Chinners ties career-high, White goes distance in 5-4 loss to UNCAMay 16, 2010
By CSU Sports Information
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Nick Chinners was 4-for-5 and Andrew White pitched the second complete game in his last three outings as the Charleston Southern baseball team lost 5-4 on a base hit in the ninth inning to University of North Carolina Asheville Sunday afternoon at McCormick Field.
This was the second time in two days that the Bulldogs (15-32, 8-16 Big South) were able to beat CSU (17-34, 6-17 Big South) in the final frame. Robert McIntosh had a walk-off single to drive home Danny Baatz in the series finale, and UNCA scored two in the ninth Saturday to come from behind and win 4-3.
The Buccaneers found themselves down 4-1 after the first, but the road squad slowly crept back into the game with single runs in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings.
The hard work to both keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard and also find ways to manufacture runs proved all for naught as the home team was able to load the bases in the ninth and drive home the game-winning run.
Brantley Meier led off the series finale with a double to right-center field, and Chinners picked up his lone RBI of the game with a run-producing double to center.
Baatz got things rolling for the Bulldogs as he singled to start the home half of the frame. Justin Schumer and Mike Vaughn drew back-to-back walks, and all three batters scored on a bases clearing double from McIntosh. He later scored on a CSU error to give UNCA the early 4-1 advantage.
White settled down after a forgettable first inning, and his offense began to creep back into the affair.
The first run came from Chinners in the fourth. He led off the frame with a single and advanced to second on a Tom Burkett walk. Jesse Cadenhead sacrificed Chinners and Burkett over 90 feet, and Chinners would touch home plate following a groundout from Harrison Wilkins.
Kyle Ward singled to lead off the fifth. He took second on a wild pitch and moved over to third on a groundout from Brandon McKinney. Ward made the score 4-3 in favor of UNC Asheville after Meier drove him home with a groundout to second base.
White kept doing his thing on the mound, and his battery mates took the lead of their field general as the team tied the game up in the eighth.
Chinners again led off an inning with a single, and Burkett again got on base via a free pass. They advanced 90 feet on a fly out from Cadenhead, and Chinners scored on a groundout to second base by Derek Smith.
Charleston Southern had a golden opportunity to get the winning run across home plate when Walt Quattlebaum led off the ninth with a single. He tried to stretch the play into a double, however, and was thrown out at second base. McKinney flied out before Meier and Bentley Christmas each reached base with two outs.
Chinners came up to bat with his perfect day on the line and two aboard, but he chased a high fastball out of the zone on a 3-2 count to strike out and end the threat.
UNC Asheville would make Chinners and the Bucs pay for that mistake as the two teams headed into the final frame.
C.A. Clayton struck out to leadoff the bottom of the ninth, and Catlin Carter lined out to Christmas. Baatz doubled and Schumer was intentionally walked to put two on base with two outs. After a Vaughn walk, McIntosh drove a ball into center field to win the game for the home team.
White (1-6) pitched all 8 2/3 innings and tied his career high with seven strikeouts. He allowed five runs (four earned) on 11 hits. Four of those runs came in the first frame, and White was perfect all the way until the last hit of the game.
Even more impressive is the fact he pitched the whole game despite a rain delay in the bottom of the fifth. He allowed only three extra-base hits, which were all doubles.
The southpaw also pitched a 10-inning complete game against Gardner-Webb University April 24, losing by an identical 5-4 score.
Chinners tied his career high with four hits, and he also scored twice. Meier was 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI, and Ward picked up the other run.
Grier Harrington pitched the first seven innings for UNC Asheville. He allowed three runs on five hits, striking out five and walking four. Dan Weller gave up a run in 1/3 of an inning, and David Ricker (2-4) pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to pick up the victory. He allowed two hits but never gave up a run.
McIntosh was 4-for-5 with four RBI and one run scored. Baatz finished the day 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
With the series sweep, the Bulldogs put themselves 1 1/2 games ahead of Charleston Southern in the race for the eighth and final spot in the Big South Conference postseason tournament. Both teams have one more weekend series left, as the Bucs will play host to High Point University and UNCA will take on Gardner-Webb.
Charleston Southern will play UNC Wilmington in its final non-conference midweek contest of the season. The first pitch is set for 2 p.m. May 18 and will be played at CSU Ballpark.Related Item: Box Score