Bucs drop midweek doubleheader against College of Charleston

Bucs drop midweek doubleheader against College of Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Errors in game one and cold bats during the second half of Charleston Southern's doubleheader finale with College of Charleston allowed the Cougars to sweep the Buccaneers on Wednesday night at Patriots Point. 

Cheyenne Gandara led the Bucs (16-24) in the circle allowing two unearned runs and just five hits in CSU's 2-0 loss in its first contest with the Cougars (19-12).  Gandara also paced the Bucs at the plate, going 3-for-4 in CSU's 6-5 loss for game two.  The redshirt-junior combined for a team-high four hits and .571 batting average on the night.

The Buccaneers now turn their attention back to conference play as they travel to Presbyterian for a weekend series with the Blue Hose.  First pitch at PC Softball Complex is set for Saturday at 1:00 p.m. 

Game One: College of Charleston 2, Charleston Southern 0

Errors in the field dogged Charleston Southern as the Buccaneers fell to College of Charleston, 2-0, on Wednesday night at CofC Softball Stadium.

CSU's defense struggled during the doubleheader opener with three errors that allowed CofC to score both of its runs.  Cheyenne Gandara (5-9) led the Bucs in the circle, pitching for five hits, and two strikeouts through five innings.  Reliever Arizona Pilgrim closed out the contest with a one-hitter in the sixth frame.

Sydney Shipley (6-3) led the Cougars on the rubber with six strikeouts, allowing just two hits in the shutout. 

CofC got on the board early after singles from Taylor DuPree and Yari Felix put runners on first and second with two outs.  An infield throwing error by CSU allowed Felix to score, giving the Cougars the 1-0 advantage after one complete frame.
Gandara connected for a single up the middle in the top of the second, but was left stranded as CSU's offense was unable to spark a rally at the plate. 

The Cougars added another run in the bottom of the third as DuPree singled to shortstop and advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt.  A groundout moved DuPree to third, and a sacrifice fly to center from Jordin Jones scored the run to put CofC ahead 2-0 after three innings. 

Gandara held the Cougars to just one hit over the next two innings and the Bucs recorded their second and final hit in the top of the seventh as Stevi Johnson connected for a single through the left side.

CSU's comeback attempt was thwarted by Shipley's sixth strikeout and a flyout for a double play sealed the 2-0 Cougar victory. 

Game Two: College of Charleston 6, Charleston Southern 5

Charleston Southern was unable to execute in the final innings and left seven runners on base for a narrow 6-5 loss against College of Charleston at CofC Softball Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Buccaneers capitalized on several CofC errors after the Cougars put up three runs in the first frame with a home run from Taylor Belfiore.  CSU pulled ahead in the top of the second, recording four runs off of one hit and three defensive throwing errors.

The Cougars tied the game up in the bottom of the frame with doubles from Dana Horgan and Madi Brown to set the score at 4-4 after two complete innings.

Sister power-hitters Jade and Cheyenne Gandara opened the third with a double to left center and a single to left field to put runners on the corners with no outs.  Mallory Kasinger followed with a sacrifice fly to left for the 5-4 Buc advantage.  CofC reliever Sam Martin (5-2) retired the next batter and a rip to right center from Lexie Vanada was robbed just short of the fence to end the Buccaneer rally.

CofC responded with aggressive base running and three hits for two runs in the bottom and the inning for the 6-5 lead. 

Arizona Pilgrim (4-9) held the Cougars to just two hits for the remainder of the game, but CSU's bats went cold and the Bucs left four on base through the last four frames to close out the 6-5 defeat.

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