Buccaneers split on first day of JU/UNF Spring Break Challenge

Buccaneers split on first day of JU/UNF Spring Break Challenge

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern split on the Buccaneers' first day of the JU/UNF Spring Break Challenge as CSU topped Cleveland State in the opener, 5-4, before falling to host North Florida in the evening game, 11-3.

Annie Bakenhus and Caitlyn Emberson both recorded four hits over CSU's (6-19) two games on the day to highlight the Buccaneers' efforts at the UNF Softball Complex.

Game One: Charleston Southern 5, Cleveland State 4
Rhiana Hubbard came up with a key RBI single in the bottom of the sixth and Charleston Southern overcame a late Cleveland State rally to hold on for the 5-4 win over the Vikings on Saturday afternoon.

Annie Bakenhus, Jade Gandara, and Caitlyn Emberson all recorded doubles and posted multi-hit games to pace the CSU offense in the contest. Emberson added a team-high two RBI in the game, while Gandara, Brown, Brooklynn Brewington, and Destini Ewing all scored runs.

Arizona Pilgrim (3-9) picked up her third win of the season in the circle after going the final five innings in relief. The junior right-hander surrendered six hits and one unearned run while striking out five. Holly Clark went the first two innings in the start allowing six hits and three runs.

Kelly Hysong, Syndey Bajusz, and Alyssa Rose all recorded two hits in the contest as Cleveland State posted 12 hits as a team in the game. Lindsey Ward added a triple among the Vikings' offensive highlights in the game.

Hanna Griffin (3-6) suffered the loss in the game after going the first four innings and allowing six hits and four runs (three earned). Hysong went the final two in relief allowing just Hubbard's RBI single.

How They Scored

  • Caitlyn Emberson's one-out double in the bottom of the first inning brought home Gandara and Brewington to stake the Buccaneers to the early 2-0 lead.
  • Hanna Breeden and Kelly Hysong both posted RBI singles in the top of the second to tie the game up at 2-2.
  • The Bucs went back ahead in the bottom of the second as Annie Bakenhus put a single through the right side of the infield scoring Ewing to give CSU the 3-2 lead.
  • Bajusz evened the score in the top of the third with a solo home run down the left field line to tie the game back up for the Vikings.
  • The Bucs took advantage of a lucky break in the bottom of the third inning as Gandara came around to score on a strikeout-wild pitch combination to give CSU the 4-3 advantage.
  • Hubbard drove in the Bucs' needed insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single to left field scoring Brown.
  • Talia Minisall scored on a CSU throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt in the top of the seventh with none out.
  • However, Arizona Pilgrim pitched the Bucs out of the situation with a pair of strikeouts to close out the win.

Game Two: North Florida 11, Charleston Southern 3 (5 inn.)
Charleston Southern was unable to hold off a potent Osprey offense in the final game of the day as the Buccaneers fell to the host North Florida team, 11-3.

The Buccaneers pitching staff surrendered 11 hits and 11 runs (10 earned), while giving up six walks in the game. Arizona Pilgrim (3-10) suffered the loss in the contest, while Holly Clark and Alyssa Heinrich also saw time in the circle in the game.

Annie Bakenhus and Caitlyn Emberson continued to swing the hot bats in the game with the senior duo both recording a pair of hits. Emberson added CSU's lone double in the contest.

Sydney Matzko (4-4) went the distance in the five-inning win. The UNF hurler surrendered six hits and three runs (two earned), while striking out seven.

Dominica Cocuzza doubled and homered on her way to driving in a game-high four runs for the Ospreys. Tiffany Lower also connected on a home run, while Taylor Engman had a pair of doubles and two RBI in the win.

How They Scored

  • North Florida took the early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Paige Pfent (sacrifice fly) and Veronika Klimplova (single) both drove in RBI in the inning.
  • Destini Ewing's infield single scored Summer Moore to put the Buccaneers on the scoreboard in the top of the second.
  • Caitlyn Emberson tied the game up in the top of the third with an RBI double scoring Annie Bakenhus to even the score at 2-2.
  • Cocuzza swung the advantage firmly back to UNF with a two-run shot in the bottom of the third to highlight a three-run inning that put the Ospreys ahead 5-2.
  • Lower added a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to stretch the lead to 6-2.
  • Annie Bakenhus was CSU's final runner to cross the plate in the game as the senior left fielder scored on a wild pitch in the top of the fifth.
  • Engman and Cocuzza highlighted UNF's five-run fifth inning as both players connected on two-run doubles in the inning with Cocuzza's ending the game in walk-off fashion.

News & Notes

  • CSU Head Coach Venus Taylor picked up her 200th career coaching win on Saturday afternoon thanks to the Bucs' win over Cleveland State.
  • CSU's 5-4 win over Cleveland State snapped a six-game losing streak dating back to February 24th as the Buccaneers continue their tournament schedule prior to conference play.
  • Annie Bakenhus continues to lead the Bucs in hits (26), runs (17), and doubles (8) following her efforts on Saturday.
  • Caitlyn Emberson (.311) is back over .300 on the season following her four-hit day.

Up Next
Charleston Southern closes out the JU/UNF Spring Break Challenge tomorrow as the Buccaneers head to Jacksonville University for a pair of games against Georgetown and host JU. First pitch against Georgetown is set for 9 a.m., while the Bucs will take on the host Dolphins at 2 p.m.

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