Bucs drop final games of Coca-Cola Malihini Kipa Aloha tournament

Bucs drop final games of Coca-Cola Malihini Kipa Aloha tournament

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Charleston Southern was topped by Toledo and Hawaii on Sunday at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. 

The Buccaneers (10-13) fell to Toledo, 7-5, and were shutout by Hawaii for the second day in a row falling to the Rainbow Wahines, 3-0, in CSU's final game of the Coca-Cola Malihini Aloha tournament.

Charleston Southern now turns its attention to next week's 2017 Outrigger Resorts Spring Fling tournament where they will take on Hawaii, Toledo, Utah and Marist.  First pitch between CSU and Hawaii is set for Wednesday at 11:00 p.m. (EST).

Game One: Toledo 7, Charleston Southern 5

Mallory Kasinger homered in both of her at-bats to lead Charleston Southern at the plate in the Bucs' 7-5 loss to Toledo on Sunday morning.  Arizona Pilgrim (3-4) led CSU in the circle through four innings and reliever Holly Clark closed out the final two innings with a strikeout and no earned runs.

The Bucs got on the board early as Amanda Matsumoto led off with a single to right center to open the game.  A groundout and a wild pitch got Matsumoto to third and a single from Cheyenne Gandara brought her in for the 1-0 CSU lead after half an inning.

Toledo tied the game up in the bottom of the second with a solo home run from Ashley Maynard.  CSU responded in the next frame with a rally started by a hit up the middle from Jade Gandara. Kasinger followed with a two-out home run over left field for the 3-1 Buccaneer lead.

Aggressive running from Toledo and a defensive error from CSU tied up the game once again in the bottom of the inning.  After stealing third, Marriah Wise tagged up on a foul out and stole home on an unsuspecting CSU defense.  The Rockets added another run from a fielding error to tie the game at 3-3 heading into the fourth.

Toledo took the lead in the bottom of the fourth frame after getting two on base with no outs.  A sacrifice bunt from Megan Choate put both runners in scoring position and Madeline Emery connected on a grounder to shortstop.  CSU tried for the out at home, but the throw was just late.  The Bucs tried for another out as Emery attempted to steal second, but were unsuccessful as a muffed throw gave Toledo another run.  The Rockets got one more across before the end of the frame for the 6-3 lead going into the fifth inning.

Kasinger came up big again with two outs in the top of the inning and sent another ball out over the left field fence for her second home run of the game and her seventh this season.  CSU went scoreless over the next two innings and three defensive errors allowed Toledo to add one more run in the 7-5 Buccaneer defeat.

Game Two: Hawaii 3, Charleston Southern 0

Charleston Southern was shutout by Hawaii for the second time in two days as the Buccaneers fell 3-0 in their final game of the Coca-Cola Malihini Kipa Aloha tournament on Sunday afternoon.

The Rainbow Wahines once again held the Bucs to just two hits as Brittany Hitchcock (6-5) led Hawaii in the circle with seven strikeouts in the complete effort.

Hawaii recorded their first run in the bottom of the first frame with hits from Danielle Garcielita and Heather Morales.  Holly Clark (4-3) got the Bucs out of the inning with a strikeout, but Hitchcock held CSU hitless for the next two innings.

Jade Gandara recorded the Bucs' first hit in the fourth inning connecting on a single through the left side with two outs.  CSU was unable to execute, however, and left her stranded as they headed to the bottom of the frame trailing Hawaii, 1-0.

Angelique Ramos singled down the left field line and Justine Garner knocked her in with a home run to center field to give the Rainbow Wahines the 3-0 lead after four innings.

Brittany McPherson recorded CSU's second and final hit of the game in the top of the fifth with a single up the middle.  Destini Ewing connected on a line drive to second base that deflected off the infielder's glove to put runners on first and second with two outs.  The Buccaneers were once again unable to execute as Hitchcock recorded her seventh strikeout of the contest.

Clark put up a strong defensive effort in the circle and set the side down in order through the next two innings, but the Bucs were unable to get an offensive rally going in the 3-0 finale defeat.