Woodall blasts first collegiate home run in 12-7 loss to Georgia SouthernMay 11, 2010
By CSU Sports Information
STATESBORO, Ga. – Drew Woodall hit his first-career home run and the Charleston Southern baseball team tied its season high with four round-trippers, but the Buccaneers were upended 12-7 by Georgia Southern University Tuesday night at JI Clements Stadium.
The Buccaneers (17-30, 6-14 Big South Conference) lost their sixth-consecutive game despite recording 15 hits, and the Eagles (30-19, 16-8 Southern Conference) were able to take advantage of 17 hits and one crucial CSU error.
CSU struck first following starting pitcher Jesse Cadenhead’s second-career homer in the top of the second, but he went out to the mound for the bottom of the frame and allowed five runs.
Victor Roache reached on an error to leadoff the inning, and Michael Burruss singled and advanced to second to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Arthur Owens recorded an RBI groundout, and Randy Williams drove home Burruss with a single.
Kevin Bowles later tripled to bring home both Williams and Shawn Payne, and Bowles later scored on a sacrifice fly to right field.
Woodall cut into the lead in the third with his first-collegiate homer, and the Bucs blanked GSU in the bottom of the third to enter the fourth with a 5-2 deficit.
Bowles singled and scored in the fourth, and Kyle Blackburn also touched home plate to push Georgia Southern’s lead to 7-2.
The Eagles added an insurance run in the fifth following a groundout RBI by Bowles, and Owens scored the run.
Nick Chinners got the rally started in the top of the sixth with a two-run homer following a single from Tom Burkett. The shot was his sixth of the season and was exactly what the doctor ordered for the rejuvenated Buccaneers.
Tyler Thornburg and Cadenhead recorded back-to-back singles, and Harrison Wilkins and Patrick Dolan came on to pinch run for the two batters. Wilkins and Dolan each touched home plate on a two-RBI single from Walt Quattlebaum.
Roache added another run for Georgia Southern in the home half of the frame to give GSU a 9-6 lead through six.
Any thoughts of a comeback were stifled by the Eagles when they plated three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Derek Smith blasted his team-leading seventh home run of the season in a pinch-hit appearance in the top of the ninth, but the Bucs were unable to do any more damage to the scoreboard in the 12-7 loss.
Cadenhead (5-4) threw 3 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs (five earned) on nine hits. Kyle Ward made his third appearance on the mound and the first since April 16 against Presbyterian College. He came on to record the final out of the fourth inning. Corey Deighan pitched the next two innings and allowed two runs on four hits.
Tyler Vick pitched a perfect seventh inning and Dolan allowed three runs on four hits in the eighth.
Bentley Christmas was 3-for-5 to lead Charleston Southern at the plate. Seven different Bucs scored and Chinners and Quattlebaum led the way with two runs batted in each.
Colin Snow (2-2) earned the win on the mound for Georgia Southern after allowing six runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Chris Myer threw 2 2/3 innings and only gave up two hits. Trent Franzago threw the ninth for GSU and allowed three hits and the home run to Smith.
Bowles, Burruss and Williams each recorded three hits for the Eagles, and Bowles led Georgia Southern with three runs batted in. Roache scored three times and Bowles and Burruss each scored twice.
Charleston Southern will head to Columbia, S.C., for a 7 p.m. meeting May 12 with the No. 7-ranked University of South Carolina.Related Item: Box Score