COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina scored every inning to hold off visiting Charleston Southern on Wednesday night at the Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field as the Buccaneers fell to the host Gamecocks, 14-0.
The loss knocks the Bucs down to 25-28 heading into the final weekend of the regular season, while the No. 12 Gamecocks improve to 42-11 following the win.
Annie Bakenhus recorded CSU's lone hit in the contest with a leadoff single in the top of the fourth inning, while Sarah Brown and Destini Ewing both drew walks for the Bucs' base runners in the contest.
Alyssa Heinrich (7-5) suffered the loss on a staff pitching day as the freshman allowed three runs on three hits while striking out one in the first inning. Emily Visnic, Arizona Pilgrim, and Holly Clark combined to go the remaining three innings in relief.
Mackenzie Boesel homered twice and drove in eight RBI to pace the Gamecocks' offense. Boesel's two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning put USC ahead early, while her grand slam in the third secured the run-rule win for South Carolina.
Dixie Raley (11-4) went the distance in the complete game win striking out 10 while walking two in the victory.
Alyssa VanDerveer added a two-run home run, while Kenzi Maguire scored four runs in the contest to pace USC to the win over the Bucs.
News & Notes
- Wednesday's loss to the Gamecocks marked CSU's third loss to a Southeastern Conference team this season and the third loss to a ranked opponent in 2018. The Bucs dropped two games to then-ranked No. 5 Tennessee on March 2 and March 3 at the Tennessee Invitational.
- It was the fourth time CSU has been one-hit this season.
- It was also the fourth time the Bucs have been shutout on the year.
- Destini Ewing has drawn a walk in four of the last five games and picked up her team-leading 32nd free pass of the year in the third inning.
Charleston Southern returns home to the CSU Softball Stadium on Friday afternoon to start the final Big South Conference weekend series of the 2018 season. The Bucs take on Radford in the first game of the three-game series with first pitch set for 4 p.m. CSU will recognize 2018 seniors Nicole Ayala and Laina Holmgren prior to first pitch with a pregame ceremony.