HAMPTON, Va. - Charleston Southern's seventh-inning rally came up just short on Sunday afternoon as the Buccaneers fell in the series finale at Hampton, 3-2.
CSU (15-28, 9-6 Big South) rallied back in the top of the seventh inning as the Buccaneers loaded the bases against the Pirates (19-13, 4-8 Big South) with one out. Brooklynn Brewington brought home Madison Koger with a bunt single for CSU's first run of the contest.
After Hampton's Allyson Babinsack (S, 1) retired Jade Gandara with a fly out to left field, Caitlyn Emberson singled home Meghan Gagliano to cut the margin down to 3-2. However, Annie Bakenhus was thrown out trying to score on the play to end the game and help the Pirates salvage the series finale.
Brewington and Gandara combined for four of CSU's nine hits in the game as the Buccaneers out-hit the Pirates 9-4 in the contest. Koger's double in the seventh inning was CSU's lone extra-base hit in the contest.
Arizona Pilgrim (9-16) suffered the loss in the circle after going the first 4.1 innings and striking out five. Holly Clark went the final 1.2 innings in relief striking out two. Hampton took advantage of a pair of CSU errors to record three unearned runs in the game.
Taylor Warrick provided the big hit for the Pirates in the contest with her double in the bottom of the fourth inning helping provide the difference. Allie Hotetz (9-6) took the win after going the first 6.1 innings and allowing seven hits, while Babinsack retired the final two outs to secure the save.
How They Scored
- Hampton plated the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning as Samyah Richardson scored on Kennedy Hickey's hit by pitch to put the Pirates ahead 1-0.
- Taylor Warrick stretched the Hampton lead to 3-0 with a two-run double scoring Sarah Kollas and Morgan Crawford in the bottom of the fourth.
- CSU rallied in the top of the seventh with Brewington's bunt single scoring Koger to put the Bucs back within 3-1.
- Caitlyn Emberson's RBI single through the left side scoring Gagliano, but Bakenhus was thrown out at the plate attempting to score to end the game with CSU falling 3-2.
News & Notes
- CSU's season-best six-game winning streak was snapped on Sunday afternoon as the Buccaneers fell in the finale against the Pirates.
- The Bucs' program-best six consecutive wins in Big South play was also snapped at the hands of the Pirates.
- CSU is currently 6-3 during their 13-game road trip with series wins over Presbyterian and Hampton.
- The Bucs have 10 games left in the 2019 season with a weekend series at Longwood (April 13-14), a midweek game against CofC (April 16), and two home series against Gardner-Webb (April 19-20) and Winthrop (May 2-3) still to play.
Charleston Southern is back on the road next weekend for the weekend series against Longwood set for April 13-14 in Farmville, Va. at Lancer Field.