TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Charleston Southern fell in both games on the opening day of the Unconquered Classic on Friday, dropping the early contest to Wichita State 3-2, and dropped the nightcap to tournament host and #10-ranked Florida State at JoAnne Graf Field, 8-2.
Jessica Brock continues to have the hot bat on the season for the Buccaneers picking up two hits in each game for CSU, while Georgi DeLio and Hayes Holdsworth both had doubles on the day as CSU fell to 6-4-1 overall in the 2014 season.
The Buccaneers will be in action tomorrow afternoon, taking on Wichita State at 4:30 p.m., before closing out the night against Northern Iowa on JoAnne Graf Field at 7 p.m.
Wichita State 3, Charleston Southern 2
Charleston Southern loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with none out as the Buccaneers threatened to complete the comeback against the Shockers, but Sloan Anderson retired three straight CSU players to close out the game as the Bucs fell in the opening game of the tournament, 3-2.
Cheyenne Gandara (2-2) suffered her second loss of the season on the mound, hurling four innings in allowing seven hits and three runs scored. Morgan Dowdy closed out the morning session with three shutout innings, striking out four to give the Bucs the comeback chance.
Kaitlyn Malone (2-1) picked up the win for the Shockers with five innings pitching, allowing six hits and both CSU runs, while striking out four in the game. Anderson picked up her first save, escaping the bases loaded jam in the seventh to close out two shutout innings in relief.
The Buccaneers struck first, plating the opening run in the bottom of the second inning as CSU loaded the bases with Stephanie Bergmann drawing a walk, Natalie Yonan reaching on an infield single and Ari Tedesco advancing both runners on the fielder's choice, reaching first base without a play. With two outs, Marci Christian coaxed a walk from Malone to bring in Bergmann in putting CSU ahead 1-0.
Wichita State took the lead in the top of the third inning off Gandara as Liz Broyles doubled in Kelli Spring with one out in the inning. After the CSU sophomore hurler retired Paige Mason on strikes, Brittany Fortner connected on a two-bagger of her own to left centerfield, scoring Broyles and putting the Shockers ahead 2-1.
WSU took advantage of small ball in the top of the fourth inning as Melanie Jaegers led off the inning with a walk. Ali Vandever followed up with a sacrifice bunt, moving her into scoring position, but Gandara followed by catching Megan McCracken looking at strike three to move to two outs in the frame. Cacy Williams did not waste the scoring opportunity for the Shockers through, slicing a single through the left side of the infield, scoring Jaegers to push the Wichita State lead to 3-1 through four innings.
Three consecutive one-out singles by Brock, Stephanie Sbardella and Holdsworth put the Buccaneers in business in the bottom of the fifth inning as CSU loaded the bases. With Stevi Johnson in to run for Brock at third base and Brandy Galaviz pinch hitting against Malone, the WSU righty uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Johnson to cross the plate as the Bucs narrowed the lead back to within one at 3-2. The Bucs were unable to push across the tying run though as Malone recorded to retire the final two batters of the inning to keep the margin intact.
Dowdy allowed runners on base in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but did not face a serious threat as the senior hurler caught Paige Luellen looking to end the sixth inning. She set up the Buccaneers final scoring attempt in the seventh inning, fielding the grounder by Spring back up the middle for the final out in the frame to give the Bucs one final chance.
Back-to-back singles by Christian and Brock led off the bottom of the inning for Charleston Southern and Sbardella followed with a sacrifice bunt, reaching on the fielder's choice as the Bucs loaded the bases with none out against Anderson. The WSU senior rebounded back with a pair of strikeouts before ending the inning and the ballgame with a grounder to first to close out the 3-2 victory.
#10 Florida State 8, Charleston Southern 2
Three run innings in the first and sixth frames helped the host Seminoles offset a two-RBI single by Brock in the top of the third as Charleston Southern fell to host Florida State to close out the first day of the Unconquered Classic, 8-2.
Jennifer Giles (2-1) suffered her first loss of the season in the contest, going five innings against the Seminoles offense, scattering four hits while allowing five runs in the game. Lauren Darden pitched one inning in relief to close out the evening for the Bucs.
Jessica Burroughs (6-0) allowed five hits, including two to CSU's Brock in the game in recording the win, while Jessica Nori picked up her first save with two innings of shutout relief.
Maddie O'Brien connected on a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning for the Seminoles to cap off a frame that saw Tiffani Brown score the first run of the contest on a CSU throwing error on her stolen base attempt. O'Brien's shot to centerfield brought in Courtney Senas to put FSU ahead 3-0 after the first inning.
With the Bucs going down in order in the second, O'Brien again provided the scoring punch in the inning with a one-out sacrifice fly to put the Seminoles ahead 4-0. Her drive to centerfield scored Ellie Cooper to push across her third RBI of the game.
Charleston Southern struck back for two runs in the top of the third with Amanda Matsumoto sparking the CSU scoring opportunity after reaching on a two-out bunt single. Christian followed with a four-pitch walk before Brock singled up the middle. A throwing error on Brock's hit brought both Matsumoto and Christian across the plate to halve the FSU lead, 4-2.
The Seminoles added one more run in the fourth and three in the sixth as O'Brien again drove in the FSU run with a fielder's choice in scoring Brown, while Courtney Senas, Alex Kossoff and Bailey Schinella all crossed the plate in the sixth inning to provide the final tally.