Bucs split Big South doubleheader against Campbell

Bucs split Big South doubleheader against Campbell

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern split the doubleheader on Saturday afternoon against visiting Campbell as the Buccaneers rallied back from a 5-4 loss in the first game to top the Camels in the nightcap, 4-1.

Brittany McPherson connected on her team-leading sixth home run in the first game of the day, while Stephanie Bergmann connected on an RBI double in CSU's three-run fifth inning in the nightcap to pace the Bucs' offense on the afternoon.

Arizona Pilgrim (7-3) hurled eight innings of shutout ball on the afternoon with the freshman pitcher allowing seven hits while striking out seven. Hayley Elkins picked up her second save of the season in the nightcap, retiring the Camels in order to close out the afternoon.

Charleston Southern and Campbell close out the three game series on Sunday afternoon at the CSU Softball Field. First pitch between the Bucs and the Camels is set for 1 p.m.

Game One: Campbell 5, Charleston Southern 4
Campbell took advantage of two CSU errors and a strong relief appearance from Katie Baker (6-8) in topping the Buccaneers in the first game of the series, 5-4.

Melissa Tullar connected on a two-run double in the top of the third inning, while Lizabeth McCurry had a solo home run in the fourth to provide the Camels with all the support they would need in recording the win.

McPherson drilled a three-run home run in the bottom of the third, while Amanda Matsumoto, Stephanie Bergmann and Caitlyn Emberson all had two hits apiece in the loss.

Elkins (9-16) suffered the loss in the circle with the sophomore allowing six hits and five runs (three earned) over the first three innings. Pilgrim went the final four innings in relief, scattering three hits while striking out four.

Campbell took the 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Tullar drove in Katie Baker with a sacrifice fly, while Amber Schisler scored on Caroline Smith's RBI single.

The Camels went up 4-0 in the third with Tullar's two-run, two-out double driving in Schisler and Rachel McCollum.

The Bucs responded in the bottom half of the frame on McPherson's three-run home run. Lexie Vanada and Emberson connected on back-to-back one-out singles, before the junior slugger drove the 3-2 offering from Courtney Roberts over the left field fence to cut the Campbell lead down to 4-3.

Campbell responded in the top of the fourth as McCurry led off the inning with a solo home run to right field, stretching the Camels lead back to 5-3.

The Bucs rallied back in the bottom of the sixth as Matsumoto scored on a Campbell two-out error for the final run of the game.

Game Two: Charleston Southern 4, Campbell 1
Charleston Southern took advantage of three Campbell errors to score four unearned runs as the Buccaneers earned the split against the Camels with the 4-3 win in the nightcap.

Lexie Vanada and Caitlyn Emberson had two hits apiece for the Bucs in support of another strong performance in the circle by Arizona Pilgrim in the win. Pilgrim went four innings in relief, allowing four hits while striking out three in the win.

Courtney Roberts suffered the loss in the circle for the Camels, allowing five hits and three unearned runs over the final two innings.

Campbell took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the second as Lizabeth McCurry connected on a one-out double. She advanced to third on Madison Casto's single, before Bailey Bjorson brought her in with a sacrifice fly to left field.

Amanda Matsumoto and Stephanie Bergmann answered for the Bucs in the bottom of the third. Matsumoto drew a two-out walk and stole second to advance into scoring position. Bergmann's sharp grounder was misplayed by the Camels' second baseman allowing Matsumoto to score to even the game up at 1-1.

The Bucs took the lead in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of two Campbell errors in the frame to plate three runs. Stephanie Baro scored on a throwing error on Matsumoto's bunt single to give CSU the 2-1 lead.

Bergmann followed with an RBI double in the right center gap. On the relay throw from the Campbell right fielder, the ball short-hopped the Camels' infield and rolled into the CSU dugout allowing Bergmann to score on the play in giving the Bucs the 4-1 lead.

Elkins came in relief for the Bucs in the top of the seventh, retiring the Camels in order to record her second save of the season.

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