CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern was shut out at home by Missouri on day two of the Wingate by Wyndham Invitational, falling to the Tigers 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Holly Clark (0-2) went the distances in her first collegiate start, allowing six hits and three runs, while striking out three in the losing effort. Cheyenne Baxter (1-0) went 5.1 innings for Missouri (3-1) to pick up the win, while Madi Norman pitched the Tigers out of trouble in the sixth inning to pick up her first save of the season.
Both teams left runners on base in the first inning after Kirsten Mack singled to center for the Tigers and Jade Gandara singled to left field for the Buccaneers (2-3). Caitlyn Emberson nearly knocked in two runs for CSU, but a fly to deep right was caught by Anna Reed just short of the fence.
Reed turned around and came through for Mizzou at the plate, getting the Tigers going in the top of the second with a double to center. She advanced to third on a pass ball and came around to score on Braxton Burnside's groundout to short.Jade Gandara ended the Tigers' rally with a diving catch in left field to end the inning.
The Buccaneers nearly tied it up when Mallory Kasinger connected on a deep fly ball to right field in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the freshman's blast was caught on the warning track just in front the fence.
The Tigers added runs in the sixth inning with Reed sacrificing in Burnside, while Kirsten Mack touched the plate on a successful double steal.
CSU again nearly answered with the long ball as Emberson again nearly put one out over right field with runners on second and third. However, Reed snagged the shot with a backhanded grab to send the game into the final inning.
Clark retired Mizzou in order in the seventh to give CSU a chance. Georgi DeLio connected on a double off the top of the fence in deep center field in the bottom of the inning, but the offensive effort was too little too late as a groundout ended the game to give the Bucs their second loss against the #17 team.