LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Cheyenne Gandara hurled her second collegiate complete game and Georgi DeLio added an RBI sacrifice fly as Charleston Southern topped host Cal State Northridge on Sunday afternoon in the UCLA/CSUN Invitational finale, 2-1, at the Matador Diamond.
Gandara (5-4) went the distance for the second time this season, going the full seven innings, scattering seven hits and two walks, while striking out three batters in the victory. The freshman hurler faced trouble only in the sixth inning when she gave up a run on a Crystal Maas' sacrifice fly in closing out the game in 98 pitches inside the circle.
The Buccaneers improved to 11-13-1 overall with the victory, while Cal State Northridge falls to 13-9 overall with the loss.
Charleston Southern opened the scoring in the top of the first frame as Jessica Brock led off the inning with a walk against Jordan Sauceda. A sacrifice bunt by Stephanie Sbardella moved her over to second and Natalie Yonan followed with a single to left field to push Brock over to third. DeLio connected on a 2-0 offering from Sauceda for the sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Brock to put the Bucs ahead early.
With Gandara cruising through the first four frames, the Buccaneers plated an insurance run in the fifth inning as Amanda Matsumoto crossed the plate. The CSU freshman reached on a two-out walk and advanced to third on Brock's single to right field. With Lizzy Olmstead in to run for CSU, the CSU senior took second on the first pitch. The throw down allowed Matsumoto to score on the play for the stolen base to put the score at 2-0 in the fifth inning.
The Matadors battled back to halve the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning as Taylor Glover crossed the plate with two outs in the inning on Maas' sacrifice fly. Glover led off the inning with a single through the right side and stole second. She advanced to third on Katie Hooper's base hit before the sacrifice fly brought her home.
In the seventh, the Matadors put the tying run on third base with two outs as Leann Lopez moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Abby Linn. However, Gandara retired Glover on strikes to end the game and close out the CSU victory.
Charleston Southern remains on the road as the Buccaneers begin Big South Conference play this week as CSU makes the trip to Rock Hill, S.C., to take on Winthrop. First pitch for the series doubleheader on Wednesday is set for 5 p.m., while Thursday's single contest is set for 5 p.m. at Terry Field.