CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern was unable to rally back in extra innings against visiting Campbell on Sunday afternoon as the Buccaneers fell in the series finale against the Camels, 6-5.
Campbell's Taesha DuBoise made a game-saving catch in the bottom of the 10th inning for the Camels as the centerfielder crashed into the fence catching Brooke Lein's line drive for the second out of the inning. The Camels retired the final out on a fielder's choice to close out the ball game.
Campbell took the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th courtesy of the international tiebreaker. Caroline Smith started the inning on second base and was bunted over by Lizabeth McCurry. Karsen Leonhardt followed with a sacrifice fly to shallow centerfield with Smith scoring in front of the throw to put Campbell up 6-5.
The Bucs attempted to tie the game in the bottom half of the frame with Nicole Ayala starting the frame on second base. Caitlyn Emberson was hit by a pitch to put two runners on base. Two batters later, Lein connected on the first pitch from Amber Schisler (4-3), driving the ball to the fence in centerfield, but DuBoise made the catch before crashing into the fence forcing both runners to retreat to their bags. Natalie Yonan connected on a fielder's choice to end the game in favor of the guests.
Stephanie Bergmann led the Bucs (18-22, 6-6) offensively on the day, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBI in the loss. Stevi Johnson added two hits, including her first triple of the season.
Arizona Pilgrim suffered the loss in the circle for the Bucs, going 5.2 innings in relief. Pilgrim allowed six hits and three runs (two earned), while striking out two.
DuBoise led the Camels (19-20, 5-7) from the plate on the afternoon going 4-for-4 with three RBI. Leonhardt and Katie Baker had two hits apiece for the Camels in the win.
Schisler took the win in the circle for the Camels going the final six innings in relief, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) in the win.
Campbell jumped out to the early 2-0 advantage in the top of the second with the Camels taking advantage of RBI singles by DuBoise and Baker to take the early lead off of CSU starter Hayley Elkins.
The Bucs responded in the bottom half of the inning. Emberson scored the first CSU run on a Campbell throwing error. Natalie Yonan added a sacrifice fly scoring Stephanie Baro, while Bergmann connected on an RBI double scoring Ashtin Kullnat to give the Bucs the 3-2 lead.
The Camels evened the game in the fifth on Melissa Tullar's RBI groundout. Campbell loaded the bases with one out before Tullar's grounder brought across DuBoise tying the game up at 3-3.
Bergmann's second double led to CSU retaking the lead in the bottom of the fifth. The junior shortstop drilled the double to centerfield and came around to score on Johnson's single giving the Bucs the 4-3 lead.
DuBoise doubled off the wall in centerfield scoring Leonhardt and Megan Mozingo in the top of the sixth, while Georgi DeLio scored on Bergmann's RBI single the bottom of the frame to knot the game up at 5-5.
Neither team was able to score in the seventh as the teams headed into extra innings. Both pitchers held the opposition scoreless in the eighth and ninth before Campbell took the lead in the 10th.