CHARLESTON, S.C. - Amanda Matsumoto scored the walk-off run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Buccaneers took their Sunday opener over the Mocs, 4-3.
Matsumoto connected on a two-out single against Mocs starter Kailey Palazzolo (5-5) to reach base in the bottom of the seventh. She stole second on the first pitch of Yonan's at-bat, and then never stopped running as Ashely Conner's throw on Yonan's grounder to third skipped past the Mocs' first baseman allowing Matsumoto to score the walk-off run.
The win snapped a seven game skid for the Bucs as CSU (10-13) was led by the complete game effort in the circle by sophomore Hayley Elkins. Elkins narrowly missed out on her second double-digit strikeout game on the season, finishing with nine in the contest in the win.
Stevi Johnson connected on the go-ahead two-run home run for the Bucs in the bottom of the fourth inning. It was her second home run of the season and gave CSU the 3-2 lead.
Chattanooga rallied back in the top of the seventh with Anyssa Robles singling in Sam Taylor to tie the game up at 3-3, before the Bucs closed out the contest with the walkoff.
The Mocs opened the scoring off Elkins in the top of the first as Taylor scored on Jordan Fortel's fielder's choice.
The Bucs tied the game up in the bottom of the frame with Matsumoto and Yonan combining to score the run. Matsumoto led off the inning with a bunt single. She stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, before scoring on Yonan's sacrifice fly to right field.
Conner and Amanda Beltran put the Mocs up 2-1 with one out in the fourth. Beltran followed Conner's double with a triple to right centerfield giving Chattanooga the lead.
Johnson put the Bucs back in the lead in the bottom of the inning with a two-run home run off the light post beyond the left centerfield fence. She drove in Cierra Robinson with the blast to give CSU the 3-2 lead.
Sam Taylor, Alyssa Taylor and Robles all singled in the top of the seventh to keep the game alive for the Mocs, but Matsumoto and Yonan combined to close out the game for CSU in the bottom of the frame.
Matsumoto finished the game 2-for-4 from the plate with a pair of runs scored. It was the team-leading seventh multi-hit game of the season. Her two stolen bases also give her a team-high 16 on the season through 23 games, just five shy of her career-high 21 set in the 2015 season.