Meier breaks CSU hits mark in 13-inning loss to PanthersMay 21, 2010
By CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Brantley Meier recorded two hits in the Charleston Southern baseball team’s 10-8, 13-inning loss to High Point University Friday evening at CSU Ballpark to break the school record for hits in a single season.
The leadoff hitter now has 82 on the season, breaking the tie he had with Justin Fyle (2004-07) coming into the contest. Meier finished 2-for-5 and also drove home a run.
Both teams notched 13 hits and three errors, but a two-run home run from Kyle Mahoney in the top of the 13th proved to be the difference as the Panthers (28-27, 14-12 Big South) were able to win the war of attrition.
CSU (17-37, 6-19 Big South) left 16 runners on base in the contest, which included eight between the eighth and 12th innings.
The loss for the Buccaneers wasted an amazing start to the game from starting pitcher Tyler Thornburg. He allowed two unearned runs in the first frame but was nearly untouchable in his final six innings of work.
He gave up just five hits and two runs in seven innings, and he left with a 7-2 lead. The bullpen was unable to record the final six outs as HPU tied the game with four runs in the eighth and one in the ninth. The road team was then able to win the game in the 13th, while CSU stranded multiple base runners in both the 10th and 11th innings.
High Point took the early lead in the first as Steve Antolik was able to drive home Mike Mercurio and Nate Roberts after the duo reached base on an error and a walk, respectively.
Thornburg retired the final batter of the frame, and CSU took all the momentum away from High Point.
Tom Burkett singled with one out to get things going in the home half of the first, and he was later driven home by Walt Quattlebaum.
Charleston Southern took a 3-2 lead in the second as the bottom half of the order contributed in a big way.
Matt Still led off the frame with a nine-pitch walk, and Derek Smith followed with a single to put two aboard with no outs. They both moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt from Jaren Sustar. Drew Woodall grounded out to plate Still, and Smith scored on the record-breaking single from Meier.
The home team tacked on another in the third as Quattlebaum singled and scored on an RBI single from Smith. CSU added one more insurance run in the fifth on the first-collegiate home run of Harrison Wilkins’ career.
Thornburg kept firing bullets on the mound, and Still and Smith helped his cause as they recorded back-to-back solo homers in the seventh to give the Buccaneers what appeared to be an insurmountable 7-2 advantage. Still’s blast gave him seven on the year, and Smith moved into a tie for first on the team with his eighth round-tripper.
Stew Brase relieved Thornburg in the eighth, and he went on to give up four runs capped off by a three-run home run from Antolik. Charlie McCready recorded the final two outs to end the inning, but CSU was unable to add any insurance in the home half of the eighth.
Zach Tessier pinch hit for High Point in the ninth, and he tied the game at 7-7 with his second homer of the season.
The Bucs left Sustar stranded at second in the ninth, and the two teams went to extras to settle things.
McCready sat down HPU in order in the top of the 10th, and Meier and Burkett each reached base to start the bottom of the inning.
Nick Chinners flew out to right field to move Meier to third base with just one out, and Burkett stole second to take away any chances of a double play. CSU was unable to take advantage of the golden opportunity, however, as Quattlebaum struck out and Wilkins grounded out to end the frame.
McCready started a crucial double play to end the 11th. He caught a line drive that was headed straight for his head, and he doubled up Mahoney who was caught off-guard at second base.
Bentley Christmas singled to start the Buc half of the 11th, and he proceeded to steal second. He advanced to third on a single from Sustar, but that was where he would stay as Meier flew out to left field to end the inning.
The two teams exchanged runs in the 12th, and High Point won the game with Mahoney’s homer in the 13th. The Buccaneers were sat down in order in the final frame.
Smith led the way for CSU with his 3-for-7 effort. He also scored twice and drove home two runs. Meier and Quattlebaum each recorded two hits, Wilkins drove home two and Burkett and Still both scored twice to lead Charleston Southern.
Brase was only able to record one out in his relief effort. He gave up four runs (three earned) on just two hits. McCready threw the next 4 1/3 innings and gave up just two runs on five hits.
Tyler Vick (0-1) was tagged with his first loss of the season after giving up the two-run home run to Mahoney in the 13th. He officially recorded one out and gave up two runs on one hit. Corey Deighan recorded the final three outs.
Mahoney finished the day 3-for-6, and Antolik led HPU with five runs batted in. Mercurio scored three times and Roberts scored twice.
Jaime Schultz started for High Point and allowed five runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Spencer Andrews recorded two outs without being harmed, and Brian Jones gave up two runs on two hits in one inning of work.
Corey Swickle and Drew Dades combined to throw four shutout innings, while only allowing four hits. Mikel Rodenberg gave up one run and no hits, but could not record an out, and Kyle Wigmore (1-0) earned the win following a perfect final two innings of relief on the mound.
The last time CSU played a 13-inning game was a 7-6 loss to Auburn on March 17, 2009.
The two teams will battle in the season finale at 2 p.m. May 22 at CSU Ballpark. Charleston Southern will be honoring seniors Andrew White and Scotty Radabaugh prior to the contest, and White will take the mound one last time as a Buccaneer.Related Item: Box Score