CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell in both ends of the doubleheader against host College of Charleston on Wednesday at Patriots Point, dropping the first game to the Cougars, 7-6, while falling in the nightcap, 6-0.
Charleston Southern returns to Big South Conference play this weekend as the Bucs make the trip to Lynchburg, Va., and Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium as CSU begins a three-game series with the Flames. First pitch in Saturday's doubleheader is set for 5 p.m., while Sunday's series finale is set for 1 p.m.
Game One: College of Charleston 7, Charleston Southern 6
Jordin Jones connected on the walk-off home run for host College of Charleston in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Buccaneers fell in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader, 7-6.
Stevi Johnson hit the go-ahead home run in the top of the seventh to give the Bucs the lead, but Jones connected on the two-run blast in the bottom half of the inning with the ball bouncing off the protective barrier on the top of the fence, driving in Isabel McCluskey for the win.
Caitlyn Emberson connected on her seventh home run and added a double to pace the Buccaneers offense. Emberson's home run, her fifth over the past five games, gave CSU the 5-2 lead in the third inning.
Hayley Elkins (10-19) suffered the loss in the circle for the Bucs, going 2.1 innings in allowing three hits and three runs, striking out two. CofC's Sydney Shipley took the win with the Cougars' junior going the final three innings in allowing three hits and a run while striking out two.
Charleston Southern took the early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning as the Bucs took advantage of a Bergmann RBI double and McPherson's two-run single to take the early lead over the Cougars. Bergmann's double to left center drove in Amanda Matsumoto, while McPherson's single brought in Bergmann and Jade Gandara.
CofC answered in the bottom of the second as Katie Padilla singled in Madison Brown for the first Cougar run in the game. Chandler Frisbie followed with an RBI double to left center scoring Padilla to narrow the CSU lead to 3-2.
Emberson added to the Bucs' total in the third with a two-run home run off of CofC starter Brittany Violette. The reigning Big South Player of the Week drove in Stevi Johnson on the play, giving the Bucs the 5-2 lead.
Jordin Jones and Kashmir Huckaby helped the Cougars narrow the lead down to 5-4 in the bottom of the fourth. Jones led off the frame with a solo home run, while Huckaby's error brought Frisbie across the plate in the frame before CSU reliever Elkins retired the final out.
Taylor Dupree tied the game up for the Cougars in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single driving in Huckaby.
Johnson's home run put the Bucs back in the lead in the top of the seventh, before Jones answered in the bottom half of the inning.
Game Two: College of Charleston 6, Charleston Southern 0
Jordin Jones connected on her third home run of the day to put the Cougars ahead early as the Buccaneers fell in the nightcap against College of Charleston, 6-0
Caitlyn Emberson broke up the CofC no-hit bid in the top of the fifth inning with a single to left field and Destini Ewing (sixth) and Stevi Johnson (seventh) also singled for the Bucs in the loss.
Arizona Pilgrim (8-6) suffered the loss in the first for the Bucs, while Nicole Ayala, Hayley Elkins and Brittany McPherson all saw time in the circle. McPherson made her collegiate debut in the circle pitching the sixth inning in allowing two hits and one unearned run.
Samantha Martin picked up the win for the Cougars allowing one hit through five innings in the victory. Valerie Cassell went the final two innings in closing out the win.
Jones put the Cougars on the board with a leadoff solo home run in the bottom of the second against CSU starter Pilgrim. CofC added two more runs in the frame as Kashmir Huckaby and Dana Horgan both connected on sacrifice flies to take the early 3-0 lead.
Caitlyn Emberson broke up Martin's perfect hit bid with a single to left field for the Bucs' first runner of the game.
The Cougars added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as CofC took the 5-0 lead. McCluskey scored on Carly Hansis' sacrifice bunt, while Frisbie singled in Jones in the frame.
Canyon Crosby added an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth to cap the Cougars' scoring.