CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell in both ends of the doubleheader to visiting College of Charleston on Wednesday afternoon at the CSU Softball Field, falling in the opener 11-0, while suffering a 4-0 defeat in the nightcap to the Cougars.
The Buccaneers fall to 17-20-1 overall on the season, while College of Charleston improves to 22-11.
Charleston Southern heads to the road this weekend as the Buccaneers make the trip up to Lynchburg, Va., to take on the Liberty Flames in a battle between Big South Conference foes. Friday's doubleheader is set to begin at 2 p.m., while Saturday's game time is set for first pitch at 1 p.m.
College of Charleston 11, Charleston Southern 0 (6 innings)
College of Charleston connected on 17 hits and put a crooked number up on the scoreboard in every inning except for the first as the Cougars jumped on top of the Buccaneers in taking the first game of the doubleheader, 11-0.
Jennifer Giles (8-6) suffered the loss for the Buccaneers on the afternoon, going two innings in allowing three runs and six hits, while Morgan Dowdy closed out the contest on the rubber for CSU in the loss to the Cougars.
Valerie Cassell provided the first run of the game for the Cougars with an RBI single in the top of the second inning, driving in Kelsey Hodgson for the only run need by the CofC pitching staff of Hope Klicker (11-9), Cassell and Jen Rosene. The Cougars added two runs in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings, before putting four across in the top of the sixth to clinch the victory.
Klicker picked up the win, going 3.2 innings on the mound in scattering three hits and striking out one. Cassell pitched the Cougars out of a jam in the fourth inning in going 1.1 innings inside the circle, while Rosene hurled the final inning in completing the staff shutout.
College of Charleston 4, Charleston Southern 0
Cheyenne Gandara hurled her team-leading sixth complete game for the Bucs in the nightcap against the Cougars, but the CSU bats fell short against the combined pitching efforts of CofC's Samantha Martin and Valerie Cassell as the Bucs fell, 4-0.
Gandara (6-7) allowed seven hits and struck out five in the game, but allowed four earned runs in the contest in suffering the loss for the Bucs.
Her counterpart in Martin (8-2), went four shutout innings in scattering three hits, while Cassell shut down the Bucs over the final three innings as the Cougars swept the series at the CSU Softball Field.
Rebecca Mueller drove in the opening run of the game in the top of the first inning as the Cougars jumped ahead early in front of the Bucs. Mueller's single brought in Lizzy Vaughn with none out in the frame to post CofC to the 1-0 lead early.
The 1-0 lead looked as though it would hold up through the first four innings before Charleston Southern threatened in the bottom of the fifth. Jessica Brock drew a leadoff walk to open the frame and advanced to second on Brandy Galaviz's sacrifice bunt. A pinch-hit single up the middle by Morgan Dowdy put runners on the corners with one out, but Cassell shut down the CSU offense to keep the slim Cougars' lead intact.
CofC pushed across a pair of insurance runs in the sixth on a two-out, two-run double by Katie Padilla, driving in Kayla Hall and Kelsey Hodgson, and Mackenzie Maples added a run-scoring single in the top of the seventh to provide the final margin in the game.
The Buccaneers made one final rally in the bottom of the seventh as Lexie Vanada reached on an error and Brittany McPherson drilled a single to left field, but back-to-back grounders to Cassell inside the circle ended the rally and the game in favor of the guests.