Bucs blast 17 hits in 12-6 victory over Savannah StateMarch 23, 2010
By CSU Sports Information
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Three different players hit home runs and Stew Brase had a solid day at the mound as the Charleston Southern baseball team earned the season sweep over Savannah State University with a 12-6 victory Tuesday afternoon at Tiger Field.
Charleston Southern (9-12, 0-2 Big South Conference) knocked around the Tiger pitching staff to the tune of 17 hits, and played nearly error-free baseball, committing just one. SSU (6-12) had just seven hits and recorded two errors.
Brantley Meier was welcomed back after missing the last two games by getting hit by a pitch on his first plate appearance. Jon Matthews sacrificed Meier to second, and then he stole third to get himself into scoring position. Nick Chinners extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single to center field, and the Bucs were on the board first.
The Tigers touched up CSU starting pitcher Stew Brase for three runs in the first inning, and Charleston Southern was unable to answer until the fourth.
After Matt Still got on base with a double in the fourth inning, Walt Quattlebaum drove him home with a single to center to cut the lead in half.
The Buccaneers held Savannah State scoreless in the home half of the fourth, and then took over the game in the fifth.
Bentley Christmas got the inning started with a single, and he was later driven home by a Matthews single. After a pitching change, Chinners greeted the reliever with a two-run home run that sailed over the left field fence to give Charleston Southern a 5-3 lead.
Savannah State was able to cut the CSU lead in half with a run in the fifth, but Patrick Dolan stretched the lead back out to two with a solo home run in the sixth.
Tyler Thornburg hit his team-leading fifth homer of the season in the seventh inning, and Quattlebaum later scored in the frame to push the lead to 8-4.
All threats of a comeback where stymied with a four-run eighth by Charleston Southern. The inning was highlighted by a Tom Burkett double that scored two runs.
The Tigers plated runs in both the eighth and ninth innings, but the game was already out of reach as the Buccaneers left Savannah with the 12-6 victory.
Matthews, Chinners and Burkett all finished 3-for-5 on the day. Chinners led CSU with three runs batted in, and four different Bucs scored twice.
Stew Brase (1-1) earned his first win of the season after scattering five hits over six innings and allowing four runs. He struck out six and didn’t walk any Tigers. Tim Flight earned his first collegiate save after pitching the final three innings. He gave up just two runs (one earned) on two hits, while striking out four and walking just one.
Jonathan Ross was the lone Tiger to record multiple hits, and he also scored twice to lead Savannah State. Dexter Kelley and Matthew Nowacki both drove home two batters.
Eric Ransom (0-1) took the loss after he allowed four runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings. Kevin Herlihy pitched an inning of relief and allowed two runs on four hits. Shawn Gallagher pitched the next two innings and gave up six runs on four hits. Andrew Garren and Jackson May combined to pitch the final 1.1 innings.
Charleston Southern returns home for a 2 p.m. tilt March 24 against cross-town foe College of Charleston. Related Item: Box Score