Bucs fall to Norfolk State and Eastern Illinois on Holy City Showdown final day

Bucs fall to Norfolk State and Eastern Illinois on Holy City Showdown final day

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell in both ends of the doubleheader against Norfolk State and Eastern Illinois at the Holy City Showdown hosted at the Patriots Point Athletic Complex. The Bucs fell in extra innings to the Spartans in the early contest, 4-3, and then dropped a 6-0 decision to Eastern Illinois in the tournament finale.

Norfolk State 4, Charleston Southern 3 (8 inn.)
Norfolk State took advantage of the international tiebreaker situation in the top of the eighth inning to push across the go-ahead run and Charleston Southern was unable to answer as the Buccaneers fell in their first game of the day at the Holy City Showdown.

The Spartans' (10-16) win evened the weekend series with the Buccaneers. Charleston Southern took the opening game between the two teams on Friday night with a 6-2 victory over NSU.

With Keira Randolph placed on second courtesy of the tiebreaker rule, the Spartans dropped down the sacrifice bunt to move her to third. Two batters later, Jaylene Pryor connected on an RBI single to left to give NSU the 4-3 lead.

Sarah Brown took second for the Bucs in the bottom half of the frame. After Meghan Gagliano was called out for stepping out of the box, Destini Ewing drew a walk to put two on with one out. However, fly outs to centerfield and right field ended the contest in favor of the Spartans.

NSU starter Kayla Porter (2-1) went the distance to earn the victory in the circle for the Spartans. She allowed nine hits and three runs (two earned) while pitching around five walks in the winning effort.

Holly Clark (5-4) took the loss for the Bucs after entering the game in the top of the sixth inning. The sophomore ace struck out three in the seventh before getting tagged with the unearned run in the extra frame.

The Bucs scored first in the contest with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Sydney Garling's base-running forced a rundown and allowed Sarah Brown to score on the play to give CSU their first run of the game. Laina Holmgren added a double off the left field wall scoring Garling to give CSU the early 2-0 lead.

NSU followed in the top of the third with a similar situation against CSU starter Alyssa Heinrich. Pryor's stolen base attempt allowed Jade Dixon to score on the throw down to second for the Spartans' first run of the game.

Cher Jamison tied the game up in the top of the fourth with a fielder's choice scoring Kayla Porter before Nicole Ayala was able to end the rally with the grounder back to the circle.

Adept base-running led to CSU's third run of the contest as Kendall Anderson pinch-ran for Ewing after a leadoff walk. Anderson stole second on the first pitch and then came around to score on Madison Koger's bunt single to stake CSU to the 3-2 lead.

NSU evened the game in its next at-bats as the team loaded the bases against reliever Emily Visnic. Randolph brought home the game-tying run after getting hit by a pitch allowing Hunter Halford to score with two outs in the frame. Visnic rebounded to catch Dixon looking at strike three to end the at-bats.

Neither team scored over the next two innings with Clark striking out three in the seventh to help send the game into extra innings.

Brown paced the Bucs at the plate with a 2-for-4 appearance to go with a pair of stolen bases. Sydney Garling added a pair of stolen bases in the contest.

Eastern Illinois 6, Charleston Southern 0
Charleston Southern's offense struggled in the final game of the Holy City Showdown on Sunday evening as the Buccaneers fell to the Panthers, 6-0.

Destini Ewing paced the Bucs with a pair of hits including a late double, while Jade Gandara and Annie Bakenhus both recorded singles for CSU in the contest. However, CSU was unable to get traction against EIU starter Jessica Wireman. Wireman (7-3) went the distance in the circle allowing three hits and two walks while striking out seven.

The Panthers struck for five runs (four earned) against CSU starter Arizona Pilgrim (6-4) over the first five innings of the game. Pilgrim allowed six hits and struck out five in the loss. Nina Del Rio went the final two innings allowing three hits and an unearned run while striking out four.

Eastern Illinois took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first off of CSU starter Arizona Pilgrim. Kayla Bear drew a leadoff walk and stole second. Two batters later, Haley Mitchell connected on an RBI single up the middle with Bear crossing the plate for the first run of the game.

The Panthers tacked on two more in the top of the third to take the 3-0 lead. Mitchell opened the scoring with a bases-loaded RBI single to left field bringing home Kristen Ames. Mia Davis followed with a sacrifice fly to left allowing Bear to score for the second time in the contest to give EIU the three-run lead.

Davis added two more to EIU's totals in the top of the fifth with a home run down the left field line. Davis' blast scored Mitchell to give the Panthers the 5-0 lead.

The Panthers added another run in the sixth as Mady Poulter drew a bases-loaded walk scoring Morgan LaMore.

Ewing started the Bucs' bottom of the seventh with a leadoff double to the right centerfield gap as the junior attempted to spark the rally. Bakenhus added a two-out infield single to put runners on the corners.  However, CSU was unable to bring them home as the Bucs fell to the Panthers.

News & Notes

  • Four Bucs recorded appearances in the circle in the game against the Spartans with Alyssa Heinrich (3.1 inn.), Nicole Ayala (1.0 inn.), Emily Visnic (1.0 inn.), and Holly Clark (2.2 inn.) all seeing time on the rubber.
  • Sarah Brown and Sydney Garling became the first Bucs to record multiple stolen bases in the same game this season as the duo both posted two in the contest.
  • CSU's five stolen bases in the game against the Spartans was a season-high for the Buccaneers and marked the 12th time CSU has recorded multiple steals in a game.
  • CSU fell in back-to-back games for just the second time this season and falls to 2-7 in games played away from the CSU Softball Field.
  • Arizona Pilgrim and Nina Del Rio combined for nine strikeouts in the contest, setting a new season-high for the Buccaneers' pitching staff.
  • The Bucs finish tournament play with a 16-10 mark on the year.

Up Next
Charleston Southern returns home to the CSU Softball Field on Tuesday afternoon for a doubleheader against Eastern Illinois. First pitch between the Bucs and the Panthers is set for 1 p.m.

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