Bucs drop two to close out the CSU Softball Tournament weekend

Bucs drop two to close out the CSU Softball Tournament weekend

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern dropped a pair of contests at the CSU Softball Field on Saturday afternoon falling to Delaware and Toledo in their final two games of the CSU Tournament on the weekend.

The Bucs fell in the first contest to the Blue Hens, 7-1, and dropped the nightcap to the Rockets, 6-1, to fall in back-to-back games for the first time in the 2015 season.

Cheyenne Gandara connected on her third home run of the season in the nightcap as Charleston Southern falls to 5-3 overall on the season.

The Bucs are back in action next weekend as they host UNC Wilmington, North Carolina A&T and Tennessee Tech. First pitch for CSU is set for Friday against UNCW at 1 p.m.

Game One: Delaware 7, Charleston Southern 1

Georgi DeLio plated the lone CSU run in the bottom of the seventh as Charleston Southern struggled from the plate against Delaware's Carolyn Szymanski in the first game of the day as the Bucs fell to the visiting Blue Hens, 7-1.

The Bucs loaded the bases with one out in their final at-bats as Natalie Yonan, Amanda Matsumoto and Marci Christian all reached on walks. After a strikeout, DeLio beat out an infield single to third allowing Brook Richardson to score as CSU fought their way back into the game. However, Szymanski shut down the CSU offense in retiring Cheyenne Gandara on strikes to end the contest.

Gandara (3-2) suffered the loss inside the circle for the Bucs going six innings in allowing seven runs (three earned) while scattering 11 hits. The sophomore right-hander finished the contest with six strikeouts before giving way to Hayley Elkins who shut down Delaware in the seventh in relief.

Szymanski (2-0) went the distance for the Blue Hens, overcoming a batch of wildness in the complete game victory. She walked seven batters and scattered five hits, while striking out seven from the rubber.

The Blue Hens plated runs in the first and second frames as Jessica Grisler scored on an error in the first and drove in Cailey Isaacs in the top of the second to take the 2-0 lead. Delaware added to the lead in the top of the third as Morgan Schroll and Leanna Gearhart scored following a throwing error to double the lead.

Delaware plated three more runs in the top of the sixth, taking advantage of two CSU errors to increase the edge to seven. Grisler scored on the squeeze play while Szymanski drove in a pair with a single to cap the scoring.

Matsumoto, Gandara, DeLio, Stephanie Bergmann and Richardson all singled for the Bucs in the loss.

Game Two: Toledo 6, Charleston Southern 1 (5 inn.)

Toledo scored six unearned runs off of three CSU errors in the top of the fourth as the Rockets held off CSU before darkness fell and ended play following the conclusion of the fifth inning.

Jennifer Giles (1-1) was saddled with her first loss of the season despite making several standout plays on the field, including a diving catch on a short popup to end the third inning as the Bucs dropped for the second time on the day. Giles went the distance in allowing six hits while striking out three in the loss.

Gandara connected on her third home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning, driving up the ball over the left centerfield fence to break up Marla Gooding's shutout attempt.

Gooding went the distance for Toledo in the win, scattering three CSU hits while striking out five.

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