Buccaneers take Big South opener behind Pilgrim's complete game effort

Buccaneers take Big South opener behind Pilgrim's complete game effort

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Arizona Pilgrim hurled a complete game four-hitter and Charleston Southern took advantage of a two-run second inning in taking the Big South home opener over Radford on Friday afternoon, 2-1.

Sarah Brown and Meghan Gagliano drove in both CSU (7-22, 1-0 Big South) runs in the bottom of the second inning to give the Bucs the early lead over the visiting Highlanders (7-15, 0-1 Big South). Pilgrim (4-11) took over the rest of the way surrendering just a fifth inning solo home run to Sydney Fisher in recording her fifth complete game on the year.

Brooklynn Brewington and Brown paced the Bucs with two hits apiece as CSU pushed out eight hits in their Big South opener. Jade Gandara and Madison Koger added doubles for the Bucs' extra-base hits during the game, while Brown's pair of stolen bases highlighted a three-steal effort for CSU.

Pilgrim was masterful in her fourth win of the season. The senior right-hander surrendered just four hits and allowed just one runner past second base over the final six innings. Pilgrim  finished with three strikeouts.

Jessie Marvin (3-7) nearly matched her CSU counterpart in the circle allowing eight hits and just the two early runs in the loss. Maggie Rowe led the Radford offense with a pair of singles.

How They Scored

  • Madison Koger's leadoff double in the bottom of the second inning sparked CSU's two-run frame as the Buccaneers took the early lead.
  • Sarah Brown brought home the first run in the inning with an RBI single up the middle, while Gagliano brought home Brown with a grounder to the second baseman to put the Bucs ahead 2-0.
  • Sydney Fisher's one-out solo home run in the top of the fifth was the Highlanders' lone run in the game as the sophomore drove a 1-0 pitch over the right field fence.

Wingate by Wyndham Player of the Game – Senior Pitcher Arizona Pilgrim

  • Pilgrim pitched around a pair of runners in the first inning in turning in her second consecutive solid starting effort.
  • The senior right-hander allowed at least one runner in each of the first five innings before settling in late.
  • The Taft, Calif. native retired the final eight batters, the final on strikes, to close out the win.

News & Notes

  • Charleston Southern snapped a two-game losing streak to the Highlanders and improved to 4-3 against Radford over the last three seasons.
  • The Bucs won their Big South opener for the first time since the 2015 season when CSU topped Gardner-Webb, 4-1, on March 20 at the CSU Softball Field.
  • Arizona Pilgrim's victory was the 30th of her collegiate career as the senior sits fifth all-time in CSU wins in the circle.
  • Sarah Brown's pair of stolen bases moved her into a three-way tie with Tia  Walker (2000-01) and Courtney Konyk (2010-13) with 22 career steals.
  • Brown leads the Buccaneers with seven stolen bases on the season.

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Up Next
Charleston Southern and Radford close out the weekend series tomorrow afternoon at the CSU Softball Field with first pitch of the doubleheader set for noon on ESPN+.

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