Charleston Southern drops two on first day of UCLA/CSUN Invitational

Charleston Southern drops two on first day of UCLA/CSUN Invitational

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Charleston Southern fell in both ends of the doubleheader on the first day of the UCLA/CSUN Invitational, dropping a 7-0 decision to Oregon State to open tournament action on Friday morning and falling in the afternoon to UNLV, 6-1, at Easton Stadium on the campus of UCLA.

Georgi DeLio and Natalie Yonan had two hits apiece for the Buccaneers on the day as Charleston Southern (10-11-1) continues their final weekend tournament tomorrow evening as the Buccaneers take on tournament host UCLA at 5 p.m. and CSU Bakersfield at 7:30 p.m., with both times set in the Pacific Coast Time Zone.

Oregon State 7, Charleston Southern 0

Oregon State pushed across four runs in the top of the first inning and added runs in the second, third and sixth frames to push the Beavers past CSU in the tournament opener for both teams at Easton Stadium on Friday morning.

Morgan Dowdy (1-1) suffered her first loss of the season, lasting 2.1 innings in allowing six hits and six earned runs. Cheyenne Gandara closed out the game in relief with four strikeouts over the final 4.2 innings, scattering six hits and allowing one run.

Amanda Najdek (5-6) went the distance on the mound for the Beavers, allowing four hits while striking out eight in the win.

Two Charleston Southern fielding errors were highlighted in the first inning, allowing Oregon State to push four runs across the plate in taking a commanding lead in the early going. Three consecutive singles led off the game for the Beavers with Kori Nishitomi crossing the plate for the first run of the game on a fielding error by the CSU centerfielder. CJ Chirichigno brought in a run on a fielder's choice and Kylie Padilla connected on a sacrifice fly for the third run to cross before Alexis Gonzalez scored on an errant throw on a stolen base attempt to put the score at 4-0 after the top of the first.

OSU pushed across single runs in the second, third and sixth innings to expand the lead out to 7-0. The Buccaneers' best scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the fifth inning as Brandy Galaviz reached on a one-out double down the left field line, but the CSU freshman was stranded in scoring position as Najdek retired the final eight batters of the CSU lineup in order in closing out the victory.

UNLV 6, Charleston Southern 1

Stevi Johnson brought in the lone CSU run of the game, getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Buccaneers were unable to complete the rally in falling short to UNLV afternoon game of the doubleheader on the first day of the UCLA/CSUN Invitational, 6-1.

Charleston Southern loaded the bases with two outs in the inning as Georgi DeLio and Stephanie Bergmann reached on back-to-back walks and Brandy Galaviz slid a single through the right side of the infield, brining Johnson to the plate. The CSU freshman was plunked on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring DeLio, but UNLV starter Morgan Ettinger recorded the final out of the inning to end the CSU threat as the Rebels topped the Buccaneers.

Jennifer Giles (4-4) suffered the loss for the Bucs on the day, going four innings and allowing five earned runs. Cheyenne Gandara, pressed into relief for the second time on the day, closed out the game with the final three innings allowing two hits and striking out two for the Bucs.

Ettinger (5-1) picked up the victory, going 4.1 innings inside the circle for the Rebels, while Amanda Oliveto closed out the afternoon with 2.2 innings of one-hit shutout relief for UNLV to end the contest.

Alyssa Cordova and Francesca Foti drew back-to-back bases loaded walks for UNLV to open the scoring in the top of the first and Gariess Blando added an RBI single in the third to stake the Rebels to the 3-0 lead after three innings.

Two more runs crossed the plate for the Rebels in the fourth as Cordova and Foti connected on back-to-back RBI doubles, while Samantha Juarez capped the scoring with a solo home run to left center in the fifth.

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