Baseball splits doubleheader with RadfordApril 19, 2003
by CSU Sports Information
|R.J. Swindle has two BSC Player of the Week honors.|
CHARLESTON, SC - Sophomore ace R.J. Swindle continued his late season dominance with another sterling effort to lead the Charleston Southern Buccaneers to a 10-1 win over visiting Radford University in the first game of a Big South Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
Radford (10-19, 5-9), behind a strong pitching performance from Mark Fleisher, came back to win game two, 8-2, taking the three-game series, two games to one.
Swindle (7-4) scattered three hits and struck out nine in tossing his third consecutive complete game and winning his sixth straight decision. Swindle did not allow an earned run, extending his streak to 30 consecutive innings without an earned run. Swindle now has 107 strikeouts this season, tops in the Big South Conference and moved to fourth-place on the CSU all-time strikeout list with 234 career strikeouts.
Junior catcher Scott Thacker led the offense for the Bucs, picking up three hits and a pair of RBI. Shortstop Billy Dalton added two hits and two RBI with second baseman Brad Woods picking up a pair of RBI as well.
Radford starter Jason Deaver (1-6) took the loss for Radford, allowing nine runs (four earned) over 4 2/3 innings.
Radford bounced back to take game two, 8-2, behind Fleisher's six innings of work in which he allowed five hits and pitched out of several jams. Fleisher improved to 2-2 on the season with the win and contributed offensively with a pair of hits and two RBI.
Second baseman Alan Ashworth added three hits and two RBI, while catcher Dean Altavilla delivered two runs with a single in the Highlanders' six-run fourth inning. Radford overcame an early 2-1 deficit with the explosive fourth, sending CSU starter Robert Parnell (2-3) to defeat.
Thacker had two more hits for the Buccaneers, giving him five on the day and six in the three-game series.
CSU (15-26, 7-8) returns to action on Tuesday with a home game against Campbell University at 2:30 pm. The Bucs will travel to play the College of Charleston on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm.
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