CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern was swept by Boise State in a doubleheader on day one of the Willie Jewell's Invitational, falling to the Broncos 10-4 and 7-0 on Thursday afternoon.
Jade Gandara and Mallory Kasinger led the Buccaneers (6-8) at the plate, with each player posting their fourth home run of the season in game one. Relief pitcher Nicole Ayala closed out the final two innings of CSU's first loss with a pair of strikeouts. In game two, Arizona Pilgrim went the distance for the Bucs in the circle, recording five strikeouts and allowing just three earned runs in the 7-0 loss.
Boise State (7-2) came out swinging and recorded a total of 24 hits, while pitchers Christina Washington and Kelsey Broadus combined for 20 strikeouts on the day.
The Buccaneers now turn their attention to day two of the Willie Jewell Invitational, where they will get another shot at redemption against the Broncos. First pitch between CSU and Boise State is set for 1:00 p.m. tomorrow on the Big South Network.
Game One: Boise State 10, Charleston Southern 4
Gandara and Kasinger homered with the duo driving in three runs and Caitlyn Emberson added a late RBI with Charleston Southern's final hit of the game as the Buccaneers fell to the Broncos, 10-4, in Thursday's Willie Jewell's Invitational opener.
Rebekah Cervantes got the Broncos on the board early with a solo home run to center field in the top of the first. CSU responded in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run from Gandara, but left two runners on base for a tied 1-1 ballgame heading into the second.
Kora Wade kept the Broncos' bats going with a hit through the right side and Shaelee Pearson drove two runs in with a shot all the way to the fence in left center. Tatiana Sorokina followed with another double to score Pearson and give Boise State the 4-1 lead.
After holding CSU hitless in the bottom of the second, the Broncos added three more runs with hits from Izzy Serrano, Cervantes, Makenzie Sullivan and Cassidy Edwards to lead CSU 7-1 in the top of the third. A speedy Boise State offense put two runners on base with bunts and a sacrifice fly from Cervantes put the score at 8-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
With two outs, Kasinger connected on a two-run home run over center field to cut into the BSU lead. Pinch-hitter Morgan Lamb answered with a two-run home run for the Broncos to put Boise State ahead 10-3 in the top of the fifth.
Ayala went to the circle for the Bucs in the sixth inning and held Boise State scoreless over the next two innings, recording two strikeouts in the relief effort. Amanda Matsumoto got on base in the seventh inning after being hit by a pitch and Stevi Johnson put her in scoring position with a single to left field. Emberson followed with a single to center to knock in Matsumoto for the Bucs' fourth and final run in the 10-4 loss.
Game Two: Boise State 7, Charleston Southern 0
The Buccaneers were shutout by Boise State in game two as Kelsey Broadus held CSU to just two hits for the 7-0 win on Thursday afternoon. Broadus (2-0) finished the day with thirteen strikeouts and three walks in the complete game effort. Arizona Pilgrim also went the distance in the circle, leading CSU with five strikeouts, one walk and three earned runs in the Buccaneer loss.
Pilgrim (2-3) retired the Broncos first two batters and held Boise State hitless in the first inning. Matsumoto started things off in the bottom of the inning with a bunt for the base hit. The Buccaneers went on to load the bases, but were unable to execute and left three runners stranded to end the inning.
Boise State scored three runs off four hits in the third inning. CSU was unable to spark a rally at the plate as Broadus struck out six of the next 10 batters and held the Bucs hitless until the seventh inning. CSU left the bases loaded again in the bottom of the sixth and the Broncos added four more runs off two hits and two errors in the field for the 7-0 lead as the Bucs returned to the plate. Pinch hitter Taylor Powell recorded CSU's second hit of the game to leadoff the seventh inning as the Buccaneers wrapped up the day with their second loss against Boise State.