CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern surrendered late leads to both Savannah State and Delaware State on the second day of the Wingate by Wyndham Invitational as the Buccaneers fell to both the Tigers and the Hornets on Saturday afternoon. The Bucs fell to Savannah State early, 3-1, while dropping a late decision to Delaware State, 7-4.
Jade Gandara led CSU on the day going 6-for-7 from the plate with a triple and a home run to pace the Bucs' offense.
CSU closes out the weekend tournament action tomorrow afternoon at home, hosting Savannah State at the CSU Softball Field. First pitch between the Bucs and the Tigers is slated for 3 p.m.
Game One: Savannah State 3, Charleston Southern 1
Savannah State broke a shutout in the top of the fifth inning with Chasney Jenkins connecting on an RBI triple and Brianna Harris following with an RBI double as the Tigers rallied past the Buccaneers in CSU's first game of the afternoon.
The Tigers added a late run in the top of the seventh with Shelby Eccles scoring on Harris' single just over the CSU third baseman to provide insurance for SSU starter Amanda Hallman in picking up the win.
Hallman went the distance in the contest, allowing five hits while striking out four in the win. Nicole Ayala (2-1) suffered the loss in the circle for the Bucs, going five innings and allowing six hits and two runs, while striking out one.
The Bucs took the lead in the bottom of the second inning on Brittany McPherson's two-out double to right field scoring Georgi DeLio. DeLio had reached on a walk earlier in the inning before beating out the relay home to put CSU ahead of the Tigers, 1-0.
CSU had runners in scoring position in three separate innings with Jade Gandara tripling in the first, Amanda Matsumoto singling and stealing second in the third, and Caitlyn Emberson doubling in the fourth, but the Bucs were unable to bring them around to score in the loss.
Gandara led the Bucs from the plate, going 2-for-3 on the afternoon.
Game Two: Delaware State 7, Charleston Southern 4
Delaware State scored seven runs over the final three innings to rally past the Buccaneers in the final game of the day with Jordan Stamps' three-run home run in the top of the seventh capping the Hornets' afternoon in taking the win.
Charleston Southern held a 3-2 lead after five innings but errors plagued the Bucs in the final two innings with the Hornets scoring on a base covering miscue on a grounder to first in the top of the sixth, while a throwing error extended the DSU inning in the seventh leading to the Stamps' home run.
Hayley Elkins (3-3) suffered the loss in the game after coming in relief of Arizona Pilgrim in the top of the sixth. Elkins allowed three hits and four runs (two earned) in the losing effort. DSU's Tara Tursellino (2-2) picked up the win going the final two innings, allowing only a solo home run by Gandara in the bottom of the seventh in closing out the DSU victory.
The Bucs opened the scoring in the bottom of the third with Stevi Johnson singling Amanda Matsumoto with two outs in the inning. CSU made it 2-0 in the fourth as Ashtin Kullnat scored on Lexi Thompson's RBI single up the middle.
The Hornets tied it up in the top of the fifth as Sandy Hawthorne drove in Chloe Oro and Nicole Gazzola with a double to centerfield.
CSU went up 3-2 in the bottom half of the inning as Gandara scored on a dropped fly ball by the DSU right fielder.
The Hornets rallied to tie the game in the sixth with Stamps crossing on the CSU communication miscue at first base allowing Haley Jones to reach with two outs in the inning.
DSU put the game away in the seventh with Gazzola scoring on a CSU throwing error before Stamps drove in Nkili Matthews and Oro with a three-run shot to left centerfield.
Gandara led off the bottom of the seventh with a home run to straightaway centerfield, her third of the season. However, the Bucs were unable to rally back in falling for the second time on the day.