COLUMBIA — Charleston Southern softball split a doubleheader Saturday, falling in the first game to Marshall, 6-1, while utilizing a three-run Marci Christian home run to top Tennessee State, 7-0, in the Buccaneers’ Carolina Classic finale.
The Bucs improved to 10-7 overall on the season following the split as they finished their fourth tournament weekend of the 2015 spring season.
Christian’s three-run blast in the nightcap was her team-leading eighth of the season and the Buccaneers’ fourth of the weekend, pacing the Bucs to a 5-0 lead against the Tigers as Cheyenne Gandara hurled her fourth complete game and recorded her second shutout of the season.
Marshall tagged the Bucs for six runs in CSU’s opening game of the day, but sophomore Brittany McPherson made her appearance in the lineup felt with her first collegiate home run of her career, snapping the shutout in the top of the fifth inning.
The College of Charleston dropped a doubleheader against Sacramento State and Cal State Northridge, 5-4 and 8-0, at Matador Diamond in Los Angeles.
CofC (9-6) hit six doubles against Sacramento State despite the loss. Chandler Frisbie paced the Cougars with two doubles and two RBIs while Katie Padilla went 3-6 with an RBI.
Charleston Southern bounced back from its setback on Friday with a 5-2 win over NCAA Division III Emory University on Saturday at the Kennesaw State Tournament.
The Bucs (4-1) swept all three doubles matches and singles wins on courts 1, 2, 3 and 6 in beating the top-ranked team in NCAA Division III this season.