LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Hayley Elkins struck out 10 batters in a dominant performance on Friday afternoon as Charleston Southern bounced back from a tough loss in the opener against UC Santa Barbara to top UC Davis in the afternoon contest at Easton Stadium.
Elkins (4-4) struck out the side in the top of the seventh against UC Davis to cap her first collegiate double-digit strikeout effort. The sophomore right-hander went 4.1 innings allowing one hit in taking the 5-4 win over the Aggies.
Earlier in the day, the Buccaneers fell to UCSB with the Gauchos utilizing a nine-run top of the fourth to run-rule CSU in the tournament opening win.
Charleston Southern continues the Stacy Winseberg Invitational tomorrow afternoon as the Buccaneers take on tournament site host UCLA at Easton Stadium. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST.
Game One: UC Santa Barbara 9, Charleston Southern 0
Emily Brucelas connected on a pair of two-run home runs in the top of the fourth inning and Arianna Palomares had a three-run double in the same frame to give the Gauchos the 9-0 win over Charleston Southern on Friday afternoon.
Elkins took the loss in the contest, allowing seven runs and five hits over 3.1 innings. Nicole Ayala and Arizona Pilgrim combined to pitch the final 1.2 innings in the circle for the Bucs in closing out the game.
UCSB's Veronika Gulvin allowed the first two CSU runners to reach base due to an error before setting in with the complete game no-hitter. She allowed just one runner on base beyond the first inning, hitting Brittany McPherson with a pitch in the bottom of the fifth in the win.
Elkins and Gulvin traded zeroes over the first three innings before UCSB broke the game open in the top of the fourth. The Gauchos sent 14 batters to the plate in the frame with Brucelas and Palomeras combining to do a majority of the damage in the inning.
The Bucs were unable to mount a comeback attempt in suffering the defeat.
Game Two: Charleston Southern 5, UC Davis 4
Charleston Southern rallied back from a first inning deficit and utilized a strong pitching performance by Elkins in taking the split on the first day with the 5-4 win over UC Davis.
Elkins struck out 10 over the final 4.1 innings including striking out the side in the top of the seventh inning to record her fourth win of the season. It was the first double-digit strikeout performance of her career and the first since Cheyenne Gandara recorded 10 last season on February 22 against Tennessee Tech. She ended the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings with strikeouts to shut down the Aggies offense.
Stephanie Bergmann paced the Bucs offense going 2-for-3 from the plate with a pair of RBI, while Jade Gandara went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI as the CSU offense jumped out in the bottom of the first inning.
UC Davis took the 3-0 lead after the first with Christina Guidry providing all of the offense for the Aggies in the inning. Guidry connected on a two-run double scoring Brianna Warner and Taylor Peters for the first two runs of the game. She later came around on a double steal, scoring in front of the relay home.
The Bucs responded with two runs in the bottom of the first with Bergmann driving in Gandara and Stephanie Baro on an infield single. Gandara reached on a double to the left field wall, while Baro reached on an error by the left fielder leading to the CSU scoring opportunity.
CSU took their first lead of the day in the bottom of the second. Gandara singled in Natalie Yonan with a sharp grounder through the right side of the infield. Baro followed with an RBI single bringing Amanda Matsumoto across the plate to give CSU the 4-3 lead.
The lead reached 5-3 in the bottom of the third as Georgi DeLio and Natalie Yonan connected on back-to-back doubles with Yonan driving in Ashton Kullnat to push the run across.
UC Davis took one back in the top of the fourth on Alexis Carney's RBI double scoring Warner, but Elkins struck out Kelly Zboralske to end the Aggies threat.
Elkins allowed two runners over the final three innings and struck out six of the final nine outs in closing out the win.