CHARLESTON, S.C. - Brittany McPherson continues to swing the hot bat for the Buccaneers as the junior utility player connected on her second home run in as many games as Charleston Southern fell to visiting No. 10/12 Georgia on Thursday afternoon at the CSU Softball Field.
McPherson went 3-for-3 from the plate with a solo home run in the bottom of the second and added a pair of singles as the Bucs (9-11) fell to the Bulldogs (19-2) at home. Lexie Vanada added a pinch hit single for the Bucs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Hayley Elkins (4-7) suffered the loss in the circle for the Bucs going 6.0 innings in allowing eight hits and six runs. Arizona Pilgrim closed out the game allowing the final two runs in the top of the seventh.
Kylie Bass (4-0) picked up the win in 4.0 innings' work for Georgia, allowing three hits including the McPherson home run. Brittany Gray closed out the final 3.0 innings with six strikeouts in picking up her second save of the season.
Georgia scored four runs in the top of the first with Kaylee Puailoa connecting on a two-run double scoring Cortni Emanuel and Alex Hugo to give the Bulldogs the 2-0 lead. Maeve McGuire and Alyssa DiCarlo added RBI in the frame to give Georgia the 4-0 advantage.
Georgia plated their fifth run in the top of the second as Puailoa drew a bases-loaded walk scoring Samantha LaZear.
The Bucs got on the board in the bottom of the frame as McPherson connected on a solo home run with one out. The blast hit off the camera awning in centerfield to narrow the Georgia lead to 5-1.
CSU rallied in the bottom of the fourth with McPherson and Vanada connecting on back-to-back singles with two outs. McPherson advanced to third on a passed ball, but was stranded as CSU was unable to bring a run across.
Georgia added their final two runs in the top of the seventh with Hugo connecting on a two-run shot scoring Emanuel.
Charleston Southern returns to the road this weekend as the Bucs travel to Patriots Point and the Holy City Showdown hosted by College of Charleston from March 11-13. The Bucs open play on Friday against Michigan State with first pitch set for 11 a.m.