Charleston Southern split the doubleheader on Saturday afternoon against visiting Campbell as the Buccaneers rallied from a 5-4 loss in the first game to top the Camels in the nightcap, 4-1.
Brittany McPherson launched her team-leading sixth home run in the first game, while Stephanie Bergmann connected on an RBI double in CSU’s (18-22) three-run fifth inning in the second game to pace the Bucs’ offense on the afternoon.
Arizona Pilgrim (7-3) earned the win in the second game, with Hayley Elkins picking up her second save of the season.
Kelly Sinclair and Sara Garcia each recorded three hits, including two doubles apiece on the day, but College of Charleston dropped both of its games against James Madison, 7-1, and, 4-3.
The Cougars (23-17, 3-5) out-hit the Dukes in each game, and had their fair share of chances to upset James Madison (33-3, 8-0), including a 3-2 lead heading into the seventh inning of the second game, but could not overcome their Colonial Athletic Association rival.
College of Charleston couldn’t quite get back on track on Day 2 of the Fiesta on Siesta Key tournament, dropping matches to Florida Atlantic, 4-1, and Jacksonville, 3-2.
The Cougars (8-10) narrowly missed taking home a win in the team’s second match of the day. Melissa Morello/Kayla Tronick and Allison Beckman/Devon Rachel pulled off wins in their games, but Jacksonville prevailed with wins in Flights No. 2-4.
Charleston will face Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the squad’s final match of the tournament.
Charleston Southern (13-4, 7-2) faces a tough task in repeating as the Big South Conference women’s champions this spring. After winning regular season and tournament titles in 2015, the Bucs tied Coastal Carolina in the regular season standings behind co-winners Liberty and Winthrop.
“It will be a dog fight,” veteran CSU coach Mike Baker said, looking ahead to next weekend’s Big South tournament in Lynchburg, Va. “We are all close. We need to rest and we have to love the challenge.”
Charleston Southern will play Campbell next Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Big South tournament.