ROCK HILL, S.C. - Caitlyn Emberson connected on a pair of home runs, including the go-ahead shot in Saturday's doubleheader, as the Buccaneers split with Winthrop. CSU took the first game, 2-1, while the Bucs fell to the Eagles in the series finale, 5-2.
Emberson homered twice on the afternoon, while Brittany McPherson added a solo blast in the second game as the Bucs' power bats have come to life over the past week. Over the past four games as a team the Bucs have connected on 10 home runs with Emberson (four), Yonan (two), and McPherson (two) all connecting on multiple shots on the week.
The Buccaneers remain on the road as CSU returns to non-conference play on Wednesday afternoon, traveling across town to the Patriots Point Athletics Complex and local rival College of Charleston. First pitch in the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m.
Game One: Charleston Southern 2, Winthrop 1
Caitlyn Emberson connected on the go-ahead solo home run in the top of the fourth, while Hayley Elkins pitched the Buccaneers out of trouble in the seventh as Charleston Southern hung on to clinch the series win over host Winthrop in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Emberson drilled her third home run in as many games, clearing the fence with one out in the top of the fourth inning. It was her fifth home run of the season and CSU's eight home run over the past three games in the win.
Elkins (10-18) went the distance for the complete game victory over the Eagles. The sophomore right-hander scattered six hits and two walks, striking out three in the victory.
Winthrop's Kiley Majette (6-13) suffered the loss in relief of starter Dallas King. Majette went the final four innings, allowing just the Emberson solo home run, while striking out three in the loss.
The Buccaneers pushed the first run of the game across in the top of the second. Stevi Johnson led off the frame with a single to left, advancing to second on a WU infield error. Georgi DeLio followed with a single to left field and on the play, the left fielder mishandled the ball allowing Johnson to score giving the Bucs the 1-0 lead.
The Eagles rallied to tie the game up in the bottom of the third on Leah Yong's one-out sacrifice fly to right field. Paige Haley scored ahead of the throw to tie the game up at 1-1.
Emberson connected in the top of the fourth with the go-ahead solo home run off of Majette, putting CSU back up 2-1.
The Eagles mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh against Elkins as Kim Ryder drew a leadoff walk, while Morgan Lowers hit a one-out single to put a pair of runners on base. Elkins recovered to get the final two outs, retiring Young on strikes to end the game in favor of CSU.
Game Two: Winthrop 5, Charleston Southern 2
Charleston Southern was unable to overcome an early deficit as the Buccaneers fell in the series finale against the Eagles, 5-2.
Caitlyn Emberson and Brittany McPherson both homered for the Bucs in the loss with the duo connecting on solo shots in both the fourth and fifth innings, but it was not enough for CSU to rally against WU's Kiley Majette (7-13) in the loss.
Arizona Pilgrim went the distance in the game with the freshman right-hander allowing seven hits and four earned runs while striking out six. Her counterpart, Majette, hurled a complete game, allowing five hits in the win.
Emberson added a double to her totals, going 2-for-3 from the plate in the contest.
The Eagles took the 3-0 lead after the first as Zharne Glover singled in Morgan Lowers, while Blake Wallert connected on a two-run double in the frame scoring Leah Young and Glover.
Winthrop added two more in the third as Shayna Covington scored on a CSU error, while Young came across on a Wallert groundout to stake the Eagles to the 5-0 lead.
Emberson put the Bucs on the board with a solo home run to right centerfield in the fourth, while McPherson chipped away at the lead with a solo home run in the top of the fifth narrowing the Eagles' lead to 5-2.
Majette shut down the Bucs the rest of the way allowing singles to Amanda Matsumoto and Stevi Johnson on her way to the complete game win.