Bucs fall in weekend finale to Virginia Tech

Bucs fall in weekend finale to Virginia Tech

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern was unable to mount a comeback on Sunday afternoon as the Buccaneers closed out the Wingate by Wyndham Invitational at the CSU Softball Field with a 10-0 loss to Virginia Tech.

Holly Clark (2-2) suffered the loss in the outing after going the first three innings and allowing eight hits, five runs, and two walks. Arizona Pilgrim and Alyssa Heinrich combined to go the final four innings in relief scattering six hits and three runs while striking out one.

Virginia Tech's Keely Rochard (6-0) recorded her second no-hitter of the weekend as the Hokies' sophomore ace struck out 13 and walked two in the complete game win. Rochard previously no-hit Detroit Mercy on Saturday morning in VT's weekend opener.

Destini Ewing and Meghan Gagliano drew a pair of walks for the Bucs to highlight CSU's (4-8) offensive efforts in the game. Defensively, Holly Clark nabbed a line drive back up the middle and doubled up a Virginia Tech (9-0) runner in the third inning to pace the Bucs in the field.

Kelsey Bennett and Meredith Slaw both connected on home runs as a part of a six extra-base hit explosion from the plate for the Hokies.

How They Scored

  • Sierra Walton, Emma Strouth, and Lauren Duff all brought home RBI in the top of the first inning to highlight a five-hit frame for the Hokies in their first at-bats.
  • Maddi Banks slid around a play at the plate in the second inning to put VT ahead 4-0.
  • Following the CSU double play in the third, Bennett connected on a two-out solo shot to left centerfield to stretch Virginia Tech's lead to 5-0.
  • Following a pair of scoreless innings from Pilgrim, the Hokies pushed two runs across in the sixth aided by a CSU fielding error to stretch the lead to 7-0.
  • Slaw's pinch-hit three-run home run in the top of the seventh capped the scoring in the game as her drive to right centerfield scored Jayme Bailey and Duff.

News & Notes

  • Clark fell to 2-2 on the season with both of her losses in 2019 coming at the hands of the Hokies.
  • Sunday's contest marked the third consecutive game the Buccaneers have been shutout, marking the first time since the 2017 season that CSU has been held scoreless in multiple consecutive games.
  • The Bucs closed out their season-opening 12-game home stand with a 4-8 overall record after hosting the Wingate by Wyndham Invitational, the Willie Jewell's Invitational, and a midweek contest against Coastal Carolina.
  • CSU will be back home next weekend for the Holy City Showdown (Feb. 22-24).

Up Next
Charleston Southern makes the trek to Columbia, S.C. and the Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field for a Wednesday night contest against the South Carolina Gamecocks. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

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