CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern split on Saturday afternoon as the Buccaneers topped St. Bonaventure for the second time this weekend in the afternoon opener, 3-0, but in the nightcap CSU fell for the first time in the 2014 season to Jacksonville State, 9-1.
The Buccaneers move to 6-1-1 overall on the season following the second day of the CSU Tournament as Jennifer Giles picked up her second win of the season in the first game of the doubleheader victory.
CSU closes out the CSU Tournament weekend tomorrow afternoon as the Buccaneers take on Jacksonville State with first pitch at the CSU Softball Field set for 1 p.m.
Game One: Charleston Southern 3, St. Bonaventure 0
The Buccaneers broke through with three runs in the bottom of the fifth in support of Cheyenne Gandara as Charleston Southern picked up their third win of the weekend in the 3-0 victory over the visiting Bonnies.
Gandara hurled four shutout innings against St. Bonaventure, striking out six, while Giles (2-0) closed out the victory with three shutout innings in recording her first save of the season.
St. Bonaventure's Alexis Sloat pitched a complete game in picking up the loss, scattering six hits and allowing the three earned runs.
Neither team mounted a threat through the first three innings before Charleston Southern put runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fourth. Stephanie Sbardella opened the opportunity with a one-out double down the leftfield line and Stephanie Bergmann followed with a bunt single and stolen base to put the Bucs with two runners in position to score, but Sloat escaped the jam intact to keep the game 0-0.
However, the Buccaneers broke the seal in the bottom of the fifth as Marci Christian, Jessica Brock and Sbardella all recorded RBI in the frame to give CSU the 3-0 lead. Christian opened the scoring with a one-out double in the gap to bring in Lizzy Olmstead for the first run of the game. Brock followed with an RBI groundout to score Amanda Matsumoto and Sbardella followed with a bouncing single through the left side of the infield to score Christian to stake the CSU pitching staff to the three run lead.
Giles entered the game in relief for the Bucs in the top of the sixth and battled through trouble in the frame as SBU loaded the bases with one out. Kelly Farrell reached on a one-out walk and Emily McDonough and Kelli Rohan both followed with singles to load the bases and threaten the big inning. However, Giles recovered to catch Grace Rooney looking at strike three and Christine Watson popped up to Brock at second base to end the Bonnies' threat.
Neither team threatened the rest of the way as the Bucs closed out the 3-0 victory.
Sbardella and Matsumoto led the CSU offense with two hits apiece in the game, while Bergmann picked up her first stolen base of the year in the contest.
Game Two: Jacksonville State 9, Charleston Southern 1 (5 inn.)
Jacksonville State pushed across four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings of the game to hand CSU their first loss of the season as the Buccaneers were unable to keep up with the Gamecocks in falling in the nightcap, 9-1.
Lauren Darden (1-1) picked up her first loss of the season against the Gamecocks, while Morgan Dowdy closed out the game in relief as the Buccaneers' defense gave up four errors, leading to three unearned runs in the defeat.
Both teams put crooked numbers up on the scoreboard in the first inning as the Gamecocks struck on an RBI single down the left field line by Kalee Tabor, while CSU answered with a Hayes Holdsworth double down the right field line bringing in Brock to knot the game up at 1-1 after the first frame.
Jacksonville State threated to pull ahead in the top of the third as the Gamecocks loaded the bases with two outs, but a great defensive play by Natalie Yonan on a sharp hit grounder by Jaime McGuire ended the inning and kept JSU off the scoreboard with the game knotted up at 1-1.
The Gamecocks broke through in the top of the fourth inning, sending eight batters to the plate in pushing across four runs to go ahead 5-1. Hayden Crawford drove in the go-ahead runs with a single up the middle, chasing Darden from the game, and Ella Denes and Sara Borders both crossed the plate on CSU throwing errors to put JSU ahead for good.
Jacksonville State closed out the game with four more runs in the top of the fifth with Borders providing the big hit with a two-run double down the left field line. Stephanie Lewis and Crawford both added RBI singles in the frame to close out the scoring.
The Bucs were unable to mount any offense against JSU starter Tiffany Harbin over the final two innings as Georgi DeLio was the only CSU player to reach base in drawing a two-out walk in the bottom of the fourth as Jacksonville State closed out the 9-1 win.