BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Charleston Southern limited Campbell to two runs on Saturday to win both games of the doubleheader and sweep the series.
Charleston Southern scored four unanswered in game one to take the 4-1 win and clinch the series. Campbell took a 1-0 lead in game two, but one run in the sixth and one in the eighth pushed CSU to the 2-1 win in game two.
Prior to Saturday's game one, Campbell's seven seniors (Taesha DuBoise, Amber Schisler, Taylor Campbell, Jessica Anderson, Bailey Bjorson, Katie Baker, and team manager Meagen Kennedy) were honored in a pregame ceremony.
Game one: Campbell 1, Charleston Southern 4
Charleston Southern scored three in the top of the fifth en route to a 4-1 series-clinching win over Campbell in game one on Saturday.
Amanda Matsumoto, who scored once and drove in a run, led the Bucs offensively. Taylor Powell, Sydney Garling, and Georgi Delio also scored for the visitors in the win.
Campbell's lone run came on a steal of home by Caroline Smith in the bottom of the third inning. Baker, Schisler, DuBoise, and Bjorson all tallied hits in the contest. With her 1-for-1 performance, Schisler has now reached base in 19 consecutive games.
CSU answered with three runs in the top of the fifth, as Matsumoto drove in Garling to knot the game at 1-1. Delio scored during the next at-bat on a wild pitch to give the Bucs the 2-1 advantage. Matsumoto added the third run of the inning on Jade Gandara's RBI single.
Powell put the visitors ahead by three, 4-1, in the next inning on a wild pitch, after she advanced to third in the same fashion.
Arizona Pilgrim (8-10) picked up the win in a complete game effort, allowing just one run and four hits. Katie Baker (15-9) took the loss in five innings, allowing three runs and striking out five.
Game two: Campbell 1, Charleston Southern 2 [F/8]
Matsumoto and Stevi Johnson scored the lone runs for CSU as it slipped by Campbell, 2-1, in eight innings on Saturday night.
DuBoise scored the only run for the Camels in the contest. After her triple to the wall, Bjorson connected on a RBI single down the line to score DuBoise and give CU a 1-0 lead after four innings of play.
Matsumoto evened the score in the sixth inning, scoring from third on a wild pitch. She finished the game 0-for-2, with two walks.
The two sides were in a defensive battle until top of the eighth when the visitors broke the deadlock. With the bases loaded, Mallory Kasinger grounded out to second base, which allowed Johnson to score from third and give CSU the 2-1 lead.
Campbell had an opportunity to equalize in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Schisler was tagged out at home to end the contest. After Schisler rounded third, the third baseman gathered an errant throw from first and was able to beat Schisler with a throw home.
Pilgrim (9-10) picked up the win in two innings of work, allowing no hits and walking two. Megan Richards (3-3) went the distance in the loss, allowing two hits, striking out five and walking six.
Campbell will turn its attention to the Big South tournament, May 10-13 in Farmville, Va. The No. 2 seeded Camels receive a bye into the quarterfinals and will open tournament play May 11 at 2:30 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.