NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Charleston Southern closed out the Stacy Winseberg Invitational on Sunday afternoon at Matador Diamond falling to host CSU Northridge, 4-3.
Hayley Elkins (4-6) suffered the loss in the circle allowing four runs and four hits over 3.0 innings. Nicole Ayala closed out the game facing one batter over the minimum over the final three innings in relief.
Rebecca Bell (1-2) picked up the win for CSUN allowing four hits and three earned runs in the complete game effort.
After Elkins and Bell held both teams scoreless over the first two innings, the Bucs broke the seal on the scoreboard in the top of the third.
Natalie Yonan sparked the Bucs' offense with a single down the left field line. Cierra Robinson came in to run, stealing second base. After Matsumoto drew a walk, Stephanie Bergmann singled the bases loaded with one out. Baro followed with a two-run double in the right centerfield gap scoring Robinson and Matsumoto to give CSU the 2-0 lead. Bergmann came around to score two batters later on a wild pitch to give the Bucs the 3-0 advantage.
Northridge responded with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning with Savannah Horvath connecting on the go-ahead two-run home run. Katie Hooper added an RBI double, while Taylor Glover had an RBI single to give the Matadors the 4-3 lead through three innings.
CSU threatened in the top of the sixth inning as Stevi Johnson singled to lead off the inning, advancing to third with two outs. However, Bell pitched CSUN out of the inning and closed out the complete game effort in the seventh to record the win.
Charleston Southern remains on the West Coast on Tuesday afternoon as the Bucs close out their trip at the Matador Diamond against CSU Northridge. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. PST/5 p.m. EST.