Bucs Win First in Double-Header, Suspend SecondFebruary 28, 2009
By CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, SC- The Buccaneers and Falcons of the Air Force Academy returned to the field expecting to finish out games two and three to of their four game series, finishing game one and postponing game two in top of the fifth due to extremely soggy field conditions. The Bucs took the victory of game one by a final score of 3-1 off an late RBI double from right fielder Brantley Meier that drove home two Bucs after having the game tied at one run a piece.
The first game of the expected double header was lead off by left-hand pitcher Charlie McCready who finished out five of the seven innings, giving up only two hits, one run and recorded four strikeouts. Sophomore right hander Tyler Thornburg would close the last two innings for the Bucs, allowing only one Falcon hit and striking out three. McCready and Thornburg would each find themselves in an inning with two outs and bases loaded by the Falcons, but each would find a way out striking-out the batter to leave six Falcons on base at the end of game one.
The Bucs would pull out the win over the Falcons on a sixth inning RBI double from Brantley Meier, hitting 1-1 on the game. The Bucs would get their first run of the game in bottom of the first on an RBI from first basemen Nick Chinners that drove home senior Kory Morian. Morian had singled on his at-bat then advanced to third on an error from Falcon shortstop K.J. Randhawa. The Falcons would score their single run of the game in top of the fourth on a base hit RBI from Daniel Walker that brought home Randhawa to even the score at 1-1 with the bases loaded. McCready would get out of the inning with only one run after right fielder Tyler Thornburg caught a flyout from the Falcons’ Parker Mayo down the right field line, to end the inning with three Falcons left on base. The win moves the Bucs to 4-3 on the season while the Falcons go to 2-3.
The Bucs last two runs would come at the bottom of the sixth inning with two out. Senior Mark Perry would take a hit pitch, followed by a walk for senior Jake Cox, putting Bucs on first and second base. Brantley Meier would use his first at-bat of the game to hit in a RBI double, driving home both Perry and Cox, giving the Bucs a 3-1 advantage to close out the game.
The Bucs started the second game of the double header in the rain before officials postponed it due to continuing rain and soggy field conditions. The game will be picked up at the top of the fifth inning with no outs at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon at Buccaneer Ballpark. Game is planned to be played after the completion of game three, time permitting.Related Item: Box Score