CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell in both ends of the doubleheader to Longwood on Saturday afternoon, dropping the first game to the Lancers, 6-5, while falling in the nightcap, 7-2.
Jessica Brock connected on a pair of home runs in the first game for the Buccaneers and Brooke Holcomb added her first collegiate home run in the second game as the ball was flying out the ballpark at the CSU Softball Field on Saturday afternoon. Emily Murphy had three home runs for the Lancers, while Justina Augustine added a home run in the seventh inning of game one as the teams combined for seven blasts over the two game span.
Charleston Southern falls to 13-15-1 overall on the season, 2-3 in Big South Conference play, while Longwood improves to 13-5, 2-0 in conference action with the win.
Charleston Southern and Longwood close out the series tomorrow afternoon at the CSU Softball Field, with first pitch in the contest slated for 1 p.m.
Longwood 6, Charleston Southern 5
Longwood rallied back from a 5-1 deficit in the top of the seventh inning as Justina Augustine connected on a three-run home run with none out, while Emily Murphy connected on the go-ahead two-run shot in the frame as the Lancers topped the Buccaneers, offsetting a pair of home runs by Charleston Southern's Jessica Brock in the game to pick up the series opening win.
Cheyenne Gandara (6-5) suffered the loss for the Bucs on the afternoon, allowing five hits and six runs, while striking out eight on the afternoon. Libby Morris (5-3) picked up the win for the Lancers, hurling 5.1 innings in relief to close out the action for starter Jenna Carnes.
Charleston Southern wasted little time striking first in the game as Brock connected on the 2-2 offering from Carnes in the bottom of the first, connecting on the solo home run over the left centerfield fence. Hayes Holdsworth added an RBI double in the inning and came around to score on a stolen base to put the margin 3-0 in favor of the Bucs after one inning.
CSU added two more runs in the fifth inning as Amanda Matsumoto reached on a bunt single to lead off the inning and Brock followed with her second home run of the game, fourth of the season, as the ball cleared the left field fence to put the Bucs ahead 5-0.
Gandara carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning for the Buccaneers before Murphy ended the bid to lead off the inning, connecting on a solo home run to centerfield to put the score at 5-1.
In the seventh, Longwood's bats came to life as the Lancers sent eight batters to the plate with five coming around to score on Augustine's three-run blast and Murphy's two-run shot.
Charleston Southern battled back in their final at-bats with Jennifer Giles and Stephanie Sbardella both reaching base in the inning, but Morris closed out the action on a fielder's choice force out at second base to end the game in favor of the visitors.
Longwood 7, Charleston Southern 2
Brooke Holcomb provided the late fireworks for the Buccaneers with a two-run blast in the bottom of the seventh to keep Charleston Southern alive, but Elizabeth McCarthy shut down the CSU offense on the afternoon as the Bucs fell to the Lancers, 7-2.
Longwood pushed across the first run of the game in the top of the first as Chelsea Sciacca singled in Emily Murphy and the Lancers added three more in the second as Baltzell, Sciacca and Carly Adams all drove in runs to give Longwood the 4-0 lead after two innings.
The Lancers added another run in the fourth on Murphy's inside-the-park home run to right centerfield as the ball bounced away from the CSU outfielders.
The final two Longwood runs came in the seventh as Rebecca Huitt and Amy Putnam both recorded RBI in the inning to stake McCarthy to a commanding 7-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the frame in CSU's final at-bats, the Buccaneers offense came to life as Natalie Yonan led off the inning with a bloop single down the right field line. Holcomb followed with a blast over the left centerfield fence, hammering the 3-1 offering from McCarthy to put CSU on the scoreboard and cut the margin to 7-2. However, that was as close as the Bucs were able to get as CSU fell in the nightcap.
Morgan Dowdy (1-3) suffered the loss for the Bucs on the afternoon, allowing four runs and five hits in one innings' action, while Jennifer Giles closed out the final six innings in relief. McCarthy hurled the complete game inside the circle for Longwood, scattering five hits and seven strikeouts, while allowing two runs.