High Point Claims Series with 8-2 Win over the BucsApril 6, 2008
By CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. Ė Winning its second straight Big South Conference series, High Point defeated the CSU baseball team 8-2 on Sunday to take two of three from the Buccaneers this weekend. Freshman Derek Smith led the CSU offense by going 3-for-4 on the day, including an infield single that forced a Panthers error that allowed both Buccaneer runs to score.
Going eight innings on the mound for High Point (10-20, 5-4 Big South), starter Jamie Serber improved to 3-2 on the season. He spread out 10 hits and walked two while allowing just two unearned runs. Freshman Tyler Thornburg was charged with the loss for CSU (12-17, 2-4 Big South), falling to 2-3 on the year. He pitched six innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
Both pitchers held the offenses in check in the first two innings, keeping the game scoreless heading into the third. Thatís when the Panthers put together a two-out rally to break the deadlock. Jeff Cowan started things off by drawing a walk and then advanced to second on Pablo Rosarioís single through the left side. Billy Alvino then gave High Point a two-run lead with a double to left center that brought both Cowan and Rosario around to score.
The Panthers doubled their lead with another pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning. Randy Schwartz led off the inning with a single through the left side and took second on a wild pitch. After a pop out, Drew Geissinger gave High Point runners on the corners with a single to right center. Head coach Sal Bando, Jr. then called for a squeeze play that Max Fulginiti executed successfully when his sacrifice bunt gave Schwartz time to score from third. Alfie Wheeler followed with a single that brought Geissinger in and gave the Panthers a 4-0 lead.
Tucker Stobbe extended High Pointís lead to five with a solo home run to right field in the top of the sixth inning and the Panthers made it 8-0 with three runs in the seventh. With two runners in scoring position, Alvino put a sacrifice fly into center field that gave Cowan time to score from third. Having moved to third on the sacrifice, Rosario came home on a wild pitch to extend the High Point advantage to seven runs. Schwartz capped the scoring with a two-out, solo home run to right center to put High Point in front 8-0.
CSU got two runs back in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring a pair when the ball caromed off the helmet of Smith as he hustled down the first base line on his infield single. The fortuitous bounce allowed sophomore Will Rodriguez and freshman Brantley Meier to come around to score, making it an 8-2 ball game.
Corey Swickle entered the game to pitch for the Panthers in the bottom of the ninth, putting the Bucs down in order to secure the victory for the visiting team.
CSU will play the second game of a home-and-home series with The Citadel on Tuesday when the Bulldogs come to Buccaneer Field. With the first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m., the Buccaneers will look to avenge a 5-3 defeat at the hands of The Citadel on March 18.Related Item: Box Score