Bucs topped on day two of Outrigger Resorts Spring Fling

Bucs topped on day two of Outrigger Resorts Spring Fling

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Charleston Southern fell to both Toledo and Utah in day two of the Outrigger Resorts Spring Fling at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium on Thursday afternoon.  The Buccaneers (10-16) lost to the Rockets (8-15) 2-1 in extra innings and were shutout by Utah (15-4) 9-0. 

Charleston Southern now turns its attention to Friday as they faceoff with Utah again in day three of the Outrigger Resorts Spring Fling tournament.  First pitch between the Bucs and the Utes is set for 6:00 p.m. EST.

Game One: Toledo 2, Charleston Southern 1

Cheyenne Gandara led Charleston Southern on the rubber and at the plate in the Bucs' 2-1 loss in extra innings against Toledo on Thursday afternoon.  The redshirt-junior recorded five strikeouts through five innings and tied the ballgame up in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run.

Toledo got on the board in the third frame following a pair of CSU fielding errors.  The Buccaneers loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth, but were unable to execute as they trailed Toledo, 1-0, with two innings left to play.

Gandara gave the Bucs a chance in the bottom of the sixth with two outs when she connected for a home run to left center to tie the game at 1-1.  CSU's defense came up big in the next inning and held Toledo scoreless after the Rockets loaded the bases with no outs.

The Bucs were unable to get their bats going in the bottom of the seventh and forced the neck and neck battle into extra innings.  With the international tiebreaker rule in effect, Samantha Golden went to second base for Toledo and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt.  Another sacrifice bunt scored the Golden and gave the Rockets the 2-1 lead as the Bucs prepared for their last at bat.

Caitlyn Emberson opened the bottom of the inning with a sacrifice bunt to put the tying run at third, but the Bucs were unable to execute a comeback.  Back-to-back fly outs held the run at third as Toledo sealed the 2-1 victory after eight innings. 

Game Two: Utah 9, Charleston Southern 0

Charleston Southern was shutout by Toledo in four and a half innings on Thursday afternoon.

Freshman Summer Moore recorded the Buccaneers' only hit of the game with a single to center field in the top of the fifth inning.

Hailey Hilburn (3-0) led the Utes in the circle with six strikeouts through five innings and gave up no walks in the contest.

Utah got on the board early in the first inning with hits from Alyssa Barrera, Hannah Flippen and Anissa Urtez.  The Utes added another run following a CSU fielding error for the 4-0 advantage after one at bat.  Utah recorded two more runs in the second inning and scored three in the bottom of the fourth to lead CSU 9-0 heading into the top of the fifth.  

Hilburn opened the Bucs' last chance at the plate with a strikeout.  Moore followed with a single to center field for CSU's first and only hit in the 9-0 loss.

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