DeLio solo home run pushes Bucs past Winthrop in Game One of Big South Championship

DeLio solo home run pushes Bucs past Winthrop in Game One of Big South Championship

FARMVILLE, VA – A solo home run from Georgi DeLio in the bottom of the sixth inning and a relentless Charleston Southern defense carried the Buccaneers to a 5-4 win over Winthrop in the Big South Championship opener at Lancer Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Stephanie Bergmann led the Buccaneers (25-29) at the plate with two hits, including one double, and scored two of CSU's five runs. Fellow senior Amanda Matsumoto also recorded a pair of hits to go with a RBI. She was also the first Buccaneer to score in the contest.

Holly Clark (8-10) and Arizona Pilgrim split the effort in the circle for CSU. Pilgrim opened and closed the contest, while Clark entered the game in the fourth. Pilgrim sealed the Buccaneer win with a bases-loaded strikeout for her second save of the year.

CSU put three on the board in the first inning to take the early lead. Matsumoto led the Bucs off with a double to left center and advanced to third off a flyout to left field. The fleet-footed senior scored on a wild pitch and Bergmann brought two more across with a double to left center to give CSU the 3-0 advantage after one complete frame.

The Eagles (25-35) scored in the top of the second and went on to pull ahead of the Bucs in the top of the third frame. Winthrop connected for three hits, highlighted by a two-run homer from Ashley Westbrooks, for the 4-3 lead after two and a half innings.

With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Lexie Vanada connected for a single to shallow center. A walk and hit by pitch loaded the bases for the Bucs. Matsumoto came through in the clutch with an infield single, beating the throw to first and tying the game at 4-4.

Clark set Winthrop's side down in order in the top of the next frame, retiring the last batter with strikes. The All Freshman Team selection finished the day with three strikeouts and no earned runs through three innings pitched.

The Buccaneers took the lead back in the bottom of the sixth after DeLio ripped a solo shot to center field for her sixth home run of the year and the 5-4 CSU advantage.

Winthrop opened the final frame with back-to-back hits from Maddie Antone and Westbrooks. Pilgrim went back to the circle for the Bucs, but the Eagles continued to put pressure on CSU with a single from Morgan Lowers to load the bases with none out.

CSU third basemen Mallory Kasinger caught a foul ball to give the Bucs their first out. Another infield pop up put CSU within one out of taking game one. Pilgrim sealed the Buccaneer victory with her fifth strikeout of the day, taking the Eagles' last batter down swinging to close out the win.

Charleston Southern now turns its attention to tomorrow as they take on No. 1 seed Liberty at Lancer Field for game four of the Big South Championship. First pitch is set for noon on the Big South Network.

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