CSU unable to hold off Cougars' late rally

CSU unable to hold off Cougars' late rally

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - College of Charleston took advantage of three CSU errors to rally for five late runs to complete the comeback on Wednesday evening against Charleston Southern at Patriots Point, 7-4.

Sarah Brown connected on her sixth home run of the season and Caitlyn Emberson added a pair of doubles to highlight a CSU (18-17) offensive effort that produced three runs in the top of the first inning as the Bucs jumped ahead early. However, CofC (20-13) rallied back behind the complete game effort from Summer Jenkins (7-6) to take the win between the crosstown rivals.

Emily Visnic (0-3) suffered the loss in relief for the Bucs on Wednesday evening as the freshman right-hander surrendered five runs (four earned) in 2.1 innings. Arizona Pilgrim went the first two innings in the circle, while Nicole Ayala and Alyssa Heinrich went the final 1.2 innings in relief.

Jenkins went the distance in the complete game effort in the circle overcoming a bout of wildness to retire the Bucs. She allowed four runs (three earned) while walking six on the night.

Emberson led CSU's hitting efforts in the loss as the junior catcher went 3-for-4 from the plate with a run scored. Sarah Brown and Nina Del Rio added a pair of RBI apiece in the loss.

Dexlie Inman paced the Cougars with a 2-for-3 performance from the plate with a team-leading four RBI in the contest.

Brown opened the scoring for the Bucs in the top of the first inning as the freshman third baseman connected on her sixth home run of the season. Her shot cleared the left field fence and brought home Annie Bakenhus to stake CSU to the 2-0 lead.

Emberson kept the inning going with a single up the middle. Kendall Anderson entered the game as a pinch-runner and promptly stole second base to put the running in scoring position. Mallory Kasinger singled her over to third and Nina Del Rio brought the run home with a sacrifice fly to give the Bucs the 3-0 lead.

The Cougars took two back in the bottom of the frame. Kelly Sinclair scored on a CSU error, while Inman singled home Taylor Belfiore to pull CofC back within one after the first inning.

Both sides remained scoreless until the fifth inning with the Bucs tacked on another run in the top half of the frame. Emberson sparked the frame with a leadoff double over the right fielder's head. She advanced to third on a passed ball and came around to score on Del Rio's seeing-eye single through the right side to give the Bucs the 4-2 lead.

CofC rallied back in the bottom of the frame plating three runs on Inman's bases-loaded triple to take the lead. Taylor Dupree brought home the first run of the frame on a bunt single to narrow the margin to 4-3. Inman connected on a bases-clearing triple three batters later to stake the Cougars to the 6-4 lead. Madi Brown added an RBI single in the frame to provide the final margin.

Emberson doubled with two outs in the sixth for CSU's lone base runner over the final two innings as the Jenkins closed out the contest.

News & Notes

  • Caitlyn Emberson's three-hit performance extended her season-best on-base streak to 14 consecutive games.
  • Sarah Brown became the third CSU batter to connect on at least six home runs in 2018 following her two-run shot in the first inning joining Jade Gandara (11) and Mallory Kasinger (8).
  • College of Charleston extended its winning streak to 13 games over the Buccaneers with the midweek win over CSU.

Up Next
Charleston Southern returns home and to Big South Conference play this weekend with a three-game series against Presbyterian starting Friday afternoon. First pitch between the Bucs and the Blue Hose is set for 4 p.m.

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