CHARLESTON, S.C. - Jade Gandara capped a record-setting day on Saturday afternoon with a three-RBI contest as Charleston Southern split on the third day of the Willie Jewell's Invitational at the CSU Softball Field. The Buccaneers fell in the opener to Dayton, 3-2, before bouncing back to top Maryland Eastern Shore, 10-2, in the nightcap.
The senior outfielder surpassed former alum Jana Matthews to overtake the career RBI title. Gandara's two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning against UMES to drive in her 142nd and 143rd career RBI to surpass Matthews (141, 2010-13). Gandara finished the day 2-of-6 from the plate with a pair of doubles and three RBI.
Sarah Brown added a pair of multi-hit games while adding two RBI, four runs scored, a triple, and four stolen bases on the day to highlight the sophomore infielder's best offensive output of 2019. Madison Koger added four RBI over the two games while adding three sacrifice flies.
Alyssa Heinrich (1-0) recorded her first win of 2019 in relief against UMES. The sophomore right-hander retired all six batters she faced to close out the Hawks. Emily Visnic, Arizona Pilgrim (1-2) and Holly Clark all saw action in the circle on Saturday.
Game One: Dayton 3, Charleston Southern 2
Dayton scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning and held off two late Charleston Southern rallies to top the Buccaneers in a rematch of the first game of the Willie Jewell's Invitational.
CSU loaded the bases in both the sixth and seventh innings but was unable to extend the game as Jessica Gilliam (S, 1) shut down the Bucs to record the save.
Arizona Pilgrim suffered the loss in her third start of the season. The senior right-hander surrendered six hits and three runs while striking out two over 5.1 innings. Holly Clark allowed three hits over the final 1.2 innings.
Jessica Weaver (1-0) recorded the win after allowing five hits and one run over five innings' of work. Gilliam went the final two in the save.
How They Scored
- Ellie Ziegler brought home the first run of the game in the top of the first as the designated player connected on a sacrifice fly to score Kyle Davidson.
- CSU answered in the fourth inning as Summer Moore singled down the left field line and drove in Sarah Brown to tie the game up at 1-1.
- Abby Ehrenborg broke the tie with a solo home run to left centerfield with one out in the frame.
- Hannah Heraty added an insurance run with a two-out RBI single scoring Lisa Tassi in the sixth.
- Madison Koger took one run back in the bottom of the sixth with a one-out bases-loaded sacrifice fly to left field scoring Jade Gandara.
- CSU loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh inning, but CSU was unable to bring the tying run across as Gilliam recorded the final out on an infield popup.
Game Two: Charleston Southern 10, Maryland Eastern Shore 2 (5 inn.)
Charleston Southern scored in every inning and plated six runs in the final frame to close out the third day of the Willie Jewell's Invitational with the dominant 10-2 win over the visiting Hawks.
Sarah Brown (3-for-3, 3 runs, two RBI, 3 stolen bases) paced a dominant CSU attack in the game as the sophomore infielder was all over the base paths. Madison Koger and Jade Gandara contributed three RBI apiece, while Caitlyn Emberson drove in two runs with a pair of run-scoring singles in CSU's second win of the weekend against the Hawks.
How They Scored
- Caitlyn Emberson brought home the first run of the game with a run-scoring single to right centerfield scoring Bakenhus to stake CSU to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
- Madison Koger's sacrifice fly to centerfield was deep enough to score Sarah Brown in the bottom of the second and put CSU ahead 2-0.
- Bakenhus' speed was key to CSU's third run of the contest with the fleet-footed centerfielder scoring on Jade Gandara's groundout to first.
- Stephanie Huff followed up Breana Florez's double with a two-bagger of her own to put the Hawks on the board in the top of the fourth. She later scored on a wild pitch to narrow the gap to 3-2.
- Koger provided another key hit in the game, this one a double down the left field line to drive in Brown in the bottom of the fourth and extend CSU's lead to 4-2.
- Gandara's record-setting RBI came with none out in the bottom of the fifth as Brooklynn Brewington and Annie Bakenhus scored on the drive to the left centerfield fence.
- Emberson followed with an RBI single scoring Gandara to stretch the CSU lead to 7-2.
- Two batters later, Brown tripled to centerfield scoring Heather Carver and SeaEnna Satcher to put the Bucs ahead 9-2.
- Koger's second sacrifice fly was deep enough to score Brown and end the contest.
Inside the Numbers
- Jade Gandara finished the afternoon with 143 career RBI to overtake Jana Matthews (141, 2010-13) and become the all-time leader in CSU softball program history in the category.
- Gandara is 18 RBI from joining the Big South's top-10 all-time career RBI list sitting behind Coastal Carolina's Holly Lee (161, 2000-03).
- Sarah Brown's three stolen bases against Maryland Eastern Shore tied her for fifth all-time in a CSU single-game – equaling the mark achieved by teammate Meghan Gagliano last season against Presbyterian.
- Eight different CSU players have hit at least .300 from the plate through the first five games this season paced by Koger's .500 batting average this season.
- Sarah Brown leads the Bucs in multiple categories including hits (7), triples (1) and stolen bases (4).
- Gandara is CSU's leader with three doubles and eight RBI.
Charleston Southern closes out the Willie Jewell's Invitational on Sunday afternoon as the Buccaneers host South Dakota at the CSU Softball Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.