BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Charleston Southern senior pitcher Jennifer Giles and sophomore shortstop Stephanie Bergmann were named to the 2015 Big South Softball Championships All-Tournament team, as announced by the Conference office on Sunday afternoon.
The Buccaneers' duo led CSU to a 2-2 overall record in the tournament, the fourth straight season CSU has won multiple games in the postseason dating back to 2011. The Bucs, the No. 5 seed in the 2015 field, defeated No. 4 Liberty and eliminated No. 3 Winthrop, before falling to No. 6 Presbyterian yesterday afternoon in the Big South semifinal round.
The honor is the first in Giles' career with the Bucs as the senior ace was arguably the most impactful pitcher in the postseason, throwing four complete games in posting a 2.92 ERA through 26.1 innings pitched.
Giles topped Liberty in the opening game on Thursday afternoon to place the Bucs in the winner's bracket and saved two of her best performances of her career for Friday.
In Friday's opener, Giles went the distance against top-seed Longwood, throwing a complete-game three hitter as the Bucs took the Lancers to extra innings. Known for their home run hitting prowess, the Lancers were able to muster only one extra base hit, a double in the fourth inning, in taking the win.
Giles bounced back in Friday night's elimination game, coming within three outs of CSU's first perfect game in facing just one batter over the minimum against Winthrop in topping the Eagles, 9-1. Giles struck out three in the complete game one-hitter.
Bergmann's honors are the second in her career as the sophomore from Hesperia, Calif., earned All-Tournament accolades as a freshman. Bergmann led CSU's offense on the week with a .357 batting average with a team-high five hits, a double and a home run.
When the Bucs needed a boost, Bergmann came through in the clutch for CSU with the game-winning RBI single against Liberty in the first round. She added an RBI double in the first inning sparking the CSU offense in the 9-1 win over Winthrop, and finished up her season with a solo home run in the semifinal matchup against Presbyterian.
The Buccaneers finished the 2015 season with a 31-28 record. The 31 wins are the fourth most in program history, while CSU's 22 wins at the CSU Softball Field set a school record for most home wins in a season.
2015 Big South Softball Championships All-Tournament Team
Libby Morris, Longwood (Tournament MVP)
Carly Adams, Longwood
Megan Baltzell, Longwood
Chelsea Sciacca, Longwood
Kensley Loudermelk, Presbyterian College
Hope Rogers, Presbyterian College
Erin Ruff, Presbyterian College
Bri Chiusano, Coastal Carolina
Kory Hayden, Coastal Carolina
Stephanie Bergmann, Charleston Southern
Jennifer Giles, Charleston Southern