Bucs take Big Win over Chicago, Final 13-3February 25, 2009
By CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, SC- The Buccaneers swept the Cougars of Chicago State as they took their second victory of the two game series at Buccaneer Ballpark on Wednesday afternoon by a final score of 13-3. The Bucs were quick to jump out and take the lead in the bottom of the first and never looked back, with a total of 13 runs on 13 hits and 11 RBI, while holding the Cougars to only 3 runs on 5 hits on 30 at-bats. The win moves the Bucs to 3-2 on the season, while Chicago State drops to 0-5.
The Bucs took the lead early in the bottom of the first after shutting out the Cougars in the top half, with Burkett hitting a double and then advancing to third on a Cougar error. Senior Kory Morian would bat a single to drive home Burkett giving the Bucs a 1-0 advantage after two batters. The Cougars would make another costly error, this time in right field allowing first basemen Nick Chinners to reach all the way to third and driving in Morian for the Bucs’ second run of the inning. Senior Tyler Thornburg would put out a sacrifice fly to bring in Chinners, giving the Bucs the 3-0 lead at the end of the first inning.
After shutting out the Cougars in the second, leaving on man in scoring position on second, the Bucs would again score in the bottom of the second. Brantley Meier would hit a drive down the edge of the left field line for a double, and advance to third on failed pickoff attempt, leaving him in scoring position for up-to-bat Tom Burkett. Burkett would pop out to the third basemen but bring home Meier, giving the Bucs the 4-0 advantage. The Cougars would put a run on the board in the top of the third on a two-out sacrifice fly from Albert Carpen to bring home his brother Michael Carpen for Chicago’s first run.
The Bucs would add numbers to the board in the bottom of the fifth after a quick inning and half, adding four more runs to their tally. The Bucs would hit all four runs with two outs on the board and taking advantage of a Cougar pitching change halfway through the bottom half. Senior Brandon Roberts would hit a sacrifice fly to center, bringing in Meier for his second of three runs in the game, while advancing runners to keep two Bucs in scoring position. A single from Thornburg would bring in Chinners from second and Burkett from third to give the Bucs a 7-0 lead. Thornburg would steal third, and be driven home on double from senior shortstop Mark Perry, for the Bucs’ fourth run of the inning.
The Cougars would find two runs on the top of the sixth to round out their three runs of the game, after a two-run homer from first basemen Matt Haug. The Bucs would answer in the bottom of the inning with another 4 runs giving them a 12-3 lead at the end of the inning. Tom Burkett would answer the two-run Cougar homer with a two-run homer of his own bringing in teammate Meier from first base, giving his third run of the night on four at-bats. Bentley Christmas would come in to pitch hit for Kory Morian and reach on an error by the third basemen, advancing to second on a wild pitch, putting him in scoring position for the Bucs. Senior Brandon Roberts would also reach on error from the third basemen and advance to second on single from pitch hitter Scotty Radabaugh. Radabaugh’s single also drove in Christmas for the Bucs’ third run of the inning, while teammate Jake Cox drove in Roberts on a single to close out the inning with a 9 run advantage over the Cougars. CSU would hold off the Cougars for the remaining three innings, but would score a sole run in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single from Blake Hunt to bring in Roberts for his for second run of the night, and closing out the game with the final score of 13-3.
The Bucs will take a day off and return to the field to host the Air Force Academy for the first of a four game series on Friday, February 27. Related Item: Box Score