Bucs fall to Longwood in Friday doubleheader

Bucs fall to Longwood in Friday doubleheader

FARMVILLE, VA – Charleston Southern was unable to overcome Longwood's late bats and powerful pitching in falling to the Lancers twice on Friday afternoon at Lancer field. 

Longwood (18-25, 7-7) took game one with a walk-off double for the 3-2 win after scoring two runs to tie the game up in the bottom of the seventh.  The Lancers went on to sweep the day with solid pitching in game two in the 2-0 shutout.

Seniors Stevi Johnson and Amanda Matsumoto led the Buccaneers (22-33, 7-10) at the plate.  Johnson connected for a two-run homer in game one while Matsumoto paced CSU with a team-high four hits on the day.

The Buccaneers now turn their attention to Saturday as they wrap up their road series with Longwood.  First pitch at Lancer Field is set for 11:00 a.m.

Game One: Longwood 3, Charleston Southern 2

A two-run home run from Stevi Johnson was not enough to top Longwood's seventh inning comeback that led to a 3-2 Buccaneer defeat on Friday afternoon at Lancer Field.

After three innings of Charleston Southern leaving runners on base, Brittany McPherson singled to left field to give the Bucs another shot at a score in the top of the fifth frame.  With two outs, Johnson connected on her sixth home run of the season with a blast over the left field fence to give CSU the 2-0 advantage.

The Lancers threatened to score in the bottom of the inning with two runners in scoring position on two outs, but Holly Clark (7-10) struck out Longwood's next batter to protect the Bucs' 2-0 lead through five frames.

With one last shot at a comeback, Karleigh Donovan led Longwood off with a single to left in the bottom of the seventh.  Clark retired the next batter with strikes, but a wild pitch allowed pinch-runner Leanna Toler to advance to scoring position. Haleigh Kilby came through with two outs and a runner on first and second with a single up the middle to score Longwood's first run and put the tying run on third.  An infield hit from Justina Augustine tied the game at 2-2 with the winning run on second. Kaylynn Batten recorded the Lancers' game-winning hit after connecting for the walk-off double to right center for the 3-2 comeback conference victory.

Game Two: Longwood 2, Charleston Southern 0

Charleston Southern's offense fell short in game two as powerful pitching paced the Lancers past the Bucs, 2-0, in Friday's conference closer.

Sydney Gay (11-12) led Longwood in the circle with six strikeouts through six innings.  Elizabeth McCarthy closed out the shutout win with three strikeouts in the seventh inning for the senior's first save of the season. The pitching duo allowed just four hits and one walk in the contest.

Jade Gandara led CSU with a pair of singles.  Amanda Matsumoto and Stephanie Bergmann also contributed a hit, but the Buccaneers left a total of five on base. 

Arizona Pilgrim (6-10) paced CSU in the circle with five strikeouts in the complete game effort, recording two of those strikeouts in the first frame.

After a strong start in the first inning, several walks and a fielder's choice allowed Longwood to load the bases. A bases-loaded walk gave the Lancers' their first run.

Longwood added to their 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth as the Lancers connected for a trio of singles and Karleigh Donovan brought in the run with a sacrifice fly to left field for the 2-0 advantage. 

Amanda Matsumoto led the Bucs off with an infield single in the top of the sixth, but Gay retired CSU's next three batters to hold the Bucs scoreless.

McCarthy entered the game in the top of the seventh and struck out the Bucs' first two batters to put Longwood within one out of sweeping the series.  Bergmann followed with a single to center field, but McCarthy came back to close out the win with her third strikeout for the 2-0 Longwood victory. 

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