CSU Drops Decision to UNCA, 9-2April 1, 2011
By CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Buccaneers of Charleston Southern lost to the Bulldogs of UNC Asheville at a score of 9-2. The Buccaneers lost in spite of a good outing from starting pitcher Stew Brase who went 7.2 innings giving up only two earned runs. However, his counterpart Ryan Dull trumped his performance. Dull threw a complete game for the Bulldogs and allowed only five hits. The loss drops the Bucs’ record to 15-13 (3-4, BSC) and improves UNCA to 10-15 (4-3).
Both pitchers were pitching well in the early going; neither allowing a run until the third inning this afternoon.
UNCA would break the deadlock in the top of the third when a man scored from third base on a passed ball.
The Buccaneers would respond with a run of their own in the bottom of that inning when a sacrifice fly from Alex Tomasovich would score Blake Hunt from third base making the score 1-1.
The Bulldogs would again cross home plate in the fifth giving them the narrow 2-1 lead.
CSU would respond yet again in the sixth when Walt Quattlebaum stepped to the plate and hit line drive off the left field wall for a double, scoring Derek Smith from second base. That run brought the game back to level terms at 2-2.
The score remained tied at 2-2 going into the top of the eighth inning. Today's game seemed to turn on a single contentious call by the plate home umpire. The umpire ruled a passed ball on a pitch that initially appeared to be tipped to the backstop, allowing the runner to score from third. The questionable call was contended by Charleston Southern head coach Stuart Lake to no avail.
UNC Asheville would subsequently plate four runs that inning, giving them a 6-3 advantage.
The Bulldogs would add three more runs in the ninth to further bolster their lead to 9-2.
Charleston Southern could not muster enough hits in the late innings to mount a rally.
The second game of the Buccaneers’ second Big South home series is slated for tomorrow at 2 p.m. at CSU Ballpark.
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