CHARLESTON, S.C. – Four costly Charleston Southern errors allowed Winthrop to rally at the plate for a 6-3 conference victory over the Bucs on Friday afternoon at CSU Softball Field.
Leah Young led the Eagles (21-23, 7-6) at the plate with two runs scored and a home run to centerfield to score two of Winthrop's six unearned runs. Kiley Majette (12-12) paced the Eagles in the circle with two strikeouts and one earned run through four innings.
Jade Gandara was responsible for bringing in two of the Buccaneers' (20-29, 5-8) three runs, with the sophomore slugger connecting for two hits while scoring a run. Lexie Vanada went 2-for-4 on the day and recorded the first RBI of the contest scoring Jade Gandara in the bottom of the third inning.
Holly Clark (6-8) retired the Eagles first batter in the top of the fourth, but a fielding error allowed the next batter to reach base. With two outs, Ansley Gilreath connected for a double to right field to tie the game up at 1-1. Clark went on to strike out the next batter, but a dropped third strike put runners on the corners. A throwing error on a stolen base attempt allowed Winthrop to pull ahead, 2-1, and a groundout ended the top of the inning.
Stephanie Bergmann led the Bucs off with a rip up the middle in the bottom of the fourth frame and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Jade Gandara connected for a slow rolling ball towards first and beat the tag by diving into the bag to score Bergmann and tie the game at 2-2.
Two more CSU errors in the fifth inning allowed Winthrop to score four runs off of two hits to take the 6-2 lead that the Eagles would not relinquish.
The Bucs attempted a comeback in the bottom of the sixth sparked by a single to centerfield from Amanda Matsumoto. Stevi Johnson followed with a double that was just short of clearing the left field fence and Jade Gandara drove in the Bucs' third run with a sacrifice fly to center field. Majette recorded her second strikeout of the game to end CSU's rally and went on to set the side down in order in the final frame.
Clark set the side down in order in the sixth frame and allowed just one hit in the seventh. She finished the day with one strikeout and didn't allow an earned run through five innings pitched.
The Buccaneers now turn their attention to tomorrow's Senior Day as they wrap up their last home series with a doubleheader against Winthrop. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. on the Big South Network and CSU will honor its seven seniors prior to the start of the game.