LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Charleston Southern was unable to hold off #3 UCLA in the early game, 4-0, and saw their rally fall short in the nightcap against Cal State Bakersfield, 4-3, as the Buccaneers fell in both games on Saturday at the UCLA/CSUN Invitational at Easton Stadium.
The Buccaneers fall to 10-13-1 on the season with the pair of losses and continue tournament play tomorrow afternoon as CSU takes on Cal State Northridge. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Eastern Time, 3 p.m. Pacific Time on the campus of CSU Northridge.
#3 UCLA 4, Charleston Southern 0
A three-run home run by Delaney Spaulding in the bottom of the fifth inning snapped a no-hit bid by CSU freshman Cheyenne Gandara as the Buccaneers fell in the day's opener to the tournament host Bruins, 4-0.
Gandara (4-4) carried the no-hit bid through the fifth inning, pitching out of trouble along the way as the freshman fire-baller battled through a touch of wildness with five walks in 4.1 innings. She also picked up five strikeouts in the losing effort. Morgan Dowdy and Jennifer Giles combined to pitch the final 1.2 innings inside the circle, giving up two hits and one run, striking out three.
Jessica Hall (7-0) picked up the win for the Bruins on the afternoon, going the distance in the three-hit shutout. She retired eight Buccaneers on strikes, while issuing two walks in the game.
Jessica Brock opened up the game with a double for the Buccaneers and advanced to third on the Stephanie Sbardella sacrifice bunt in the top of the first as CSU threatened early in the contest. Natalie Yonan drew a walk from Hall and stole second base, putting two runners in scoring position with two outs, but Hall escaped the jam and held the Buccaneers off the scoreboard early.
Gandara pitched in and out of trouble through the first four innings with UCLA threatening only in the bottom of the first when Ally Carda and Spaulding both drew walks with one out, but the CSU freshman retired the next two batters on swinging strikeouts to end the inning and the threat.
Gandara's no-hit bid came to an end in the fifth as Gracie Goulder reached on a fielding error and Carda drew a walk to lead off the frame. A sacrifice bunt advanced both runners into scoring position, leaving way for Spaulding's three-run home run, over the left field fence to put the Bruins up 3-0. Brittany Moeai added a run-scoring sacrifice fly later in the inning to cap the scoring and give UCLA the four-run lead.
The Buccaneers were unable to mount a comeback in the sixth and seventh innings as Hall retired the final six batters in order to complete the shutout bit.
Cal State Bakersfield 4, Charleston Southern 3
Georgi DeLio and Stephanie Bergmann both had RBI for the Buccaneers in the contest, but CSU was unable to push across the all-important tying run in the top of the seventh inning, leaving two runners stranded in scoring position as the Buccaneers fell to the Roadrunners in Saturday night's final game, 4-3.
Jennifer Giles (4-5) suffered the loss, going 4.2 innings in relief and allowing two runs (both unearned). Cheyenne Gandara started the game, going the first 1.1 innings inside the circle and allowed two runs and three hits in the no-decision.
Kelsie Monroe (3-8) picked up the win for CSU Bakersfield, closing out the final 4.2 innings' action, allowing one run on three hits while striking out four. Roadrunners' starter Lyndsay Klimenko went 2.1 innings and allowed both DeLio and Bergmann's RBI before leaving in the third with the bases loaded.
Bakersfield opened the scoring in the bottom of the second as Amy Ricciardi picked up one of her three hits on the day with an infield single scoring Madison Bundy with one out. Karsyn Guzman followed with an RBI single scoring Ashley Carter before Giles shut down the offense to end the threat.
The Buccaneers battled back to tie the game up in the top of the third inning as DeLio connected on a bases-loaded single through the left side of the infield scoring Amanda Matsumoto. Bergmann followed, working the count and drawing the walk to plate Lizzy Olmstead and even the score at 2-2.
A two-out two-run double by Sydney Raeber highlighted the Bakersfield bottom of the fourth inning, while Charleston Southern battled back with DeLio scoring on a throwing error by the Roadrunners' third baseman in the top of the fifth to put the score at 4-3 heading into the final frames.
In the top of the seven, Hayes Holdsworth reached on a Bakersfield error and advanced to second on Natalie Yonan's fielder's choice that put two runners on with none out. A sacrifice bunt advanced both into scoring position, but the Buccaneers were unable to push the tying run across the plate as Monroe retired the final two batters to end the game.