|Seahawks Fall Twice In CSU Tourney|
CHARLESTON, South Carolina – The UNCW softball team fell in both of its contests on the second day of the Charleston Southern Softball Invitational, falling to Elon, 8-3, before suffering a 2-1 setback to host Charleston Southern in extra innings of a contest that was postponed due to darkness on Friday.
The Seahawks wrapped up their inaugural tournament appearance of the season with a 1-2 record after opening the event with a 7-0 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Friday.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Elon): Elon broke open a scoreless contest in the top of the third, exploding for five runs on four hits and a pair of UNCW errors to build a 5-0 cushion.
The Seahawks would trim the deficit to 5-3 thanks to a two-run home run from freshman Nella Chamblee in the fourth and a solo home run from senior Brittany Gamby in the fifth, but the Phoenix used run-scoring singles from junior Aly Quintana and senior Lauren Oldham in the top of the seventh to plate three runs and post the five-run victory.
AT THE PLATE (Elon): Chamblee went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Gamby was 2-for-3 with one run driven in to pace a UNCW lineup that finished with five hits in the contest. Freshman Lauren Moore accounted for the Seahawks’ other base hit in the contest, a leadoff double in the first inning.
Oldhman finished the day 2-for-4 with four RBI while Freshman Aliana Hall was 3-for-4 with a run scored for the Phoenix. Seniors Carleigh Nester and Ali Ford were both 2-for-4 as the Phoenix finished with 11 base hits in the contest.
IN THE CIRCLE (Elon): Junior Casey Rowland (0-1) took the loss for the Seahawks as she allowed five runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks in two innings of work. Freshman Peyton Jordan replaced Rowland in the third and pitched the final five inning, surrendering three unearned runs on seven hits. She did not issue a walk and struck out two.
Junior Chelsea White (1-0) went the distance for the Phoenix, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four.
HOW IT HAPPENED (CSU): In a contest that started out as a pitcher’s duel, the two teams would stay off the scoreboard until the fifth, when they would trade single runs during the frame. Chamblee gave UNCW a 1-0 lead in the top half of the frame with a double to right center that plated senior Morgan Ayers, who had opened the inning with a double of her own. The Buccaneers responded to the Seahawks tally in the bottom half of the inning, however, using a RBI single from senior Marci Christian to level the score at 1-all.
The two teams would remain tied at 1-all through seven innings, when play was called on Friday due to darkness.
When the game resumed in the top of the eighth inning on Saturday, the Seahawks were unable to score in the top of the frame while the Buccaneers took advantage of the international tie breaker in the bottom half of the inning when freshman Stephanie Bergmann doubled home senior Lizzy Olmstead from second for the decisive run.
AT THE PLATE (CSU): Chamblee went 2-for-3 and tallied the lone RBI for the Seahawks. Seniors Casey Shue and Morgan Ayers had the other two base hits for the Seahawks in the contest.
Sophomore Natalie Yonan went 2-for-3 while four players tallied one hit apiece for the Buccaneers. Christian and Bergmann were both 1-for-3 with a RBI.
IN THE CIRCLE (CSU): Rowland got the start for the Seahawks and went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits. She walked four and struck out five. Jordan (0-1) would replace Rowland in the circle for the eighth inning on Saturday and was charged with the loss after allowing one hit in one-third of an inning of work.
Junior Jennifer Giles got the start for CSU and went five innings, allowing one run on three hits. Giles walked two and fanned four. Freshman Cheyenne Gandara (1-0) came on in relief of Giles in the fifth and pitched three shutout innings to pick up her first career victory.
UP NEXT: UNCW makes its home debut February 14 as it faces Norfolk State (2 p.m.) and UMBC (4:30 p.m.) on the first day of the Seahawk Invitational at Boseman Field. The Spartans and Retrievers will play the first game of the day at 11:30 a.m.
NOTES: The home runs by Chamblee and Gamby against the Phoenix were the first of their collegiate careers … Chamblee finished the opening weekend with a .571 batting average (4-for-7) and four RBI … Peyton also enjoyed a solid debut weekend as she did not allow an earned run 12.1 innings in the circle while she striking out 10 and walking just two … Elon and UNCW will be conference foes next season when the Phoenix join the Colonial Athletic Association for the 2014-15 campaign … The win increased the Elon’s lead over UNCW in the all-time series to 6-3 … The win by the Buccaneers was the fifth in five tries against the Seahawks … UNCW still leads the all-time series with Charleston Southern by a 21-15 margin … CSU and UNCW combined to leave 14 runners on base during the contest (CSU 9, UNCW 5).