CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell in both side of a doubleheader against Appalachian State on the second day of the CSU Tournament on Saturday afternoon, dropping the final round robin game 3-2, before falling in the first round of the tournament in the final game of the day, 1-0.
The Buccaneers fall to 9-9-1 overall with the pair of losses to the Mountaineers on the day, while Appalachian State improves to 6-10 following the second days' action.
Charleston Southern takes on Colgate tomorrow afternoon in the consolation game scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the CSU Softball Field. Appalachian State takes on Eastern Illinois following the contest, with game time slated for 3 p.m. in the CSU Tournament Championship.
Appalachian State 3, Charleston Southern 2
After pulling off back-to-back come-from-behind victories on Friday afternoon, Charleston Southern's luck ran out in the opener against the Mountaineers as Shivaun Landeros struck out the final CSU batter with the bases loaded to close out the 3-2 Buccaneers loss.
Charleston Southern mounted their comeback in the seventh inning as Stephanie Bergmann drew a walk and Stevi Johnson followed with a single through the left side of the infield. After a sacrifice bunt pushed both runners into scoring position, Amanda Matsumoto connected on a base hit scoring Bergmann. The fleet-footed CSU freshman advanced to second on the play to put the Bucs in prime position to send the game into extra innings, but Landeros forced a popup from Jessica Brock before catching Stephanie Sbardella looking at strike three as CSU fell in the Saturday opener.
Jennifer Giles (4-3) carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning in hurling a complete game in the contest, allowing two hits and three unearned runs in suffering the loss. The junior right-handed pitcher struck out three batters on the afternoon, allowing three walks on the day.
Alissa Schoelkopf (1-1) picked up the win, going 5.1 innings in allowing four hits and one run while striking out five on the day. Landeros picked up the save in going the final 1.2 innings in closing out the contest.
App State picked up two runs in the first inning and added a third in the top of the second as several CSU fielding miscues staked the Mountaineers to the early lead. A muffed reception on a rundown at the plate allowed ASU to pick up the first run of the game as Cara Parker crossed the plate, while Lindsay Loudermilk drove in Cynthia Gomez on a sacrifice fly to stake Appalachian State to the 2-0 lead. A throwing error led to the third ASU run in the second as Caroline Rogers crossed the plate with none out in the inning.
Both pitchers settled into a pitching duel over the next four innings before Charleston Southern cut into the deficit in pushing across a run in the sixth inning. Matsumoto led off the inning in drawing a walk, before Sbardella connected on a blast to the left field fence. She ended up on second on the play with Matsumoto coming all the way around to score to cut the lead down to 3-1, setting up the stage for the Buccaneers' comeback attempt in the seventh.
Giles' no-hit bid came to an end in the top of the fifth inning on Loudermilk's single to centerfield, leading off the frame.
Appalachian State 1, Charleston Southern 0 (5 inn.)
Appalachian State pushed across an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth and CSU was unable to put across the equalizer in the top of the fifth inning as the Bucs fell for the second time on the day to the Mountaineers, 1-0. The game was called after five innings due to nightfall.
Morgan Dowdy (1-1) and Shivaun Landeros (3-7)both hurled complete games for their respective teams, with Dowdy scattering five hits and allowing one unearned run on the afternoon in taking the loss. Landeros picked up the shutout win, allowing one hit and striking out two on the day.
The Buccaneers threatened to score in the top of the third inning as Natalie Yonan reached on a two-out double to left field. Amanda Matsumoto and Jessica Brock followed in drawing back-to-back walks to load the bases, but a groundout ended the frame as the Bucs were held scoreless in the inning.
Appalachian State pushed across the lone run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning as Cara Parker led off the frame with a base hit up the middle. She advanced to second on a CSU throwing error on a failed pickoff attempt, before coming around to score on Ashley Warnock's single. ASU put two runners in scoring position in threatening to blow open the game, but Dowdy settled in, retiring Landeros on strikes and getting Whitney Johnson to ground out back up the middle in closing out the frame after allowing just the one run.
Charleston Southern went down quietly in the fifth and the game was called midway through the sixth inning due to nightfall with Appalachian State closing out the 1-0 victory.