|UNCW Completes Play At CSU Invitational|
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - The UNCW softball team fell to No. 7 Tennesee, 9-0, and host Charleston Southern, 5-4, in extra innings to close out its appearance in the CSU Buccaneer Invitational Saturday at Buccaneer Field.
The Seahawks slipped to 6-11 on the season as they completed their appearance in the four-team tournament with a 0-4 record. UNCW returns to action Wednesday as it travels to Greensboro for a 1 p.m. doubleheader versus state foe North Carolina A&T.
Versus Tennessee, the Lady Vols did all of their damage in the early going, plating four runs in the bottom of the first before adding two runs in the second and three in the third to build a 9-0 advantage.
That would be all the support that sophomore Cheyanne Tarango would need as she faced just two batters over the limit in five innings in the circle to improve to 3-1 on the season. Tarango struck out five and did not issue a walk.
Junior Melissa Davin was 2-for-2 with two RBI to pace a Tennessee attack that finished with six hits. Senior Kat Dotson and junior Madison Shipman were both 1-for-2 with two RBI while freshman Lexi Overstreet was 1-for-2 with a RBI.
Junior KC Shue recorded the Seahawks lone hit versus the Volunteers, a single through the left side in the top of the fourth.
Against Charleston Southern, the two teams would go to the international tie breaker to determine the winner after playing to a 3-all tie through the first seven innings.
UNCW was able to push a run across in the top half of the frame as senior Olivia Poplin singled through the left side to give the Seahawks a 4-3 edge.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Seahawks were able to retire the first two batters of the inning before back-to-back walks loaded the bases for senior Melanie Stickney, who singled to center field to bring home two runs and give the Buccaneers a 5-4 victory.
Earlier in the contest, CSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, using RBI doubles by Seniors Linzy Rother and Jana Matthews to build the early advantage.
The Seahawks would draw even with three runs of their own in the top of the fifth as UNCW took advantage of three walks, two hit batsmen and a Buccaneer error to tie the game at 3-all.
Poplin was 1-for-2 with two walks and a RBI as she was the only UNCW player to record a hit against the Buccaneers. Junior Camry Wagner and freshman Erin Brown also drew walks in the contest.
Matthews and Rother were both 2-for-3 at the plate and junior Ari Tedesco was 2-for-4 with two runs scored to pace the CSU lineup. Rother and Stickney drove in two runs apiece while Matthews was credited with the Buccaneers fifth RBI of the contest.
Rother was credited with the win for CSU as she evened her season mark at 2-2. Rother pitched five innings in relief and allowed three runs (one earned) on one hit and four walks.