Rother (2-for-2, RBI) doubled to left field to put the Bucs up 1-0.
Campbell (21-24, 6-6 BSC) was able to load the bases in the top of the third, but couldn’t make it to home plate. Christina Melton singled to center field, but was caught stealing. Kerstine Womack had a base hit before Ericka Nesbitt walked. Stephanie Jones then took first base after bring hit by a pitch to load the bases. However, Giles would come through big as Raven Lee went down swinging to end the inning.
Jessica Brock then doubled to left field in the bottom of the third to get on base. She was then out at third on a fielder’s choice that put Megan Lombard on first. Matthews (1-for-3, run, 2 RBI) belted her third home run of the season to left field to push the Buccaneers ahead 3-0 after three innings.
The Bucs would add a few more in the bottom of the sixth. Stephanie Sbardella singled to center field, scoring on a single by Jasmine Conley. Ari Tedesco followed that up with another single before Kristin Kelleher was drilled by a pitch to load the bases. Brock was also hit, collecting the RBI when Conley crossed home plate to give the Bucs the 5-0 win.
Brittany Arnn took the loss for the Camels, going 2.2 innings with five hits and three runs (two earned). Olivia Scarborough gave up two runs on four hits in the next 3.0 innings before Julia Callicut came in to face the final batter.
The Bucs will host cross-town rival the College of Charleston on Wednesday at Buccaneer Field. First pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 2 p.m. Related Item: Box Score