Rally falls short in 6-5 loss to UNC WilmingtonMay 18, 2010
By CSU Sports Information
|Kyle Ward's solid pitching was the highlight of the day for CSU|
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston Southern baseball squad dropped their final non-conference game of 2010 on Tuesday, falling to UNC Wilmington, 6-5, at CSU Ballpark.
The Buccaneers (17-35) trailed, 6-1, heading into the bottom of the 7th before rallying to score the final four runs of the game. CSU put the tying run on base in both the 8th and 9th frames but could not draw even.
Walt Quattlebaum and Tom Burkett each went 2-for-4 to pace the Buccaneers, while Brantley Meier recorded one hit on the day to give him 78 for the season, two behind Justin Fyle for the CSU single season record.
Michael Bass and Michael Rooney each had a pair of hits for the Seahawks (29-24), while Robbie Monday drove home a game-high four runs.
Combined with a 5-4 decision on April 13, the victory gives the Seahawks a season sweep over CSU. The Buccaneers end the 2010 campaign with a 1-4 record against members of the Colonial Athletic Association.
Stew Brase (2-6) took the loss, his fifth consecutive losing decision. The junior was solid, however, allowing just two early runs in four innings of action. Daniel Cropper (2-4) picked up the win after giving up a single run in six innings while striking out seven Buccaneers. Stephen Harrold recorded the final six outs for the Seahawks to earn his sixth save of the season.
A leadoff walk and two singles up the middle cost Brase in the 1st inning. Monday gave the Seahawks the lead with an RBI groundout, and a run-scoring single from Hunter Ridge made it 2-0 after half of an inning.
Batting clean-up for the first time in more than a month, Quattlebaum got the Bucs on the board in the 2nd frame. The sophomore hammered the first pitch of the frame over the center field fence for his fourth home run of the season, making the score 2-1.
UNCW looked to have blown the game wide open in the 5th inning. Grayson Evans tacked on a run with an RBI single through the left side of the infield, and Monday doubled the Seahawk tally with a three-run homer that just cleared the right field fence. The blast was his 18th of the season and made the score 6-1.
A pair of freshman got Charleston Southern back into the game in the 7th inning. Jaren Sustar reignited the offense with an RBI single, and Drew Woodall plated a run with a double in the gap, drawing the Bucs to within three runs. Later in the frame, Meier brought a run to the plate with a run-scoring grounder making the score 6-4.
The Bucs added another run in the 8th, when Burkett dropped a single into left field that chased Nick Chinners home. Later in the frame, the Bucs had the tying run in scoring position with no one out, but they could not capitalize and fell in the end by just a one-run margin.
The back end of the bullpen was stellar for CSU, as relievers Kyle Ward and Corey Deighan combined to pitch a scoreless 3.1 innings. Ward struck out two on the day, while Deighan did not allow a hit.
Chinners had one hit on the day and is now batting .381 on the season.
CSU closes out the regular season with a three-game series against High Point, beginning Thursday at 2:00 p.m. UNCW takes the field again on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. against College of Charleston.Related Item: Box Score