Homer-happy Gamecocks deal Bucs 10-2 lossMay 12, 2010
By CSU Sports Information
|Brantley Meier had two hits and an RBI on Wednesday|
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Charleston Southern baseball team fell in their final mid-week road game of the 2010 season, 10-2, Wednesday night at Carolina Stadium to No. 8 South Carolina. The Buccaneers (17-31) have now lost seven consecutive contests.
CSU finishes the season 1-3 against Southeastern Conference opponents, with the lone win a 6-3 decision over No. 6 Florida on March 14. The loss drops CSU to 2-9 in 2010 against ranked teams.
Brantley Meier was 2-for-4 on the day with an RBI to lead the CSU offense, while Drew Woodall was 2-for-3. Adam Matthews paced the South Carolina attack with three hits, while four other Gamecocks had a pair of hits.
Starting for the first time in over a month, Charlie McCready (0-6) took the loss for CSU. The southpaw allowed seven runs and four home runs in 2.1 innings of action. Jose Mata (6-1) pitched a perfect inning for the Gamecocks to pick up the win.
The Gamecocks (38-11) got off and running in the bottom half of the 1st frame. With two on and two out, Adrian Morales smacked a single into left, plating Jackie Bradley Jr. and giving the home side a quick 1-0 lead.
South Carolina’s lead doubled in the 2nd inning, when Matthews connected on his fifth home run of the season, a no-doubter to straightaway center field. Two batters later, Bobby Haney connected on a homer of his own, this one a two-run shot, making the score 4-0.
Christian Walker led off the 3rd inning with another South Carolina home run, launching a shot to deep left center and adding the fifth Gamecock tally of the game to the scoreboard. Three batters later, Nick Ebert pounded a two-run shot to the same exact spot, putting the home team up by seven. The home run was the second in as many days for Ebert and knocked McCready out of the game.
After a scoreless 4th inning, South Carolina cranked up the scoring machine again in the 5th, when Brady Thomas doubled off the right field fence, chasing Matthews home. Later in the frame, Whit Merrifield traded places with Thomas on a run-scoring two-bagger to make the score 9-0.
Charleston Southern broke through in the 7th frame, when Gamecock reliever Colby Holmes issued four walks, including a run-scoring base on balls to Meier that gave the Bucs their first run of the game. But Steven Neff came on to strike out Jaren Sustar with the sacks packed to end the scoring threat and keep the score 9-1.
South Carolina tacked on a run in the bottom of the inning, when Bradley singled home Ebert to increase the lead to 10-1.
The Bucs joined the home run party in the 8th inning, when Matt Still crushed a pitch over the left field wall. The bomb was his sixth of the season and closed the scoring account for both squads.
With his two-hit day, Meier now has 71 for the season, nine shy of the all-time CSU record, set by Justin Fyle in 2006.
Charleston Southern stays on the road and resumes Big South Conference play on Friday, when they face UNC Asheville at 2:00 p.m. The Gamecocks face Arkansas on the road, Friday at 7:35 p.m.Related Item: Box Score