RADFORD, Va.— Charleston Southern set the tone with a three-run first inning, and Morgan Dowdy struck out six in a complete-game shutout as the Buccaneers earned a spot in the Big South softball championship game with an 8-0 win over No. 5 Gardner-Webb in five innings on Saturday night.

Third-seeded CSU (33-25) set a single-season program record for victories in the process, and will meet No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina today at noon for an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

The Bucs charged out to a 3-0 lead courtesy of a five-hit barrage in the first, and tacked on three more for a 6-0 advantage after four innings. Melissa Adams then sent everyone home early in the fifth, as the senior smoked a two-run double to deep left field to clinch the win.

Dowdy (20-12) yielded only two hits and no walks over her five frames, while fanning six to secure her 20th win of the season.

The College of Charleston fell, 6-2, to Georgia Southern in the second half of a two-game Southern Conference softball championship in Boone, N.C.

The Cougars strung together four must-have wins, including a 4-3 decision over Georgia Southern earlier in the afternoon to extend their tournament run.

Following the game, Charleston’s Amanda Lonergan, Ashton Jarrett and Hope Klicker were named to the all-tournament team and were all key pieces.

Tennis The College of Charleston’srun in the NCAA men’s tennis tournament came up short as North Carolina defeated the Cougars, 4-0, in the first round Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Tar Heels (14-7) advance to the second round, where they will faceTennessee.

The Cougars (18-4), who were making their first NCAA appearance since 2003 and second in program history, fell behind in singles as UNC claimed five of the first six sets.

Track and field Three events resulted in three season bests for the Charleston Southern men’s track team at the Georgia Tech Invitein Atlanta.

The quartet of Rozzie Johnson, Cornelius Tyler, Dantwan Spreads and Javon Young set a program and Big South record in the 4x100-meter relay with a third-place finish. The team combined for a time of 39.60, finishing behind Florida State and Nigeria.

Young set a season best in the 100-meter dash finals with a time of 10.42. He took fourth behind runners from the ACC and Nigeria. He also took second in the 200-meter dash, running a 20.83. Johnson was 16th in the event, running a 21.33.

On Friday evening, Lavon Allen and Braxton Drummond took fourth and fifth, respectively in the long jump. Allen finished with a distance of 7.57 meters, while Drummond was close behind with a mark of 7.48 meters.

The Bucs will return to action May 24-26 at the NCAA East Regional meet, hosted by the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.