Furious rally sends Bucs past Furman, 9-8April 7, 2010
By CSU Sports Information
|Stew Brase picked up the save for CSU|
GREENVILLE, S.C. – For a second consecutive day, a 9th inning rally carried Charleston Southern to victory, as the Buccaneers scored six runs in the final frame to beat Furman, 9-8, at Latham Stadium. Charleston Southern trailed, 8-3, going into the 9th and came back for the win a day after rallying from a 7-3 deficit to top The Citadel, 8-7, on Tuesday.
Harrison Wilkins scored the game-tying run on a wild pitch from Furman hurler Matt DeDecker, while Tyler Thornburg, Tuesday’s hero, scored the winning run on a second wild pitch.
Tim Flight (1-0) pitched a scoreless 8th inning to record his first career victory, while DeDecker (0-1) was charged with two runs in the 9th and took the loss. Stew Brase pitched a spotless 9th inning for CSU and picked up his 3rd save of the year.
The Paladins (9-20) opened their scoring account right away, scoring twice against Charlie McCready in the 1st inning. Both runs came on a home run from Will Muzika, his eighth of the season. The towering shot over the left field fence made the score 2-0.
The Buccaneers (14-18) notched their first run of the day in the 3rd inning. After Brantley Meier singled and Nick Chinners drew a walk, Tom Burkett came to the plate with runners on the corners. Burkett grounded a ball right at Furman third baseman Cameron Allmendinger, who booted the play, allowing Meier to touch home and cut the deficit in half.
Furman got the run back in their half of the 4th, as Paul Nitto launched the first pitch of the inning over the left field wall to make the score 3-1. After the next three Paladins reached base, Christian Datoc added to the lead with a bouncing single through the right side that brought one run home and sent McCready to the showers.
The new Buc pitcher was Patrick Dolan, and he kept the damage to a minimum. The Paladins plated another run on a groundout by Will Owens, but Dolan struck out the next batter and benefitted from a failed steal attempt to keep the score 5-1.
After two hitless innings, Dolan’s luck ran out in the 6th inning. He surrendered a lead-off single to Will Miller, who stole two bases and came home to score on a wild pitch, putting the Bucs behind by a 6-1 tally.
The road side tightened the game in the 7th inning, when Meier blasted a two-run homer, his second of the 2010 campaign, to make the score 6-3 Paladins.
However, Furman broke the game open in the bottom of the 7th with Walt Quattlebaum on the mound. A single and a walk put two runners on for Muzika, who came up with a run-scoring groundout. Dylan Cole followed with a sacrifice fly that restored Furman’s five-run lead.
Fresh off an epic rally against The Citadel on Tuesday, Stuart Lake’s club looked ready to rally after the first three hitters reached in the 9th inning. Jon Matthews brought home a pair of runs with a single that made the score 8-5 with no one out, bringing DeDecker into the game for the Paladins. The first batter he faced, Wilkins, singled to load the sacks again, and Tom Burkett followed with a run-scoring fielder’s choice to make the score 8-6.
The first out of the inning was recorded when Matt Still struck out swinging, bringing Thornburg to the plate. The junior reignited the comeback by drawing a walk that cut the gap to just a single run.
The final two Buccaneer runs came home on wild pitches, as DeDecker brought Wilkins and Thornburg to the plate with errant tosses.
Muszika paced the Paladins with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate. He drove in three runs. Meier scored three times and drove in two runs to lead the Buccaneer offense.
The win gives the Buccaneers a season sweep of Furman. CSU won the first meeting between the schools, 7-5, on February 23.
Charleston Southern kicks off a three-game weekend series with Winthrop on Friday; first pitch of the Big South match-up is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. The Paladins begin a Southern Conference series with College of Charleston on Friday at 7:00 p.m.Related Item: Box Score