Charleston Southern and Campbell use late-inning rallies to split Saturday doubleheader

Charleston Southern and Campbell use late-inning rallies to split Saturday doubleheader

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern pulled off the come-from-behind 4-3 win in the first game, while Campbell rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh in the 5-0 nightcap win as the Buccaneers and Camels split on Saturday afternoon at the CSU Softball Field.

Both games featured a comeback victory as Charleston Southern rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win on Brooke Holcomb's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh. Brittany Bruce sparked the comeback in the top of the seventh in game two for the Camels with a solo home run off reliever Jennifer Giles, as Campbell overcame a 3-0 deficit to even the series with the 5-3 victory.

Charleston Southern moves to 23-30-1, 9-12 overall in Big South play following the split, while Campbell moves to 28-25, 12-10 in conference action heading into Sunday's regular season finale for both teams.

CSU will recognize their seven 2014 seniors in a pregame ceremony tomorrow afternoon as Ari Tedesco, Morgan Dowdy, Jessica Brock, Lizzy Olmstead, Stephanie Sbardella, Hayes Holdsworth and Lauren Darden will play their final game at the CSU Softball Field with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.

Charleston Southern 4, Campbell 3

Charleston Southern rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning as Brooke Holcomb connected on the walk-off two out single, scoring Lizzy Olmstead from second base to give the Buccaneers the 4-3 win in the series opener against the Camels.

Stephanie Sbardella led off the bottom of the seventh with a single up the middle and scored on Stevi Johnson's RBI double to the fence in right centerfield to cut the margin down to 3-2 with none out in the frame. A groundout by Ari Tedesco advanced Johnson to third where she scored on Hayes Holdsworth's sacrifice fly to left field, tying the game up at 3-3 with two outs. Lizzy Olmstead followed with a double down the left field line, setting up Holcomb's walk-off heroics to end the contest.

Morgan Dowdy (4-5) picked up her fourth win of the season, hurling the final 2.2 innings in relief to close out the contest. The senior from Pleasanton, Calif., retired the final seven batters she faced to end the game, striking out two along the way. Jennifer Giles earned the start and went 4.1 innings, scattering four hits and three unearned runs in the no decision.

Katie Baker (12-10) suffered the loss in the complete game effort for the Camels, allowing six hits and four runs, while striking out four.

Campbell struck first in the contest, putting a run on the scoreboard in the top of the second as Courtney Klingler led off with a base hit, advancing to third on Brittany Bruce's double off the left field fence. Klinger scored on a fielder's choice as her slide at the plate knocked the ball out of the catcher's mitt at the plate to put the Camels ahead early.

Charleston Southern responded in the bottom half of the frame as Georgi DeLio connected on a two-out RBI single, plating Sbardella to knot the game up at 1-1. Sbardella reached on an infield single, making her way around the diamond on a wild pitch and a groundout before crossing the plate.

Campbell took their final lead of the contest in the fifth as Kerstine Womack and Ravel Lee scored on a CSU fielding error, putting the Camels ahead 3-1.

Sbardella led the Bucs from the plate in the game, going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored in the contest, while Johnson and Olmstead both hit their third doubles of the season respectively in the contest.

Campbell 5, Charleston Southern 3

Campbell sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the seventh, sparked by Brittany Bruce's one-out solo home run, as the Camels erased a 3-0 Charleston Southern lead in plating five runs and holding off a late CSU rally in splitting the doubleheader.

Maggie Christopher and Courtney Klingler both had RBI in the inning with Klingler's two-run bases loaded single up the middle scoring Christopher and Katie Baker to put Campbell ahead 5-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Charleston Southern placed two on with two out as Stephanie Sbardella connected on a two-out single to advance Jessica Brock to second. However, Campbell starter Morgan Eisenga retired the final batter to end the game and leave the Bucs stranded.

Cheyenne Gandara (8-11) suffered the loss on the afternoon, allowing three hits and two unearned runs, while striking out four. Giles opened the seventh inning, getting one out in the frame before Gandara returned to the circle, allowing two hits and three runs (two earned).

Eisenga went the distance, allowing seven hits and three runs (two earned) in the complete game win for the Camels. The sophomore right-hander struck out three while walking two in the win.

Charleston Southern took the early lead in the contest in plating the first two runs of the game in the bottom of the second with Olmstead putting the Bucs on the scoreboard with an RBI single down the left field line scoring Tedesco. Holdsworth pushed the Bucs lead to 2-0 as the senior outfielder scored on a wild pitch later in the inning.

Charleston Southern stretched the lead out to 3-0 in the fourth inning as Olmstead scored on Amanda Matsumoto's bunt.

Olmstead paced the CSU offense with two hits in the game.

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