Bucs sweep #2 seed Campbell ahead of Big South Tournament

Bucs sweep #2 seed Campbell ahead of Big South Tournament

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Charleston Southern swept Big South #2 seed Campbell with 4-1 and 2-1 victories over the Fighting Camels on Saturday afternoon at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium. 

The Buccaneers (25-34, 10-11) went undefeated against Campbell (29-25, 13-8) in both teams' last regular-season series, with CSU earning its spot in the Big South tournament after a 6-4 win over the Camels on Friday.

Arizona Pilgrim (9-10) led the Bucs in the circle allowing one earned run while striking out seven through nine innings pitched on the day.  Pilgrim recorded six strikeouts in a complete game effort in CSU's 4-1 victory and went on to close out CSU's 2-1 extra innings' win by holding the Camels hitless through the seventh and eighth frames.

Game One: Charleston Southern 4, Campbell 1

Amanda Matsumoto shattered Charleston Southern Softball's program record with her 233rd career hit with a RBI single in the Buccaneers' 4-1 win over Campbell on Saturday afternoon at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium. 

Campbell took the lead in the third inning after Caroline Smith stole home on an unsuspecting CSU defense.  The Bucs answered back in the top of the fifth with a two-out rally sparked by a base hit up the middle from pinch-hitter Brooke Lein.      

Georgi DeLio followed Lein with a drive off the wall down the left field line and a wild pitch put runners on second and third.  Matsumoto brought in CSU's first run with her record-breaking hit to tie the game at 1-1.  A wild pitch scored DeLio and a single from Jade Gandara gave the Bucs the 3-1 lead through four and a half frames.

CSU added another run in the sixth inning with a leadoff double down the right field line from Mallory Kasinger.  The freshman advanced to third on a wild pitch, and pinch-runner Taylor Powell scored on two outs with another wild pitch to give the Bucs the 4-1 advantage they would not relinquish.

Arizona Pilgrim led CSU in the circle with six strikeouts in the complete game effort for her eighth win of the season. 

Game Two: Charleston Southern 2, Campbell 1

The strong pitching of reliever Arizona Pilgrim and a clutch RBI from Mallory Kasinger in the top of the eighth inning pushed CSU past Campbell, 2-1, on Saturday night at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium. 

Campbell's Megan Richards (3-3) put up a strong performance in the circle for the Camels, allowing just two hits and one earned run in the complete game effort.

Holly Clark started in the circle for the Bucs and pitched for two strikeouts through four innings.  Campbell got on the board in the bottom of the fourth after Taesha DuBoise connected on a triple to left center.  Bailey Bjorson followed with a single down the left field line to put the Camels up 1-0 after four frames. 

Reliever Nicole Ayala went to the rubber for the Bucs in the bottom of the fifth and pitched for one strikeout and just one hit through two innings.

CSU tied the game up in the sixth after a fleet footed Amanda Matsumoto reached on a walk and made her way around the bases with a groundout, flyout and wild pitch to set the score at 1-1 after five and a half frames.

With the score still tied at 1-1 after seven innings, Stevi Johnson connected for the Bucs' second hit of the game with a single up the middle in the top of the eighth.  A fielder's choice and a fielding error put CSU runners on first and second and both runners moved up on a wild pitch.

CSU loaded the bases with a walk and a Kasinger RBI groundout to second base gave the Bucs' the 2-1 advantage in the middle of the eighth frame.

CSU intentionally walked Big South home run leader Amber Schisler to open the bottom of the inning and a sacrifice bunt moved her to second.  A pop up to follow put two away. A CSU fielding error and a dive into first base by Megan Mozingo kept the Camels in contention.  On that same play, the Bucs attempted to pick Schisler off at third, but the throw went wide. 

Schisler set her sights on home as Kasinger hustled for the ball and made the throw to DeLio.  The senior catcher laid down the tag for the third out and the 2-1 extra innings victory for the Buccaneers.

CSU now turns its attention to next week's Big South Tournament at Longwood with the Bucs set to play Winthrop on Wednesday.  First pitch is set for noon on the Big South Network.

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