CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mallory Kasinger and Sarah Brown connected on back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the third to support Arizona Pilgrim's strong performance in the circle as Charleston Southern topped visiting Presbyterian on Friday afternoon, 6-1.
The Bucs (19-17, 3-4) utilized the pair of home runs and Meghan Gagliano's career-high three stolen bases to top the Blue Hose in the series opener. Camryn Alverson provided the Blue Hose (2-27, 0-7) lone RBI in the contest with a run-scoring single in the fifth.
Pilgrim (8-7) went the first five innings in picking up her team-leading eighth win of the season. The junior right-hander allowed five hits and one runs while striking out four in the victory. Emily Visnic closed out the contest allowing just a single over the final two innings.
Kaylee Allen (0-14) went the first 2.1 innings in the start for PC allowing three hits and four runs while striking out three in taking the loss. Alverson and Sarah Ramsbottom went the final 3.2 innings to close out the game in relief.
After a scoreless two innings to start the contest, the Bucs struck first in the bottom of the third. Emberson reached on her 14th hit by pitch this season with one out in the frame. Jade Gandara followed with a sharp single up the middle to put two on against Allen. Kasinger followed with her ninth home run of the season with her three-run shot clearing the left field fence to put CSU ahead 3-0. Brown followed two pitches later with her seventh home run to give CSU the four-run advantage.
PC took one back in the top of the fifth. Chelsea Lyons sparked the rally with a one-out infield single. Macy Hyatt battled her way to a walk before Alverson connected on an RBI single bringing home Lyons to narrow the gap to 4-1.
CSU added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the frame on Summer Moore's two-out pinch-hit single. Brown reached on a leadoff walk and Meghan Gagliano's infield single put two on with none out. The duo pulled off a double steal to move into scoring position before Moore's single cleared the leaping shortstop and fell in shallow left field to put the Bucs ahead 6-1.
Visnic entered in relief in the top of the sixth and allowed just a one-out single in the seventh the rest of the way in securing the CSU win.
News & Notes
- Meghan Gagliano's trio of stolen bases put her in sole possession atop the Big South individual category this season with 20 steals on the year. It was the first three stolen base game for the Bucs this season and first since Amanda Matsumoto pulled off the feat last season at South Carolina State on March 21, 2017.
- Mallory Kasinger and Sarah Brown's back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the third was the fifth time CSU has connected back-to-back this season and the second time the duo has accomplished the feat. Kasinger-Brown went back-to-back on February 28 against St. Bonaventure, also in the third inning.
- Caitlyn Emberson's on-base streak reached a season-high 15 games following her HBP in the third inning.
- Jade Gandara was back in the lineup after missing four games due to injury. The junior left fielder went 2-for-3 from the plate and reached base in all four plate appearances on the day.
Charleston Southern and Presbyterian close out the Big South Conference series tomorrow afternoon with a doubleheader at the CSU Softball Field. First pitch between the teams is set for 1 p.m.