Dominant pitching pushes Longwood past Buccaneers

Dominant pitching pushes Longwood past Buccaneers

FARMVILLE, VA – Charleston Southern was unable to overcome another dominant pitching performance from the Longwood pitching staff in falling to the Lancers, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at Lancer Field. 

Senior Elizabeth McCarthy (8-8) led Longwood (19-25, 8-7) in the circle with six strikeouts and allowed just two hits to complete the shutout on the Lancers' Senior Day.  Karleigh Donovan paced the Lancers at the plate with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth frame, while Kasey Carr and Jordan Clark each added a pair of hits in the series finale.

Holly Clark (7-11) and Arizona Pilgrim split the pitching effort for the Bucs (23-33, 7-11) with each recording three strikeouts over three innings' work.  Stevi Johnson and Lexie Vanada were the only Buccaneers to contribute a hit in the conference road loss.

Johnson opened the game with an infield single on one out in the first frame, but McCarthy retired the next two batters to leave her stranded on base.  Clark answered back for CSU in the bottom of the inning by setting Longwood's side down in order, retiring two batters on strikes. 

The Buccaneers threatened to score in the next frame after Vanada led off with a walk.  Brittany McPherson laid down a sacrifice bunt to move pinch runner Christi Takac to second, and a grounder moved her to third.  McCarthy thwarted the effort with her third strikeout of the game to keep the score at 0-0.

Longwood scored its first run in the bottom of the second inning.  Jordan Clark led the Lancers off with a base hit to center field and a fielder's choice allowed Donovan to reach base.  A ground out moved the go-ahead run to second, and a CSU fielding error put Longwood on the board as Donovan crossed the plate.

Trailing 1-0, the Buccaneers had another opportunity to score in the top of the fifth.  Mallory Kasinger led CSU off with a walk and Rebekah Lenos laid down a bunt and reached base on a fielding error.  A fielder's choice put Buccaneers on the corners as CSU threatened to score with two outs.  A fly out brought an end to the CSU's chance of a fifth-inning comeback and the Lancers continued to hold the 1-0 lead through five.

Vanada connected for the Bucs' second hit of the game with a single to center field with two outs in the sixth frame.  CSU was once again unable to get the run across and a Donovan home run in the bottom of the inning gave the Lancers' the 3-0 lead. 

McCarthy sealed the Longwood victory in the top of the seventh, setting the Bucs down in order and recording her ninth strikeout in the 3-0 shutout.

The Buccaneers now turn their attention to Campbell for their last weekend of regular season play.  Charleston Southern will face off with the Fighting Camels on May 5 and 6 at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium with first pitch set for 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

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