BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — Brittany McPherson connected on a grand slam and drove in seven runs to lead Charleston Southern past host Gardner-Webb on Sunday afternoon at the Brinkley Softball Field, 9-4.
McPherson connected on a bases-loaded double in the top of the first inning to drive in three runs, then connected on a grand slam in the third to give the CSU (17-20, 5-4) pitching staff all the support they would need as the Buccaneers took the series from the Runnin’ Bulldogs (16-17, 2-4).
Hayley Elkins (9-15) went the first four innings for the Bucs, allowing five hits and four runs (three earned) in picking up the win.
Arizona Pilgrim closed out the final three innings in relief in picking up her second save of the season. The freshman allowed one hit while striking out two in the contest.
Stevi Johnson, Lexie Vanada and Cierra Robinson had two hits apiece for the Bucs.
Madison Brown belted an RBI single through the right side in the top of the fourth inning for what would be the deciding run as the College of Charleston defeated Elon, 2-1, in Elon, N.C.
Carly Hansis led all batters with two hits, and five Cougars (23-13, 3-3 CAA) recorded at least one hit in the series finale.
Rebecca Mueller had one of those hits to extend her team-leading hits total to 47. She leads the Cougars in batting with a .402 average.
Charleston Southern took five of the six singles matches on its way to topping Gardner-Webb, 5-2, in Big South play in Boiling Springs, N.C.
Sophie Cloessner, Brianna Thompson, Gabriela Srodowski, Kimberley Koerner and Valeria Koussenkova all picked up singles victories for CSU (11-4, 6-2) as the Buccaneers won their second match in as many days.
The College of Charleston (14-11) honored Katherine Schofield and Brooke McAmis on Senior Day, but Liberty spoiled the occasion by pulling out the 4-2 win.
The Cougars will hit the road to face UNC Wilmington in their regular season finale on Saturday.
College of Charleston (13-6) jumped out to an early lead at Patriots Point by sweeping the doubles matches against The Citadel en route to a 6-1 victory over the Bulldogs.
The Cougars fell to Georgia State, 4-1, in an early match.
The Citadel (8-26) also dropped an afternoon match to Chattanooga, 5-2.