Buccaneers take control early in Holy City Showdown finale win over UNC Wilmington

Buccaneers take control early in Holy City Showdown finale win over UNC Wilmington

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Arizona Pilgrim hurled five shutout innings and Madison Koger drove in a pair of runs to highlight Charleston Southern's 5-2 win over UNC Wilmington on Sunday afternoon to close out the Holy City Showdown.

Pilgrim (2-5) went 5.1 innings in recording her second win of the season. The senior ace allowed two hits and two walks while striking out seven in earning the win. Alyssa Heinrich closed out the final 1.2 innings, including getting the Buccaneers (5-12) out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the sixth.

Summer Moore, Caitlyn Emberson, Sarah Brown, and Koger all recorded singles for the Bucs against UNC Wilmington to pace the offensive efforts. Emberson was also hit by two pitches to raise her season total to five in recording a perfect on-base percentage on the day.

 Meghan Whitecavage provided the lone excitement from the plate for UNCW (6-7) on the afternoon with a two-run single in the top of the seventh inning. The Seahawks were limited to four hits in the ballgame with Janel Gamache's double the lone extra-base hit in the contest.

Rylee Pate (4-2) suffered the loss in the circle after surrendering all four CSU hits and five runs while striking out three. Lacey Fox and Laurel Koontz closed out the final three innings to keep UNCW within striking distance.

How They Scored

  • Nina Del Rio brought home the first run of the game with a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the first scoring Brooklynn Brewington.
  • Sarah Brown followed with a bouncing single up the middle to score Summer Moore, before Madison Koger connected on a sacrifice fly to right field plating Heather Carver to give CSU the early 3-0 lead.
  • Rhiana Hubbard drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the second inning and made her way around the base paths before scoring on a passed ball to put CSU ahead 4-0.
  • Koger blooped a two-out single to right centerfield in the bottom of the third scoring Brown to stretch the margin to 5-0.
  • Whitecavage drilled a 3-1 offering off the wall in left center scoring Emily Langkamp and Hailey Sales to put UNCW on the board with one out in the top of the seventh.
  • The UNCW rally came up short though as Koger snagged a hard line drive and doubled Rachel Willis off first to end the game.

News & Notes

  • Charleston Southern's win snapped an eight-game losing streak and closed out the Bucs' final game of the first month of the season.
  • CSU finished February with a 5-12 overall record with wins over Dayton, UMES (twice), Detroit Mercy, and UNC Wilmington.
  • Summer Moore's single in the bottom of the first inning extended her hitting streak to five consecutive games.
  • Arizona Pilgrim's seven strikeouts were one short of her season-high set back on February 15 against ETSU and marked her fifth game this year with at least six strikeouts.
  • Sarah Brown picked up her team-leading fifth stolen base of the season in the bottom of the third inning.
  • Madison Koger's two-RBI game was her second multi-RBI game of the season.

Up Next
Charleston Southern continues the 2019 season next weekend as the Bucs take their first extended road trip of the year traveling to the Duke Invitational held on March 1-3. CSU will take on Ohio (twice), Duke, N.C. State, and Kansas over the three-day tournament.

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