Charleston Southern falls to #17 Missouri in final inning

Charleston Southern falls to #17 Missouri in final inning

CHARLESTON, S.C.—Charleston Southern fell to #17 Missouri, 4-3, in the final inning of its home-opener at the Wingate by Wyndham Invitational on Friday.

Mallory Kasinger connected on her third home run in as many games with a two-run shot in the fourth inning to lead the Buccaneers' (2-1) offense in the game. Holly Clark (0-1) suffered her first loss of the season in the circle as Missouri (1-1) was able to connect for two doubles in the top of the seventh and the game-winning run.

Mizzou got on board in the first inning after a Braxton Burnside RBI doubled to center field to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.  Jade Gandara responded for the Buccaneers with a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning, her second home run in as many days, to tie the game up at 1-1.

CSU held Mizzou scoreless in both the second and third inning, and threatened to take the early lead, but were unable to take advantage of a Stevi Johnson double in the bottom of the second to push in the go-ahead run.

Kolby Romaine got the Tigers' bats going in the fourth inning with a shot to left field for a double.  Singles from Regan Nash and Rylee Pierce got pinch runner Lexi Rampetsreiter across the plate and put Mizzou up 2-1.  Kasinger responded for the Bucs in the bottom half of the frame with a two-out, two-run home run on the first pitch to give CSU the 3-2 lead.

Missouri tied up the game at 3-3 in the next inning with a double from Kirsten Mack and a sacrifice fly from Jolie Duffner.  Madi Norman (1-0) shut the Bucs down in the bottom half of the inning with back-to-back strikeouts. 

Clark kept the shot at a win alive for the Bucs and helped CSU get back to the plate with a three-up, three-down inning in the circle in the sixth. 

Brittany McPherson was hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the sixth inning with a runner on first and a chance at the lead.  Pinch runner Cierra Robinson advanced to third after Johnson singled through the left side and Kasinger flied out to right field, but the Bucs were unable to capitalize and left two runners on base as Norman closed out the inning with her third strikeout of the game.

Mack came up big for the Tigers in the top of the seventh with a leadoff double to right center.  Pinch hitter Natalie Fleming followed suit and doubled down the left field line to send pinch runner Raime Cohen across the plate and put Mizzou ahead 4-3 in the top of the seventh. 

CSU was unable to put a runner on base in the bottom half of the inning in the loss.

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