Bucs Take Two from Eagles in DoubleheaderApril 23, 2011
by CSU Sports Information
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Working their way back from Friday night’s 3-2 loss in extra innings, the CSU baseball team took both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, topping the Winthrop Eagles 7-6 and 7-3 to win the series 2-1 at Winthrop Ballpark in Rock Hill, S.C.
The Buccaneers (22-22, 9-9) earned their fourth Big South series win. They previously swept Radford 3-0 and took 2-1 series wins against both UNC Asheville and Gardner-Webb. CSU will take the next week off for final exams before traveling to Statesboro, Ga., on May 4 for a match up with Georgia Southern.
Chinners was 2-for-4 in the first game, coming within two hits of tying the school’s all-time hits record while also adding in a run and an RBI. Walt Quattlebaum was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, while Brantley Meier and Matt Still each drove in two runs as well. Patrick Dolan gave up three total runs; one earned, and struck out seven in 5.0 innings to pick up his third win of the season. Charlie McCready picked up the save, striking out three and giving up three earned runs in 4.0 innings. Dolan and McCready combined to give up a total of nine hits.
Adam Gliebe and Tyler Cook were each 2-for-3 with a run for the Eagles as four different players drove in runs. Robert Lake took the loss, giving up seven runs off of 10 hits in 5.1 innings. Tommy Lawrence threw 3.2 innings in relief and held the Bucs scoreless.
Chinners homered in the first at-bat of the second inning to put the Bucs up 1-0. The Eagles came back to tie it in the bottom of the third, when Eddie Rohan hit a homer run of his own.
Still doubled down the left field line to drive home Quattlebaum and Alex Tomasovich, putting the Bucs ahead 3-1 in the top of the fourth inning. Once again, Winthrop came back to tie things up in the bottom of the inning. Patrick Gamblin scored on a CSU error before Gliebe crossed home plate to make it 3-3.
Quattlebaum kicked off the top of the sixth with his third home run of the year, putting CSU ahead 4-3. Still and Blake Hunt each hit a double, with Still crossing home plate to add to the Bucs’ lead at 5-3. Meier singled to drive home Hunt and Cody Austin to put the score at 7-3.
The Eagles attempted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh, but came up a run short. Cook scored on a Chas Crane double to cut the deficit to three at 7-4. Crane and Cam Walters both made it home, but Winthrop wouldn’t cross home plate again as the Bucs took the 7-6 win.
Senior Jesse Cadenhead got the start and the win in the second game of the doubleheader, pitching his second complete game of the season. Cadenhead tied his career high by striking out nine WU batters. He gave up just three runs off of six hits.
Chinners took another step closer to CSU history, going 1-for-5 to fall a hit short of tying CSU’s all-time record of 244 career hits. However, it was freshman Tomasovich who led the way by going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Jaren Sustar was 2-for-4, crossing home plate twice, while Quattlebaum had two hits and drove in two runs. The Bucs had 12 hits and one error in picking up their second win of the afternoon.
Cadenhead surrendered half of his hits to Gamblin, who went 3-for-4 in game two of the doubleheader. Cook was 1-for-2 and crossed home plate twice, while Walters and Matt Lobacz each had a hit as well.
It was once again the Bucs who got on the board first as Derek Smith singled to left field, scoring Tomasovich and putting CSU ahead 1-0 in the top of the second. They padded the lead with two more runs in the top of the second. Meier scored on a single by Chinners before a double from Quattlebaum brought Chinners across home plate to keep CSU ahead 3-0.
The Eagles made it home in the bottom of the third as Cook scored on a wild pitch to put WU on the board at 3-1. However the Bucs wouldn’t allow Winthrop to make the comeback, and added another run in the top of the fifth inning. Sustar singled to start things off, and then stole second before Tomasovich drove him home to put the score at 4-1 in favor of CSU.
Tomasovich took a base after being hit by a pitch in the top of the eighth while Still reached on a fielder’s choice on the next play. Meier then singled to left field to drive both of them home, putting the Bucs up five at 6-1.
The Eagles added another run in the bottom of the inning, as Cook led off with a single before making it home on a sac fly by Rohan to cut the CSU lead to four at 6-2.
Both teams scored in the ninth, with the Bucs striking first in the top of the inning. Sustar singled to left field, the stole second. A single by Quattlebaum then drove Sustar home, adding to the CSU 7-2. Brett Thomas walked for the Eagles in the bottom of the inning, making it home when Gliebe grounded into a double play. However, TJ Olesczuk grounded out to end the game soon, giving the Bucs the 7-3 win. Related Item: Box Score